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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

 

 

2018                        Meetings and Events

January 22: 

 Speaker: Dr. Chad Husby
 
Program: Our new Vice-President will give a slide presentation about a trip to Thailand that he and Dr. Brett Jestrow of Fairchild undertook to find new plants for the Garden in Decembe 2017 after Hurricane Irma. During this trip, they traveled to many nurseries, gardens and private collections from Bangkok to South Thailand and East Thailand. As a result, 22 large boxes of new plants from ferns to lycophytes to conifers, flowering trees, succulents, aroids and epiphytes were introduced to the Garden and are currently being acclimated to South Florida. Some of the new plants will be on display for the talk.

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

 Raffle table by:
Fantastic Ferns & Linda Bell

February :  

 Community Day at Chapman Field. 
Chapman Field is the USDA's large and historic Subtropical Horticulture Research Station (SHRS) located at 13601 Old Cutler Road. Once a year it is open to the public for an event now known as "Community Day". Open from 10:00AM - 3:30PM

February 26: 

 Speaker: Craig Morrell
 Program: Hurricane Restoration

 Hurricane Restoration is near and dear to our hearts in the South Florida plant community. Craig began his career in horticulture in 1974 and earned a degree in Ornamental Horticulture at the University of Florida. He worked as a nursery inspector for the Fla. State Dept. of Agriculture before managing an orchid grower company and spending a decade as a resort horticulturist. Prior to joining the National Tropical Botanic Garden as the Director of the Kampong, Craig was the horticulturist at Pinecrest Gardens. He is a font of information and having experienced many hurricanes in South Florida will surely be able to impart some of his knowledge of plant recovery following a natural disaster of this type.

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

 Raffle table by: Jose Lopez & Tom Moore

March 27:    Speaker: Chip Jones
 
Program: 
Cycads from Mexico
 
 Chip has been a resident of southern Florida for 16 years and has been gardening much longer. Originally from northern Alabama, he studied horticulture at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville. His work history includes vegetative propagation of gymnosperms in South Carolina, New England native plants, and tropical landscaping. At the nursery for his company, Jones Landscaping, in Davie, Chip has been growing palms, cycads, bromeliads, and a wide variety of other plant interests. He also travels extensively to observe plant habitats and horticulture in the tropics

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

 Raffle table by: Can't Grow Squash & Wicked Mike's

April 14 & 15:  Spring Plant Sale at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens
 
10901 Old Cutler Road. Coral Gables, Fl 33156
 9:00AM - 4:30PM Daily 
 Sale is free after paid admission to the Garden.

April 23: 

 Speaker: Nick Ewy of Naples Botanical Garden
 Program: A Talk on Epiphytes

 Ever since he was a boy growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Nick Ewy has had an interest in rare and tropical plants. Throughout his childhood Nick was an avid plant grower, collector and gardener. Nick started working at a rare plant nursery in High School and then went on to obtain a degree in botany and plant pathology from Michigan State University. When Nick moved to Florida he was employed at the American Orchid Society Botanic Garden in Delray Beach and worked as lead horticulturist at the international Polo Club in Wellington. In July 2013, Nick joined the Naples Botanic Garden as Associated Director of Horticulture

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

 Raffle table by: Ree Gardens & Rory Antoink

May 26 - 27:

 Our Annual Show and Sale 
 at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
 
 10901 Old Cutler Road. Coral Gables, Fl 33156

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

May 28: 

 Speaker: Steven J. Royer
 
Program: 
”Ferns from Folklore to Natural History”

 Steven has been involved with the fern and plant worlds for many years. He studied fern biology with the legendary Warren H. Wagner at the University of Michigan and continued his involvement with ferns in the botanical garden world and as a hobby since then. Steven has worked as Program Manager at Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve in Michigan, as Special Projects Coordinator at American Public Gardens Association and as Director of Program Development at American Orchid Society and as Director of Development at Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach before beginning his current position as a biology professor. He attained his B.S. degree from the University of Michigan and M.S. in Biology from Andrews University. He also does consulting work on horticultural and botanical projects, including developing the concept of Micro-Botanical Gardens.

