Fairchild Botanical Garden

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Fairchild Botanical Garden

The garden was established in 1936 by Robert H. Montgomery (1872–1953), an accountant, attorney, and businessman with a passion for plant-collecting. The garden opened to the public in 1938. It was named after his good friend David Fairchild (1869–1954), one of the great plant explorers. Dr. Fairchild’s extensive travels brought more than 20,000 important plants to the United States, including mangos, alfalfa, nectarines, dates, horseradish, bamboos and flowering cherries. David Fairchild retired to Miami in 1935, but many plants still growing in the Garden were collected and planted by Dr. Fairchild, including a giant African baobab tree. With the guidance of an influential circle of friends, Montgomery pursued the dream of creating a botanical garden in Miami. He purchased the site, named it after Dr. Fairchild, and later deeded it in large part to Miami-Dade County.

Fairchild Botanical Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden offers educational programs to all age groups. Simple horticultural study, art and painting, photography, and culinary courses are offered. More than five different childhood educational programs are offered at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for kindergarten to 12th grade. Through scientific investigation and garden exploration, students learn the fundamentals of botany, landscape, and nature. The programs included are the Explorer Program, Discovery Program, Adventure Program, Planet Mobile Program, and Homeschool Program. Through one such program, The Fairchild Challenge, around 20,000 students at more than 120 K-12 schools across Miami-Dade County plant, maintain, grow and learn in their school gardens. This program offers garden consultations and teacher workshops as well as provides school garden grants. They include staff supervision, guided activities, and hands-on learning experiences. Graduate students can apply for Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s graduate fellowship. This fellowship trains students in “systematics, ecology, evolutionary biology, and genetics” and more.

Fairchild Botanical Garden

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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is among the world’s best tropical botanic gardens. Here you will find internationally renowned collections of cycads, flowering trees, tropical fruits, vines, aroids and endangered species, which provide a living laboratory for scientists, and the opportunity of discovery for everyone. In addition, Fairchild has the largest palm collection in the U.S. and is also the keeper of the National Palm Collection as designated by the American Public Gardens Associations.With its beautiful paths, vistas and outstanding horticultural displays, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden provides every visitor with an unforgettable experience.

Fairchild Botanical Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is among the world’s best tropical botanic gardens. Here you will find internationally renowned collections of cycads, flowering trees, tropical fruits, vines, aroids and endangered species, which provide a living laboratory for scientists, and the opportunity of discovery for everyone. In addition, Fairchild has the largest palm collection in the U.S. and is also the keeper of the National Palm Collection as designated by the American Public Gardens Associations.

Fairchild Botanical Garden

Do you have a plant in your garden that you aren’t familiar with? Or, perhaps are looking to find out its origins and how it came to South Florida? If so, bring your specimen to Fairchild’s Herbarium and let our scientists uncover its secrets! Bring a cutting from your plant to Fairchild’s Herbarium team on the first Friday of every month at 1:00 p.m. and participate in our Plant Identification Workshop.

Fairchild Botanical Garden

Plant ID WorkshopDo you have a plant in your garden that you aren’t familiar with? Or, perhaps are looking to find out its origins and how it came to South Florida? If so, bring your specimen to Fairchild’s Herbarium and let our scientists uncover its secrets! Bring a cutting from your plant to Fairchild’s Herbarium team on the first Friday of every month at 1:00 p.m. and participate in our Plant Identification Workshop.Read more

Fairchild Botanical Garden

With 45,000 members and over 1,200 volunteers, Fairchild plays many roles, including museum, laboratory, learning center and conservation research facility, but its main role is preserving biodiversity, which the garden’s scientists, staff and volunteers all contribute to on a daily basis. In 2012, Fairchild also became the home of the American Orchid Society.

Fairchild Botanical Garden

Military Discount Fairchild offers active military personnel and veterans free admission year-round. We also participate in the Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission to families of active military personnel through Labor Day (September 1, 2014). Culture Shock Miami We participate in Culture Shock Miami,which offers discounted tickets to Fairchild for participating students between the ages 13-22.

Fairchild scientists are conserving tropical plants, hoping to avoid the extinction of species and their habitats. These activities are measured by the delivery of quantifiable conservation benefits to Fairchild’s priority geographic investment regions (South Florida, Caribbean, oceanic islands, tropical Africa, and Madagascar) and plant groups (palms, cycads, tropical fruit and tropical trees).

