MiamiGreen.Co is a Green Events Calendar featuring South Florida architecture, environmental design, garden lectures, and eco events. This events calendar is provided as a community service for South Florida environmental activists, garden enthusiasts and green industry professionals. Each of the organizations featured in our calendar is a priceless resource of information for sustainable living practices - consider joining a South Florida botanic garden, garden club or plant society today!
Please check each organization's website for more information about individual events and to confirm last minute changes in venues, times and dates. Thank you for visiting!
JUNE 2014 GREEN EVENTS
June 3 | Orchid Society of Coral Gables
location: Fairchild Tropical Garden | 10901 Old Cutler Road | Miami, FL
room: Corbin Building, classroom "A"
date: first Tuesday of every month
time: 7:30 pm
June 7-8 | 77th Annual Royal Poinciana Fiesta
location: Fairchild Tropical Garden | 10901 Old Cutler Road | Miami, FL 33156
SATURDAY, JUNE 7 | 8:30 am Tree Planting
Meet at the Coconut Grove Metrorail Station at SW 27th Avenue for required registration and team assignment. (Free parking at the Coconut Grove Metrorail Station) 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. Refreshments available on site. Sponsored by Tropical Flowering Tree Society and TREEmendous Miami. For information, contact Steve Pearson at 305-259-8006.
SUNDAY, JUNE 8 | The Kampong | 11:30 am Gates Open. Close at 4:30 pm.
Bring a picnic lunch and tour this wonderful Botanic Garden with a docent or on your own. The Kampong is the former home of David Fairchild, located at 4013 Douglas Road, Coconut Grove. Bring a brown bag Also view the art installation " Natural Intersections" by Patricia Van Dalen which illustrates the voyages of David Fairchild around the world in search of new and rare plants and fruits. Special Admission to the Kampong, only, is Adults $8, Children $5, Free for Kampong Fellows and Contributor Members. Tickets and reservations available at this special price by calling the Kampong office at 305-442-7169.
SUNDAY, JUNE 8 | The Kampong | 1:00 pm Bus Tour of Flowering Royal Poincianas
Hop on an air-conditioned bus for a narrated tour of the area’s most dazzling royal poincianas (Delonix regia) and other exceptional trees in Coral Gables, South Miami, and Coconut Grove. Reservations are required--limited seating! For reservations call Carol Vannoorbeeck at 305-258-1086. Bus Tour Tickets are $25 per person (includes admission to the Kampong).
Tours will be narrated by Larry Schokman, Director Emeritus of the Kampong; and Steve Pearson, Director of the Gifford Arboretum at University of Miami. Our tour guides are founders and former presidents of the Tropical Flowering Tree Society. Refreshments will be served at the Kampong after the bus tour.
June 7 | The Sustainable Garden
location: Miami Beach Botanic Garden
address: 2000 Convention Center Drive | Miami Beach, FL 33139
web: Miami Beach Botanical Garden
The world can be complicated, but that doesn't mean gardening has to be. Learn how local permaculture farmer Alex Perez is growing his own edibles and medicinals in a way that can sustain himself and the land for now, and for years to come. Alex will share organic and natural ways to control problems in the South Florida garden, and teach you how to plan and manage all aspects of a garden with the long-term health of the planet in mind. Whitefly, aphids, fungi and plant viruses can be controlled without harsh chemicals that destroy beneficial organisms. Learn strategies for avoiding these problems and how to deal with them sustainably when they arise. Alex is a teacher, organic farmer, and founder of Green Paradise Eco Farms in Clewiston, Florida.
June 12 | South Dade Garden Club Meeting
location: Fruit and Spice Park | 24801 SW 187 Ave | Homestead, Florida 33031
date: Second Thursday of each month
June 17 | Bromeliad Society Meeting
topic: Shades of Chantinii
speaker: Alan Herndon
location: Fairchild Tropical Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami, FL 33156
time: 7:30 PM
A photo essay on the tremendous variation seen within 'Aechmea chantinii'. Alan Herndon, a native southern Floridian, is a longtime cog in the success of the BSSF -- chairman of our annual sale, author of an informative monthly column in the BromeliAdvisory, and immediate past treasurer of our organization. He is also well-known in worldwide plant circles through his contributions to the Bromeliad Society International. Alan and his wife, Rhonda, own Tradewinds Tropicals nursery, and in their spare time, they have taught their dogs to catch squirrels.
