location: Fairchild Tropical Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami, FL 33156
time: 7:30 PM
The New World plant family Bromeliaceae is represented in Florida by 16 species distributed among three genea: Tillandsia (12), Catopsis (3) and Guzmania (1). These range from such common species as the familiar Spanish Moss (Tillandsia Usneoides) to such seldom-seen species as the comically named Fuzzy-Wuzzy Air Plant (Tillandsia pruinosa) and NoddingCatopsis (catopsis nutans), which are rare in Florida. In addition, two named natural hybrids in Tillandsia have been recorded for the state. These native bromeliads will be the subject of an old-fashioned slide program by native plant enthusiast Chuck McCartney.
May 22 | Miami Beach Convention Center Master Plan Public Meeting
agenda/Committee: Finance & Citywide Projects Committee
address: 1755 Meridian Avenue | Miami Beach, Florida
room: Third floor, Training room
time: 3:00 p.m.
The City of Miami Beach is in the process of developing the 52-acre Miami Beach Convention Center District. Two top qualified teams have been short-listed to continue on to phase II. This is the first of two meetings open to the public. The second meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 28, at11:00 a.m held at the Commission Chambers, third floor, Miami Beach City Hall, 1700 Convention Center Drive. The second meeting is a Special Planning Board meeting.
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) Architecture has collaborated with West 8 Landscape Architects, Fentress, JPA and developers Portman CMC to challenge an OMA- and South Beach ACE-lead team in the 52-acre Miami Beach Convention Center overhaul. With a mission to “bring Miami Beach back to the Convention Center,” BIG’s newly unveiled proposal aims to transform the “dead black hole of asphalt in the heart of one of the most beautiful and lively cities in America” into an archipelago of urban oases made up of paths, plazas, parks and gardens, which will all lead to the heart of the plan: the Miami Beach Square. This tropical centerpiece will become the front door to the convention center and the convention hotel, as well as the front lawn to a revitalized Jackie Gleason Theatre, a town square for the city hall, an outdoor arena for the Latin American Cultural Museum, and the red carpet for the big botanical ball room. <read more at ArchDaily.com>
The South Beach ACE-lead team is comprised of national developer Tishman, international architecture firm OMA, and Miami Beach developer UIA Management. Landscape architects for the group include Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and the Miami landscape architecture firm of Raymond Jungles. ACE's vision involves bringing to life one of Miami Beach’s most underutilized public sites with a fully-revamped convention center capable of luring major events from around the world, an iconic hotel, inviting green spaces, low-density retail uses, and cultural venues. <read more at ArchDaily.com>
May 24-26| South Florida Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale
location: Fairchild Tropical Garden | 10901 Old Cutler Road | Miami, FL 33156
time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
The South Florida Cactus and Succulent Society invites everyone from plant enthusiasts to the merely curious to its 29th Annual Show and Sale for the opportunity to acquire collectible cacti and succulents in a variety of colors and forms. Wander through our air-conditioned exhibit of superior specimens entered for judged competition. Hundreds of different species of flowering cacti and succulent plants will be offered for sale. Also, Society members will be available at the show to answer questions and provide advice on plant cultivation and propagation techniques for incorporating succulents in your landscape designs and collector gardens. Volunteers will assist visitors carrying their purchases to their vehicles.