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Saturday, J
uly 19, 9:00 am
Field Trip to Jesse Durko's Nursery
5151 SW 70 Avenue, Davie, FL 33314
Join fellow members of TFTS on a tour of Jesse Durko's Nursery. You have seen his beautiful plants at out Show & Sale, now see where and how they are grown in this lovely setting in Davie, FL.
Sign up today! Field trip requires a minimum of 15 people!
Carpool with friends.
RSVP to Dolores Fugina at 305-248-0818


77th Annual Royal Poinciana Fiesta, June 7, 8 & 9, 2014    






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.



Meet at 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.


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.



7:00 pm Fiesta

Reception in the garden house at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables.  Use the south entrance.


Tram tours of the Garden, enjoy the jazz music of Joe Donato, and take the opportunity to purchase works from our talented artists.  The 77th Poinciana Queen and her Court will be announced and awarded college scholarships. 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”  will be announced. Join us for wine and cheese, the famous Royal Poinciana punch, and cake.




All proceeds are used to fund the annual college scholarships awarded by the Tropical Flowering Tree Society.




Saturday & Sunday, May 10 & 11
(Mother's Day Weekend)
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Show and Sale
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Rare flowering trees, shrubs and vines will be for sale. Plant delivery available for a nominal fee. Special fertilizer for flowering trees. Plant experts to answer your questions.


Monday, April 14
7:30 pm

Lecture by Dr. Kiat Tan from Gardens By The Bay, Singapore.
“Gardens by the Bay - Year Two” including the recently opened Far East Organization Children’s Garden. This amazing project incorporates water features, climbing and tree houses for children 1-12 years of age. It is open free to the public. What a great way to involve children in the wonders of our natural environment. Don’t miss this special meeting! Dr. Kiat Tan, is a member of the Tropical Flowering Tree Society.

Monday, January 13

7:30 pm

Member Meeting and Lecture by David Lee with a discussion of his new book The World as Garden, The Life and Writings of David Fairchild


Monday, December 9

7:30 - 10:00 pm
TFTS Holiday Party at Fairchild 
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Garden House
Enjoy holiday music, great food and camaraderie with fellow plant lovers.
Please call Yonna at 305-389-5404 to make reservations and say what type of appetizer, salad, side dish, or dessert you plan to share.
One guest of a food-bringing member is free.
$10 for each additional guest, or member not bringing a dish.

Tuesday, December 10
11:00 am
Unveiling and Dedication of a Plaque commemorating and recognizing the many contributions of TFTS in the establishment and beautification of Jean Willis Flowering Tree Park, 7220 SW 61 Court, South Miami, FL 33143


Friday-Sunday, November 8-10

9:30 am-4:30 pm
TFTS at Fairchild's Ramble
Plants galore and everything for the garden.

Monday, October 14
TFTS Members Meeting and Lecture by Kirsten Llamas
7:30 pm, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Saturday, October 19

11:00 am
Annual PigNic
Montgomery Botanical Center
Fun for the whole family with guided walking tour, fun, friendship and great food.
For reservations call Yonna at 305/389-5404.
Please provide 1) number attending (member and 1 guest permitted), 2) what appetizer, salad, side dish or dessert you plan to share.

Monday, September 9
TFTS Members Meeting and Lecture by Rob Bobson
7:30 pm, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Corbin A

June 1-3, Saturday, Sunday & Monday

76th Annual Royal Poinciana Fiesta


May 11-12, Saturday & Sunday
9:30 am-4:30 pm
Mother's Day Plant Sale at Fairchild


Monday, April 8
Members' Meeting, and speakers Larry Schokman on his new book, Plants of the Kampong, and Lynda La Rocca with a short visit to the Hawaiian gardens of the National Tropical Botanic Garden.

Monday, March 11

7:30 pm
Members' Meeting, and Lecture by Joel Crippen, Horticulturist, Mounts Botanical Garden, West Palm Beach. "Flowering Plants at Mounts Botanical Garden."