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is truly a unique place, and we’re so glad you’ve chosen to visit. Here you can walk garden paths surrounded by the wonders and beauty of nature, talk to experts in horticulture and conservation science, experience an exceptional sculpture garden, see butterflies and birds at every turn, experience our butterfly and hummingbird exhibit, Wings of the Tropics, and take classes on everything from photography to grafting. Walking the grounds will introduce you to a large variety of tropical plants and their amazing array of sizes, shapes and colors. The Garden includes many exhibits and collections as well as native habitats brought together in a unified landscape design that flows from one area to another.

Throughout the year the garden hosts a series of seasonal weekend festivals ranging from the International Chocolate Festival, the International Mango Festival, the Butterfly Festival, the Bird Festival, the Orchid Festival, the Ramble, the Food and Garden Festival and the Edible Garden Festival. Other activities include concerts, plant society meetings and a wide variety of classes. The Ramble is very popular with Fairchild Garden members who look forward to the event so they can purchase plants which are highly desired. This event is usually held in the Fall of each year.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is an 83-acre (34 ha) botanic garden, with extensive collections of rare tropical plants including palms, cycads, flowering trees and vines. It is located in metropolitan Miami, just south of Coral Gables, Florida, United States, surrounded at the south and west by Matheson Hammock Park.

Join naturalist and artist, Hillary Parker as we observe, explore, discover and create beautiful works of art that are inspired by the natural beauty of Fairchild. Using colored pencils, watercolors, collage, pen and ink and mixed media, students will learn while creating works of art. On the first day of camp a $10 fee will be collected for art supplies provided by the instructor.

Join naturalist and artist, Hillary Parker and have fun creating and illustrating some delicious edible art. Students will work in a studio and outdoors throughout Fairchild while gathering and sketching edible plants, fruits, and veggies and creating recipes to prepare and sample. On the first day of camp a $10 fee will be collected for art supplies provided by the instructor.

Drawn To Nature Art Camp with Hillary Parker (for Ages 8-11) Join naturalist and artist, Hillary Parker as we observe, explore, discover and create beautiful works of art that are inspired by the natural beauty of Fairchild. Using colored pencils, watercolors, collage, pen and ink and mixed media, students will learn while creating works of art. On the first day of camp a $10 fee will be collected for art supplies provided by the instructor.

Edible Art Camp with Artist Hillary Parker (for Ages 8-11) Join naturalist and artist, Hillary Parker and have fun creating and illustrating some delicious edible art. Students will work in a studio and outdoors throughout Fairchild while gathering and sketching edible plants, fruits, and veggies and creating recipes to prepare and sample. On the first day of camp a $10 fee will be collected for art supplies provided by the instructor.

Maria49_12 Miami, Florida Level Contributor 5 reviews 4 attraction reviews 1 helpful vote “Awesome inspiring walks” Reviewed 1 week ago One of the most relaxing places for a walk. The collection of tropical plants in the Botanical Garden are remarkable, specially the collection of palm trees. Do not miss the tram tour. The narration is very interesting. Helpful? Thank Maria49_12 Report

The garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. It is the premier conservation and education-based garden in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation. It has field programs in more than 20 countries throughout the tropical world. The palm and cycad collections are considered the greatest in the world and are nationally recognized by the American Public Gardens Association. The education program reaches more than 100,000 schoolchildren each year. The garden hosts events like the International Chocolate, Mango and Orchid festivals, and an annual art exhibition.

Students who have taken Chris’ palm classes will also enjoy his knowledge about this very diverse, largely tropical family, with an emphasis on aroids for the South Florida garden. Identification, propagation, care and landscape use will be covered. After a hands-on activity, students will leave with aroids to include in their own garden. Larger plants will be available for purchase.

Aroids: Getting to Know These Tropical Beauties Students who have taken Chris’ palm classes will also enjoy his knowledge about this very diverse, largely tropical family, with an emphasis on aroids for the South Florida garden. Identification, propagation, care and landscape use will be covered. After a hands-on activity, students will leave with aroids to include in their own garden. Larger plants will be available for purchase. Read more

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