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

 Raffle table by: Glenda & Michael Weed

June 25:

 Speaker: Dr. Sally Chambers
 Program: 
Epiphytic Fern Diversity in Belize, Cuba, and Peru

 "Dr. Sally Chambers will be sharing tales of her recent field trips to Belize, Cuba, and Peru to study and document epiphytic fern diversity. She will also provide a brief overview of some of the other research she has been conducting during her first year at Selby Gardens." 
"Dr. Chambers has been a botanist at Marie Selby Botanic Garden since May 2017. Before that she held the position of postdoctoral researcher at the University of Florida. She holds a Ph.D. in plant ecology and evolutionary biology from Purdue University and completed her undergraduate work in natural resource and conservation management at the University of Kentucky. Chambers’ botanical garden experience includes an internship in the horticulture department at the Missouri Botanical Garden."

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

 Raffle table by:
Ralph Hernandez & Bob Benaim

July & August: 

 No Meeting July or August

September 24:

 Speaker: TBA
 Program: TBA

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

 Raffle table by: 
 Natures Tapestry (Ellis & Rusty Brown) & Bob Benaim

October 22:  
 No Raffle table 
November 9, 10 & 11:  The Ramble
 @ Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
 
10901 Old Cutler Road. Coral Gables, Fl 33156
 9:30AM - 4:30PM
November26:  Speaker: TBA
 Program: TBA

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

 Raffle table by: Oasis Nursery (Duane & Rebecca Tannenbaum & Reggie Whitehead

December 13:  Holiday Party for Members and their Guests Only

 

2019

                       Meetings and Events

January 28: 

 Speaker: TBA
 Program: TBA

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

 Raffle table by: 
  Fantastic Ferns (Frank & Sally Tastinger) & Rory Antolak

February :  

 Community Day at Chapman Field. 
Chapman Field is the USDA's large and historic Subtropical Horticulture Research Station (SHRS) located at 13601 Old Cutler Road. Once a year it is open to the public for an event now known as "Community Day". Open from 10;00AM - 3:30PM

February 25: 

 Speaker: TBA
 Program: TBA

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

 Raffle table by: 
 Leaf Gardens (David & Maritza Hernandez) & Jesse Durko

March 25:

 Speaker: TBA
 Program: TBA

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

 Raffle table by: 
 Can't Grow Squash (Stephanie LaRusso) & Scott Cohen

April 13 & 14:  Spring Plant Sale at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens
 
10901 Old Cutler Road. Coral Gables, Fl 33156
 9:00AM - 4:30PM Daily 
 Sale is free after paid admission to the Garden.

April 22:

 Speaker: TBA
 Program: TBA

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

 Raffle table by: 
 Ree Gardens (Marie & Steve Nock) & David Foster

May 27:

 Speaker: TBA
 Program: TBA

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

 Raffle table by: 
 Weeds & Stuf (Glenda & Michael Weed) & Chip Jones

June 1 & 2:

 Our Annual Show and Sale 
 at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
 
 10901 Old Cutler Road. Coral Gables, Fl 33156

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

June 24:

 Speaker: TBA
 Program: TBA

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

 Raffle table by: Jose Lopez & Ralph Hernandez

 No Meetings July & August

September 23:

 Speaker: TBA
 Program: TBA

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

 Raffle table by: 

October 28:

 Our Annual Auction
 @ 7:30pm @ Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
 Garden House - 10901 Old Cutler Road. Coral Gables, Fl 
 No Raffle Table
November 
8, 9, & 10:
 The Ramble
  @ Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
 
10901 Old Cutler Road. Coral Gables, Fl 33156
 9:30AM - 4:30PM

November 25:

 Speaker: TBA
 Program: TBA

 @ 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

 

 

 

 

 

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