Monday, February 11

7:30 pm
Members' Meeting, and Lecture by Craig Morell, Horticulturist, Pinecrest Gardens, Miami. "Young Flowering Tree Care - insignts on how to take care of your tree kindergarten"

Monday, January 14

7:30 pm
Members' Meeting, and Lecture by David McLean, "New Flowering Plants - From Knee High to First Story"


Monday, December 10

7:30 pm
TFTS Holiday Party at Fairchild 
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Garden House
Enjoy holiday music, great food and camaraderie with fellow plant lovers.

Please call Yonna at 305-389-5404 to make reservations and say what type of appetizer, salad, side dish, or dessert you plan to share.
One guest of a food-bringing member is free.
$10 for each additional guest, or member not bringing a dish.


Friday-Sunday, November 9-11
9:30 am-4:30 pm
TFTS at Fairchild's Ramble
Plants galore and everything for the garden.

October 27
Lecture by Dr. Kiat Tan, "Gardens by the Bay: A New Garden for Singapore."
7:00 pm, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Garden House
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Dr. Tan was a speaker at the Tropical Flowering Tree Society's 2006 Color Conference. At that time he showed us the plans for this monumental project. Today it is a reality and we will see the stunning results.  Dr. Tan began his career at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota. He was the first Director of the Orchid Identification Center of the American Orchid Society, and the Director of the Museum of Botany and the Arts at Selby Gardens. In 1983 he became the Director of the Singapore Botanical Gardens and later the first CEO of Parks for the National Parks Board in  Singapore. Dr. Tan leads the development of "Gardens by the Bay."  Don't miss this opportunity to meet Dr. Tan. A wine and cheese reception before the presentation is hosted by the Tropical Flowering Tree Society, The American Orchid Society and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

Saturday, October 20
11:00 am
Annual PigNic
Montgomery Botanical Center
Fun for the whole family with guided walking tour,
fun, friendship and great food.
For reservations call Yonna at 305/389-5404.
Please provide 1) number attending (member and 1 guest permitted), 2) what appetizer, salad, side dish or dessert you plan to share.

Monday, October 8

7:30 pm
TFTS Meeting
Lecture by Paul Gehrke, MS, Horticulturist, Pure Beauty Farms
"The Role of Flowering Trees in Urban Environments - New and Unusual Flowering Trees and Shrubs for South Florida"

June 1-4, Fri.-Mon., 75th Annual Royal Poinciana Fiesta

June 1,  11:30 am
Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Avenue
Sponsored by the Coral Gables Garden Club, Tropical Flowering Tree Society, Coral Gables Music Club
$25 per person.
June  2, 8:30 am
TREE PLANTING with TREEmendous Miami
Help us plant trees along US 1 to beautify our city.  Meet at the Coconut Grove Metrorail Station, 
SW 27 Ave. and US 1. All volunteers, 18 and older welcome.
June 3, 11:30 gates open, 1:00 pm tour
See the spectacular blooming Poinciana trees in Coral Gables and Coconut Grove.
Depart from The Kampong, 4013 Douglas Road, Coconut Grove. BYO brown bag lunch and take self-guided tour of the Kampong. 
$25 per person. $8 for Kampong ONLY.
Reservations Required: Carol 305/258-1086
June 4, 7:00 pm
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables
Hors d’oeurvres and cocktails. Music by Joe Donato. Poster artist, Lisa Remeny, and others showing and selling their Poinciana inspired art. Presentations: College Scholarship Awards to Royal Poinciana Queen and her Court, Larry Schokman Book Award, Tram Tour of Fairchild.
TFTS Members free, $5 per person for non-members. No reservations required.

April 9, Mon., TFTS Meeting, FTBG 7:30pm
Distinguished Guest Speaker Thomas Hecker, President of EcoBotanic Designs, Inc.

Thomas Hecker, President of Eco-Botanic Designs, Naples, and founding Director of Naples Botanical Garden, will speak on "Newest & Greatest Finds in Flowering Trees" with an emphasis on Tabebuia (Handroanthus ).  Thomas has traveled recently to Brazil, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Panama, and the Virgin Islands.