June 20 | The M-Path: An Urban Oasis Panel & Luncheon
time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
location: Miami Center for Architecture and Design | 100 NE 1st Avenue | Miami, FL 33132
Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door (reduced rate for APA FL and AIA members)
Contact: Gold Coast Section 305-389-4737
Join the Gold Coast Chapter of the American Planning Associations at their new home at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design (MCAD), for the second event of M-Path Month! A panel of experts will discuss a possible transformation of the M-Path, the corridor that runs from Dadeland South station to Brickell stations under the Metrorail, into a first-rate urban greenway. Hear from them about the elements that make up great urban spaces in cities around the US, and what it may take to bring about a similar vision for Miami’s M-Path.
MCAD is located three blocks east of Government Center MetroRail Station. We encourage you to take transit. If you must drive, parking lots and garages are available on NE 2nd Street.
The panel includes:
Rocco Ceo, Professor, University of Miami School of Architecture
Meg Daly, Founder, Friends of the GreenLink
Anthony Garcia, Principal, The Street Plans Collaborative
Maria Nardi, Chief, Planning & Research Division, MDC Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces
Isabel Padron, PE, Chief, Design & Engineering Division, Miami-Dade Transit
Moderator: Anamarie Garces, Executive Director, Urban Health Partnership
Register today! Boxed lunches are offered through registration, and advance registration gets you a discount.
June 21 | The Miami Design Charette
time: 8am - 5pm
address: The Light Box | 404 NW 26th Street | Miami, FL 33127
The Miami Design Charette will be held on Saturday, June 21st in the Wynwood Arts District. This event offers the unique opportunity to shape a vision for smart and sustainable growth across Miami Dade county, offering key strategies to cope with the imminent threats of our time: rising seas, diminishing resources and an increasing population. Workshop participants will consider how to accommodate the county’s ever-growing population, while continuing to protect vital environmental resources and providing residents with higher quality of life.
Join the group for a fun and dynamic day: start with a bike tour of Wynwood, refuel on Panther Coffee while listening to local experts over breakfast, feast on local & organic lunch, and bring your ideas and solutions to the table as you focus on the challenges in your community! We will close the evening with a Happy Hour at Gramps.
June 23 | Tropical Fern and Exotic Plant Society
topic: The Amazing Medinilla
speaker: Panel presentation by Dr. Jeff Block, Ellis Brown, Phil Iloo and Marie Nock.
location: Fairchild Tropical Garden, Corbin Building,
10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami, FL 33156
time: 7:30 PM
Not a lot is known about Medinillas. Very little is published and online information is difficult to find. And yet this group of plants is growing in popularity. Some gardeners are successful with them and others see cherished plants decline and die. So we have put together a panel of individuals who have collected, grown, bloomed and propagated many varieties of Medinillas for several years. They will share what they have learned through trial and error that has led to their successful practices.
Marie of Ree Gardens will provide an overview of the genus Medinilla and general growing practices. Ellis of Redland Nursery will describe his growing practices and vegetative propagation. Phil of Stelmar Gardens will discuss practices to induce blooming and landscaping with Medinillas. Jeff of Block Botanical Gardens has been growing Medinilla Gregori Hambali from seed and will describe the process he uses. There will be some Medinillas for sale after the presentation.
June 24 | The Secret Lives of Miami's Native Ferns
speakers: Jennifer Possley, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
topic: The Secret Lives of Miami's Rare Native Ferns
location: Pinecrest Gardens
address: 11000 Southwest 57th Avenue Miami, Florida 33156
time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Miami's small County preserves are home to 25 threatened and endangered fern species. Many of the wild populations have just a few dozen individuals! A chance event such as a hurricane, pest outbreak, or even just moving a pile of fill could easily wipe out an entire population. Monitoring wild populations and building a representative collection of these ferns in the Garden is paramount. Join Jennifer Possley, a field biologist and member of Fairchild's "Conservation Team" as she takes you on a virtual tour to some of Miami's remaining fern grottoes and describes the work Fairchild is doing to preserve the remaining rare ferns.
Jennifer has been a field biologist at Fairchild since 2001. She maps and monitors the rare flora of Miami-Dade County and researches the effects of vegetation management. She has special interests in ferns and as well as non-native invasive plants. Prior to joining Fairchild's staff, she received a B.A. in biology from Kalmazoo College and a M.S. in agronomy from the University of Florida. She is originally from the village of Dexter, Michigan. She is a member of FNPS.
June 24 | East Everglades Orchid Society
location: UF Miami-Dade County Extension 18710 SW 288th ST
date: Fourth Tuesday of each month
time: • Mini-class - 7:15 p.m. • General meeting & program - 8:00 p.m.
June 25 | 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