topic: Transforming Lives through the Transformation of Urban Landscapes
location: Pinecrest Gardens 11000 Southwest 57th Avenue | Miami, FL 33156
time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
James Jiler will speak about his experience helping prisoners and at-risk youth re-direct their lives through horticulture and gardening. In programs at prisons, drug rehabilitation centers and inner-city high schools, James teaches and works with at-risk groups planting urban food forests and native gardens in an effort to return Miami’s exotic landscapes back to native habitat.
James holds a master’s degree in Forestry and Social Ecology from Yale University and is the former director of The Horticultural Society of New York’s GreenHouse Program, a jail-to-street horticulture program at New York City’s jail complex on Rikers Island. As a landscape designer, he has created gardens in Miami and other US cities and in India. He also directs the Miami-based Urban GreenWorks, a non-profit providing environmental programs and green job training to at-risk youth and others. James is author of Doing Time in the Garden (New Village Press, 2006) and appeared in two recent documentaries, the "Healing Gardens" and "Dirt: The Movie." In September 2012 he gave a TED talk at the Coconut Grove TEDx conference where he was a recipient of the first annual HOPE Prize. He spent 6-years living in Kathmandu, Nepal, working with ecological farming systems in the Himalayas and teaching at the University of Kathmandu.
May 29 | 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
May 31 - June 2 | Native Plant Sale & Food Truck Migration
location: Tropical Audobon Society
address: 5530 Sunset Dr Miami, FL 33143
The weather is perfect for planting a South Florida butterfly and bird friendly garden! Kick-start conservation at home by purchasing native plants at this yearly Tropical Audubon Society Native Plant Sale. Nursery operators and fellow native plan enthusiasts designers will be on hand to offer advice and answer questions on how to incoporate native plants into your landscape designs and home gardens. Buy a native plant, save water, and create habitat for wildlife! All proceeds support TAS.
Members-only Pre-Sale Friday, May 31: 4-7 p.m.
Saturday, June 1: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday, June 2: 9 a.m.-3 p.m
June 2 from 4pm to 8pm: Tropical Audubon Society's Winter Food TRuck Migration will hatch beneath the shady canopy that comprises the Steinberg Nature Center, a 3-acre native oasis
in the heart of South Miami. Forage for your supper among 12 unique food vendors; dine alfresco at communal picnic tables or tuck in under the Chickee; slake your thirst at the Bird Bard, wander Nature Trails; tour the historic Doc Thomas House; and listen to a chorus of birds sing the sun to bed.
June 1 | Put Some Zen in Your Yard
speaker: Min Lum Mossman, FIU Professor Asian Studies Program, Architecture, & Landscape Design
location: Miami Beach Botanic Garden
location: 2000 Convention Center Drive | Miami Beach, FL 33139
web: Miami Beach Botanical Garden
Asia has one of the richest horticultural histories in the world, and gardens have played an important role in the shaping of different cultures. Learn the symbolism and secrets of the Far East landscapes with Min Lum Mossman, a Professor at Miami's Florida International University with a focus on the Asian Studies Program, Architecture, and Landscape Design. Mrs. Mossman is a published author on Asian garden symbolism and philosophy. Mrs. Mossman will cover the history, typology, and symbolism in the Japanese Garden, essential Chinese/Japanese garden concepts such as walking and centering meditation, and religious and philosophical concepts of the garden such as Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, and Shinto.
June 1-3 | Tropical Flowering Tree Society 76th Annual Royal Poinciana Fiesta
Join the South Florida Tropical Flowering Tree Society as it celebrate one of South Florida's most iconic trees. the Royal Poiciana. This is the 76th year of the festival.
SATURDAY, JUNE 1
8:30am | Tree Planting
Meet at SW 24th Ave. on the west side of US 1 in Coconut Grove. Park on the street on SW 27th Ave. Bring hat, gloves, and a shovel if you have one. We will plant flowering trees and
shrubs along the Metrorail right-of-way. Volunteers must be 18 or over. Sponsored by Tropical Flowering Tree Society and TREEmendous Miami. For more information, contact Steve Pearson at 305-259-8006.
SUNDAY, JUNE 2
11:30am | Gates Open | Bring a picnic lunch and explore the Kampong, former home of David Fairchild, located at 4013 Douglas Road, Coconut Grove.
1:00 pm | Tour of Flowering Royal Poincianas | Boarding for a narrated, air-conditioned bus tour of the area’s most dazzling royal poincianas and other exceptional trees. Reservations are required--limited seating!For reservations call Carol Vannoorbeeck at 305-258-1086. Tickets are $25 per person.
Tours will be narrated by Larry Schokman, Director Emeritus of the Kampong; and Steve
Pearson, Director of the Gifford Arboretum at UM. Both men are founders and former presidents of the Tropical Flowering Tree Society. Refreshments will be served after the tour at the Kampong.
MONDAY, JUNE 3
6:30pm Fiesta | Reception in the garden house at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. Use the south entrance.
7:00 pm | First of two tram tours of the Garden. Inside, enjoy the jazz music of Joe Donato,
and take the opportunity to purchase works from our talented artists. The 76th Poinciana Queen and her Court will be announced and awarded college scholarships. Learn the winner of the Larry Schokman book award, presented to a community member exemplifying the Tropical Flowering Tree Society’s goal to “Color the Horizon.” Join us for wine and cheese, the famous
royal poinciana punch, and cake.
ADMISSION: This evening is free for TFTS memmbers. A $5 fee will be charged for non members.