Thomas, with over 20 years experience in tropical horticulture and degrees in horticulture and ecological and botanical design, loves plants. In 1992 created a butterfly habitat on the grounds of the famous international Chan Chich Eco-resort in Belize. He returned to Florida to start a landscape and nursery business specializing in butterfly and low water usage gardens. In 1994, he founded the Butterfly Gardening Society, a regional hobby organization. In 1996, Thomas joined world-renowned Missouri Botanical Garden as a tropical horticulturist. Thomas was the first director of Magic Wings Butterfly House and Insectarium, one the nations premier butterfly conservatories, located at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC. In 2002, he was internationally recruited to be the founding director of horticulture at the Naples Botanical Garden. Since forming his own company he has used his expertise both globally and locally for residences of David Copperfield and Michael Jordon, and the Government of Singapore. Thomas has traveled the world extensively collecting tropical flora and fauna for educational display purposes and consulting for private estates, museums, zoos and botanical gardens, but he always enjoys returning to Naples to share his passion for plants.

A native of Cleveland, Thomas began collecting caterpillars at the age of five. At age nine, he and his family moved to Florida where he focused on butterflies year round,. This is where his fascination of the natural world metamorphasized into tropical species. Thomas and his wife Jennifer, the Policy Director at the Conservancy of SW Florida, have two boys, Forest and Reed.

April 21-22, Sat. & Sun.,
TFTS Flowering Tree Sale Zoo Miami All Day Join us for Earth Day at the Zoo

March 12, Mon., TFTS Meeting, FTBG 7:30pm
TFTS will have the pleasure of enjoying a talk by Michael Ferrero, "Flowering Trees from Various Regions of Brazil." Michael has just returned from a three-month trip to Brazil visiting many regions, each with its unique flora. Michael, born in Australia, has worked and traveled all over the world including some years at Nong Nooch Botanic Gardens in Thailand. He is an author, plant explorer and collector of the new, rare and unusual. This will be a very entertaining evening. Don't miss it! **This being the week before St. Patrick's Day we will be serving a bit of Irish stew. We would appreciate it if you could bring a dessert  or side dish. I look forward to seeing you Class A, Corbin Building, South Entrance at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Lynda

February 13, Mon., TFTS Meeting, FTBG 7:30pm 

Classroom A South Entrance, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Our speaker will be Bob Brennan, AKA the Tree Guru. Founder and President of the Tropical Arborist Guild, Bob is the arborist for Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. He will talk about pruning and care of our wonderful tropical flowering trees. Come listen and learn from this entertaining and knowledgeable speaker.

** If you have a favorite Chili recipe bring it along. This is our annual Chili Contest. Or you might bring cornbread or other sides or desserts to share

February 12, Sun.,  2:00pm
Tour of Dr. Jeffery Chait's Garden, 9621 SW 102nd Street, Miami FL 33176 
Join the Tropical Flowering Tree Society for a tour of a unique private garden, filled with Roses, Camellias and Palms and more. Tea and cookies after the tour plus an auction of rare plants. One lucky person will win a door prize

January 9, Mon. TFTS Meeting, FTBG 7:30pm 
Guillermo Valenzuela will be speaking on growing and maintaining flowering trees.



December 12, Mon. TFTS Holiday Party

November 11-13, Fri., Sat. and Sun. Ramble at Fairchild, 9:30-4:30
Plants, plants, plants and everything for the garden and gardener. A great garden party to see old friends and make new ones.

October 15, Sat. Annual Pignic
WHERE: At Montgomery Botanical Center 11901 Old Cutler Road (near Red Road) Coral Gables FL
WHEN: 11:30 -Guided Walking Tour  at 12:15 (wear appropriate footwear) Picnic lunch following the tour.
The menu includes succulent roast pork, chicken and fixings. Please bring an appetizer, salad, side dish or dessert to share with others. Members and 1 guest can attend free. Additional guests $10 per person. RSVP by Oct 5th to Yonna Levine and let her know what you will be bringing 305/389-5404


October 10, Mon. TFTS Meeting FTBG 7:30pm 
Lecture by David Lee, author of Wayside Trees of Tropical Florida

September 12, Mon. TFTS Meeting FTBG 7:30pm
Speakers are Brian Galligan, Director of Horticulture, and Brett Adams, Curator of Collections, speaking on the Flowering Trees of the Naples Botanical Garden..

June 21, Tues. 9:00am - 2:15pm
BUILDING STRONG ROOTS - A hands on workshop sponsored by Miami-Dade County and the University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service. 18710 SW 288 Street call 304/248-3311 for more details.

