topic: Botanical Gardens: The Good, the Great & the Weird
location: Fairchild Tropical Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami, FL 33156
time: 7:30 PM
About the speaker: Dr. Maunder is Associate Dean for Research Engagement at Florida International University and Interim Director of the Kampong. He is a graduate of the School of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and earned a Msc. And Ph.D. from the University of Reading. Mike has 25 years experience in habitat and species conservation with extensive field experience in the Middle East, Caribbean and Eastern Africa.
February 25 | Native Plant Society of Miami-Dade
topic: A New Look at the Mint Family (Lamiaceae)
speaker: Roger Hammer
time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
location: Pinecrest Gardens,11000 SW 57 Ave (Red Road), Pinecrest, FL 33156
The Mint Family (Lamiaceae) has undergone some recent revisions with some members of the Verbenaceae (Verbena Family) being moved into this rather well-known plant family. Thirty-seven genera are represented by this plant family in Florida and some are widely cultivated by butterfly gardeners and even grown as potherbs to add to stews and soups or to make refreshing teas.
February 26 | Redland Tropical Fruit & Vegetable Society
topic: New topic and speaker each month
location: Fruit and Spice Park | 24801 SW 187 Avenue | Homestead, FL 33031
date: Last Wednesday of each month
time: 7:30 pm
February 27 | Landscape Architect - Raymond Jungles
topic: Roberto Burle Marx, Raymond Jungles and Recent Work
location: Fairchild Tropical Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road,Miami, FL 33156
time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
web: Fairchild Tropical Garden Event Website
admission: Admission is free for Fairchild Members and children 5 and younger. Non-members: $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up and $12 for children 6-17.
Award-winning landscape architect, Raymond Jungles, will present recent works designed by his Miami-based studio and speak of the legacy and influence of Brazilian artist and landscape architect, Roberto Burle Marx on his firm's work.
February 28 | Upper Keys Garden Tour
web: Garden Club of the Upper Keys
location: Key Largo between mile marker 82 and mile marker 102
The Garden Club of the Upper Keys will host its 35th annual Garden Walk on Friday 28, 2014 from 10 am until 4 pm. This popular event is a self-guided tour of private tropical gardens showcasing some of the most beautiful properties in the Upper Keys. Most of these gardens are open to the public only for this one-day event.
This year’s theme is “Through the Garden Gate,” reflecting the different types of gardens seen through their opening gates. The properties include several unique and mature gardens. Located between MM 75 and MM 95, these include a garden of native, naturalized and exotic palms, some reaching 40 feet, along with an abundance of fruit and native trees. Another-- a landscape design by the homeowner -- includes native plants and trees in a salt-tolerant seascape. Behind an artist-designed, tropical-reef-scene gate, another garden is a xeriscape of native and tropical plantings covering over an acre, a garden designed to minimize water usage. Do not miss a 1950’s site in Islamorada, with palms estimated to be 100 years old and bromeliads growing 20 feet up the trees.
Participants are invited to a complimentary garden tea party at the garden club's historic Francis Tracy Garden Center (Mile Marker 94) in Tavernier featuring artisans, landscape plant sales, original art, complimentary refreshments, live music, and the Club’s gardens. Vendors will be on site throughout the day.
Tickets for the walk are available for a $25 donation to the Garden Club of the Upper Keys and may be obtained in advance beginning February 1 at the following locations:
Key Largo Chamber of Commerce – MM 106 (Bayside)
Key Largo Florist & Gift Shop – MM 99.5 (Oceanside)
Islamorada Chamber of Commerce – MM 87 (Bayside)
The Banyan Tree – MM 81 (Oceanside)
On the day of Garden Walk 2014, tickets will also be available at the Francis Tracy Garden Center.