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Meetings and Events

 

The Tropical Fern & Exotic Plant Society meets on the fourth Monday of every month, 
with the exception of July and August. Please see calendar below.
We meet at  Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami, FL 
33156, 7:30 p.m. in the Corbin Building. Light refreshment are served, Plant Raffle.
Visitors are always welcome to attend our meetings. Admission is FREE.
Members are kept informed through our Newsletter which is produced monthly 
(no newsletters in July, August and December).
If you have any questions about any of our Meeting or Events, 
please e-mail us for additional info at: tfeps1@gmail.com

 

2017                        Meetings and Events

January 23: 

 Speaker: Bruce McAplin
 
Program: 
Sansevierias Worth Growing

 @ 7:30pm @ Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
 Corbin Building 10901 Old Cutler Road. Coral Gables, Fl 

 Raffle table by:
Fantastic Ferns - Frank & Sally Tastinger

February 25:  

 Community Day at Chapman Field.  Chapman Field is the USDA's large and historic Subtropical Horticulture Research Station (SHRS) located at 13601 Old Cutler Rd. Once a year it is opened to the public for an event now known as Community Day. It is from 10 am to 3:30 pm.

February 27: 

 Speaker: Reggie Whitehead
 Program: Ferns of the World

 @ 7:30pm @ Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
 Corbin Building 10901 Old Cutler Road. Coral Gables, Fl 

 Raffle table by: General Membership

March 27:    Speaker: Barbara McAdams
 Program: South Florida's Imperiled Butterflies

Barbara, with Miami-Dade County/IFAS Extension Service, will discuss the 39 imperiled butterflies of Florida, with information on planting for pollinators in your home garden. This will be an update on “Florida Friendly” landscapes.

 @ 7:30pm @ Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
 Corbin Building 10901 Old Cutler Road. Coral Gables, Fl 

 Raffle table by: Can't Grow Squash - Stephanie LaRusso

April 8 & 9:    Spring Plant Sale 
 at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens
 
10901 Old Cutler Road. Coral Gables, Fl 
 9:00AM - 4:30PM Daily - Sale is free after paid admission to the Garden.

April 24: 

 Speaker: Paul Wetter, MD
 Program: Setting Up a Small Reverse Osmosis System

 Paul Alan Wetter, MD became interested in orchids the late 1960's when he was studying The Natural History of South Florida. Miami has been his home since childhood. He has been growing orchids, as a hobby ever since, with a special interest in epiphytic orchids in the subtropical garden. 
In his professional career, Paul, Professor Emeritus of the University of Miami School of Medicine, has been a pioneer in minimally invasive surgery and has numerous honors for his contributions to the field. He is Chairman and Executive Director of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons(SLS), an organization he founded in 1989. SLS has 6,000 members worldwide and teaches physicians about new developments and safety in surgery. In 2009 he founded ORReady a world initiative to improve Outcomes for Six Million patients Worldwide. 
In 2003 Paul joined the West Palm Beach Judging Center where he is an Accredited AOS Judge. In 2011 He was a guest lecturer and Judge at the World Orchid Conference in Singapore

 @ 7:30pm @ Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
 Corbin Building 10901 Old Cutler Road. Coral Gables, Fl 

 Raffle table by: Ree Gardens - Steve & Marie Nock

May 22: 

 Speaker: Chad Husby
 Program: Tropical Conifers
 

 Dr. Chad Husby, president of our society, is a botanical horticulturist on staff at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Recently he has been collecting new plants for Fairchild’s collections in Southeast Asia, traveling to Vietnam, Laos, Singapore and Malaysia.

 Dr. Husby has two master’s degrees (applied statistics and horticulture) as well as a PhD from FIU in biologybob. Before joining the FTBG staff, he was collections manager at the Montgomery Botanical Center, where he augmented the collection of tropical conifers. Many tropical and subtropical conifers grow in higher elevations, but there are some that grow in the lowland rainforests of Malaysia, the Philippines 
and Indonesia.

 @ 7:30pm @ Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
 Corbin Building 10901 Old Cutler Road. Coral Gables, Fl 

 Raffle table by: Ralph Hernandez

May 27 - 28:

Our Annual Show and Sale 
 at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
 
 10901 Old Cutler Road. Coral Gables, Fl 

 9:30AM - 4:30PM Daily - Show is Free after paid admission to the Garden.

June 26:

 Speaker: Jeff Wasielewski
 Program: Hurricane-Worthy Tropical Fruit Trees

 @ 7:30pm @ Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
 Corbin Building 10901 Old Cutler Road. Coral Gables, Fl 

 Raffle table by:

July & August:

 No Meetings
September 25:  Speaker: Debra DeMarco
 Program: Designing a Garden

 @ 7:30pm @ Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
 Corbin Building 10901 Old Cutler Road. Coral Gables, Fl 

 Raffle table by:

October 23:  Program: Annual Auction 

The auction will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Garden House
The plant society will auction rare ferns, begonias, orchids, palms, heliconias, gingers, bromeliads, aroids as well as shrubs and tropical flowering trees. The club’s members as well as leading growers and nurseries in the South Florida area are donating specimen plants for this year’s auction.

Attendees will be able to preview plants beginning at 7 p.m. & the auction to follow at 7:30. The public is invited to attend this annual tropical plant auction. There is no entrance fee and there will be delicious refreshments available. This is a wonderful way to acquire beautiful plants at reasonable prices.
Payment by check or cash only.
 
 @ 7:00pm @
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
 Garden House 10901 Old Cutler Road. Coral Gables, Fl 
 
 No Raffle Table. 
Nov. ? :    Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
 " The Annual Ramble "
 10901 Old Cutler Road Coral Gables, Florida
 9:00AM - 4:30PM
November 27:  Speaker: Jason Lopez
 Program: Fairchild's Conservation Work in the Caribbean

 @ 7:30pm @ Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
 Corbin Building 10901 Old Cutler Road. Coral Gables, Fl 

 Raffle table by:

December ?:  Holiday Party for Members and their guests only 
 
No Raffle table

 

 

A few pictures from a past meeting.

Waiting for meeting to start Yes, we have refreshments


Raffle Table from Meeting on April 23, 2012
Provided by Phil Iloo & Redland Nursery

Guest Speakers

Delores speaking on scented plants Larry Cox speaking on Orchids