June 11-13, Sat-Mon. 74th annual Royal Poinciana Fiesta
Save the date for the oldest and longest running Festival in Miami. Join us and help us celebrate the beginning of summer. For reservations call 305/258-1086.
June 11, Sat.
8:30am - Tee Planting. Meet at the Coconut Grove Metrorail Station parking lot. Bring a hat, cloves, and a shovel if you have one. Volunteers must be 18 years of age and older. Sponsored by TREEmendous Miami. For more information contact Steve Pearson at 305/259-8006.
June 12, Sun.
11:30am - Gates open, so bring a picnic lunch and explore the Kampong, built as the home of David and Marion Fairchild, 4013 Douglas Road, Coconut Grove.
1:00pm - Board air-conditioned busses for a narrated tour of the area's most dazzling Royal Poincianas and other exceptional trees. $25 per person, limited seating. Reservations are required, call Carol Vannoorbeeck at 305/258-1086.  Tour will be narrated by Larry Schokman, Director Emeritus of The Kampong, and Steve Pearson, past president of the Tropical Flowering Tree Society and member of TREEmendous Miami. Refreshments will be served at The Kampong after the tour.
June 13, Mon.
Reception in the Garden House at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. 
First of two tram tours of the garden. In the Garden House enjoy jazz music by Joe Donato, and purchase items from local talented artists. The Poinciana Queen and her Court will be announced and presented with college scholarships. Also announced will be 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. This event is free for members of the TFTS and one guest. $5 for non-members.   Help us celebrate the beginning of summer with these fun events we have planned for the community.

There will not be a monthly meeting in May because of the Mother's Day Show & Sale.

May 7-8, Sat.-Sun. Mothers’ Day Show & Sale
The World’s Largest Flowering Tree Show and Sale, held at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, from 9:30-4:30. “This year we have more exciting varieties of trees, shrubs, and vines than ever,” said TFTS Vice President, Robert Bobson.  “If you’re in the market for something rare, fragrant, and spectacular, this is the show for you.”  President Lynda LaRocca announced that new this year are many South African plants. This is one of the largest shows of its kind in the world!  You’ll find all kinds of fabulous plants in a rainbow of colors—plants for your butterfly garden—fragrant plants to perfume your landscape--rare finds for collectors, and so much more.  All this at prices to fit your budget (we accept credit cards, too!).  There will be free grafting classes, and experts will be on hand to answer questions about your plants.  So, skip the cut flowers for Mom this year, and buy her something that will deliver beautiful flowers year after year.  We need volunteers to help bring blooms, sell memberships, educate, check out, set up, take down, bring breakfast and lunch to vendors.   We will need children with carts to valet plants and who need volunteer hours. People travel from around the world to attend and buy from our show so plan to arrive early to this outstanding show. Every year vendors search the globe looking for new and exciting plants to grace our gardens.  Make sure your membership is up to date to get your show and sale catalog in advance of the show and sale.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, and is open from 9:30-4:30.  Admission to the garden (which includes the Show & Sale) is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors (65), $12 for children 6-17, free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under.

April 16-17, Sat.-Sun. Earth Day at the Zoo
We will volunteers to help give tours, distribute information, and  answer questions about TFTS and Flowering trees. EARTH DAY IS COMING!!!! Earth Day has been around since well, surely the beginning of time, but officially since 1970. It’s a shame to honor its existence only one day a year, buy wt least the date serves as a marker reminding us to think about it. The gardening community I feel is generally more conscious about the earth than most. Most of us juggle the simple task of putting trash here and recyclables there as we go about dashing through our busy lives. Even though we do so much, maybe Earth Day is the day we should “think globally and act locally” and ask ourselves if we are we doing all that we can?

Are we turning off lights when not needed?
Are we combining errands, or sharing a ride to save fuel?
It’s a good day to stop and think about our “carbon footprint.“
One way we can help the earth is to plant our gardens wisely by using water smartly. There is a term for this approach - it is called Xerophytic Gardening. I don’t really like the term as it makes me think of cacti, which I have and like, but South Florida doesn’t and shouldn’t look like a desert. What it really means is to plant your garden to utilize the existing conditions to their best advantage.

Noting such things as sun and shade patterns, wet and dry areas or soil types, so now you can think how each area will be used; walkways, entrances, patios, pools and of course your hot tub! Now we can explore style, and there are as many landscape variations as there are people. It’s a wonderful and rewarding way of expressing yourself. You could decide to make your landscape tropical or you could go for a northern look or maybe more formal, natural, Italian, Japanese, serene or exciting , that’s all up to you!

What ever style you chose, I recommend aiming for something a little “over the top” just for fun. Also you should have any kind of plant you like but herein lies the key, each different kind of plant utilizes different amounts of water, and so by placing plants of like requirements together we can create zones, allowing us to water less, where it isn’t necessary, while adequately watering areas that require more moisture.  Planting around your home or anywhere helps the world in many ways, for not only are plants beautiful, delighting the eye and pleasing to the soul, but they do wonderful things for the environment too. A single tree helps filter the air, produces oxygen not to mention its ability to cool us and our houses and thus reducing our electricity costs and also our carbon foot print. At Jesse Durko’s Nursery he offers an extensive collection of trees and shrubs not commonly seen in regular nurseries throughout southern Florida, many of which are specially adapted to growing in gardens requiring less water. In honor of this celebration and for the entire month he is giving a free plant to all Flowering Tree Society Members. Stop by and simply say Happy Earth Day and receive your gift.

April 11, Mon. TFTS Meeting, FTBG, 7:30pm
Presentation by Rick Johnson, Vice Pres. of the South Florida Palm Society.

April  11, CANCELLED Mr. David Williams
Mr. Williams will  be flying in from Dominica to talk to us about the beautiful plants on his island. We met Mr. Williams on the TFTS trip to the Caribbean. He is a wealth of knowledge, and for those of you who missed the trip, it will be a great opportunity to see what the beauty of Dominica.

April 2, CANCELLED Fruit and Spice Park Talk
Come hear Robert Bobson speak on the Jewels of Miami, our flowering trees. Learn how to make your yard flower throughout the year with trees that have beautiful color and perfume the air. Time and Fees to be announced. 

March 12, ZooMiami Tree Planting
Come help plant a tree in front of the zebra, giraffe, or elephant exhibit. Planting starts at 7:00am with a light breakfast. We will help the animals wake up and end the activity with a picnic. Please bring shovels, sunscreen, and gloves.  This is a great event for any teenager looking to get community service volunteer hours for graduation.

March 14, TFTS meeting at Fairchild at 7:30pm
Larry Schokman, Director Emeritus of The Kampong, will speak about "The Kampong, Historical and Horticultural"

February 14, TFTS meeting at Fairchild at 7:30pm
Lee Cicchella, owner of Paradise Found Landscaping in Davie will present "The Use of Rare Flowering Trees In The Landscape". For this meeting only, we will use the upstairs Ballroom at Fairchild's Visitor's Center.  Park in the lot on the right side after you enter. Show your cooking talents by bringing Chili for the contest or a side dish/salad to share. Come and celebrate Valentine’s Day with our annual Chili cook off.  Last year Carol Vannoorbeeck won the event.  Bring your chili and win a flowering tree for the best tasting chili.

February 12, at Fruit and Spice Park CANCELLED
TFTS  will be at the flower show at the Fruit and Spice Park.  We will need volunteers to help set up on Friday the 11th, and will need volunteers throughout the day to give information about TFTS and help sell plants. Please contact Luc if you would like to volunteer at 305/258-1086.


December 13, TFTS annual Holiday Party in Fairchild's Garden House. Click here to see photographs
This is a fun event to meet TFTS members, listen to holiday music and relax. Luc and Carol will cook turkey and we need you to bring a donation of an appetizer, salad or side dish. There will be a silent auction. If anyone would like to donate to this auction please e-mail Cindy Bobson at RobertBobson@bellsouth.net.  All donations are tax deductible.   Reservations are required.  All members are admitted with a guest, all others are $15.00 per person. Please make reservations with Yonna Levine at 305/389-5404.

November 12-14   Fairchild's Ramble
There is no meeting this month, but we do need volunteers to work at Ramble to help recruit members, bring blooms, and run the cash register. Please call Luc Vannoorbeeck to volunteer 305/258-1086.

October 23, TFTS Pignic
This is a wonderful event to meet members of TFTS  and visit the grounds of the Montgomery Botanical Center, 11901 Old Cutler Road across from Four Fillies Farm and next to the Coral Gables Fire Station. The Pignic will start at 11:00. We will promptly have a guided tour of the grounds. Luc and Carol Vannoorbeeck will once again roast a pig which  Dr. Lew Eastlick has volunteered to carve this year. Please, we need your side dishes and desserts to help complete the feast. Please e-mail  Peter O. with your reservations and food donation at Peter@petero.org    Please label all items, dishes and utensils that you want returned to you. This event is free for members and one guest, additional guests are $15.00 each.

October11, Meeting at Fairchild at 7:30pm
Dr Robert McMillan will speak on Cloning Flowering Trees. Tissue culture is the newest way to reproduce plants. Bob will explain how this process is done and how plants can be reproduced  from  tissue culture. Dr. McMillan received his degree from the U of Miami in Entomology. He worked many years for the University of Florida and currently works for Kerry’s Bromeliads and Orchids. He also teaches classes at Miami Dade College. Bob is a long time member of TFTS as well as a board member. The meeting will start with an introduction of blooms from people’s yards. Please bring blooms from your yard for our table. This is a great way to learn the names of plants in your yard and neighborhood.  We will end the meeting with a plant auction.

Sept 13, Meeting at Fairchild starts at 7:30pm
Paul Gehrke will be speaking on the latest and greatest ground cover introductions. He is the head grower for Pure Beauty Farms that supplies all the ground covers for Home Depot, K-Mart, Target, and other retail plant stores. Paul will inspire you to recreate your garden and give you ideas for adding accents for your yard. He is a long time member and board member of TFTS. He graduated from University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in horticulture and a received his Masters degree at the University of Florida.

July-August - No Meetings


June 21, Caribbean Cruise
TFTS Caribbean Cruise departs June 20, 2010 aboard the Carnival Cruise Lines ship VICTORY. And it is one HUGE SHIP!!!! Ports of call include San Juan, PR, St Thomas, USVI, Dominica, Barbados, St Lucia, WI, St Maarten, NA.
Interior cabin $709, Ocean view $809, Balcony $989, Suite $1489
Call Carnival Cruise Lines, Cristy Ayala 800/819-3902 ext 82539, or call Luc or Carol 305/258-1086

June 12-14, 73rd annual Royal Poinciana Fiesta
Join us for the fun of Miami's oldest continuous running festival
June 12, Sat., 8:30 am
Tree Planting
Meet at the Coconut Grove Metro Rail Station Parking lot. Contact Steve Pearson at 305/259-8006
June 13, Sun.
11:00 am, Gates Open.
Bring a picnic lunch and tour The Kampong, the former home of David Fairchild, at 4013 Douglas Rd., Coconut Grove.
1:00 pm, Trolley Tour. Take a tour of the area's most dazzling Royal Poinciana trees in an old-fashioned trolley, narrated by Larry Schokman, former Director of the Kampong, and Steve Pearson, past-president of the Tropical Flowering Tree Society and member of TREEmendous Miami. The tour will depart from the Kampong. The fee for Sunday is $20 per person. Reservations are essential for this popular event. Call 305/258-1086.
June 14, Mon.
6:00 pm
, Cocktail Party
Meet at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in the Garden House, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables (no fee). Take a tram tour of the Garden. The 73rd Queen and her Court will be announced and presented with college scholarship funds. Listen to the jazz music of Joe Donato. Check out the art show. 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 and the famous Royal Poinciana Punch and cake.

The Tropical Flowering Tree Society present the Poinciana Queen and her Court, with college scholarships. Queen- Courtney Alexandrino (center), Princesses Jo Ann Hollingsworth (left) and Lida Esfandiary (right)


If you are interested in showing please contact Paul Gehrke (plgehrke@aol.com)
Tropical Flowering Tree Society Mother’s Day Show & Sale Saturday, May 8th, and Sunday, May 9th, at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, from 9:30-4:30. “This year we have more exciting varieties of trees, shrubs, and vines than ever,” said TFTS president, Robert Bobson.  “If you’re in the market for something rare, fragrant, and spectacular, this is the show for you.”  It is one of the largest shows of its kind in the world!  You’ll find all kinds of fabulous plants in a rainbow of colors—plants for your butterfly garden—fragrant plants to perfume your landscape--rare finds for collectors, and so much more. All this at prices to fit your budget (we accept credit cards, too)!  There will be free grafting classes, and experts will be on hand to answer any questions about your plants. So, skip the cut flowers for Mom this year and buy her something that will deliver beautiful flowers year after year.
There will not be a monthly meeting in May because of the Show & Sale.


April 24-25, Metro Zoo Tropical Flowering Tree Tours and Information booth.


April 12, 6:00 pm, Dr Alan Meerow will give a tour and show his upcoming releases in the plant world, USDA on Old Cutler Road and at Deering Bay

March 8, 7:30pm, Chad Husby  reveals the Treasures of Montgomery Botanical Center, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

February 8, Thomas Hecker, President of Eco-Botanic Designs, and former Director of Naples Botanical Garden will speak on "Newest & Greatest Finds in Flowering Trees". Thomas has traveled recently to Brazil, Costa Rica and Panama

January 11, We will have a change of speaker for January.  He will cover 4-5 bioeographical zones rainforest species, lowland and upland, dry grassland and shrubby plateaus.  The main group of flowering trees he will concentrate on is Tabebuias, Jacarandas, Browneas, Gustavias, Erythrinas, Petreas and quite a few unusual genera uncommon to most TFTS members as well as a smattering of vines and shrubs. 70% of what Michael is showing us he is intending to introduce into horticulture in Florida and will have seed available. He will  distribute three new species of Jacarandas to TFTS members that attend the meeting.

December 14, TFTS  Holiday Party
Call Yonna Levine, 305/389-5404, to name your food donation--appetizer, salad, side dish. Please NO desserts other than fruit --it's birthday time!

The Ramble

November 16, NO MEETING, Instead go to the RAMBLE

November 9, NO MEETING

October 12, Theresa Olzek, "Nurseries of Southern China"


October  10, Tour of Jessie Durko’s Nursery, 5151 S.W. 70 Ave  Davie, FL  954/792-2297.  Bring  your own bag lunch. Society will provide water and dessert.


September 26, Annual TFTS Pignic at the Kampong

Please call  Cindy David with your side dish and reservation 305/815.2421 You may bring one guest if you are a member, additional guests are $15 per person.

September 14, Delores Fugina, of Bloomin' Good, will speak on "Romance of Fragrance." We need refreshments so bring some.


July and August - no monthly meetings - Have a great summer!


June 6-9, Royal Poinciana Fiesta, tree planting on the 6th, bag lunch picnic at the Kampong starting at 11:00am followed by the trolley tour.

May 9-10, Mother's Day Show & Sale. Click here for details

May 2, Zoo planting - South American Section with lots of Tabebuias


April 30, Thurs., Greg Hambali, creator of rare and unique new plants, you can't miss this one!!! Special Venue - the Garden House at 7:30, Fairchild.

April 25-26,
Show and Sale at Metro Zoo, SW 152 Street, most vendors will be there and Cayman Island Garden Club will be there.


March 9, General meeting, Lynda LaRocca, Brazil Pantanal Region


March 20, India Trip _ CANCELLED


February 9,  Dr. John Cozza, University of Miami will be speaking on his project at the U of Miami Gifford Arboretum. Dr. Cozza was instrumental in choosing his plants the have interesting interactions with other plants, insects and animals. We will speak on those relationships.


January 12, Glen Ivie USDA


December 8, TFTS Holiday party at Fairchild.  All members and a guest are free, all others $10. Please, we need volunteers to bring items for the silent auction and side dishes, no deserts. Please call Cindy David 305/815-2421 to arrange.

November 8-9 , RAMBLE at Fairchild Tropical Garden NO MEETING THIS MONTH

October 13, Luc Vanoorbeek will be speaking on Plumerias

October 4, Pignic at the Kampong - tour starts at 10:30. Call Cindy David to let her know what side dish or dessert you are bringing also how many people you have attending. 305/815-2421

September 20, Don Ellison will speak on Flowering Trees at 10:00, followed by a light lunch. Don Ellison will speak at Montgomery Foundation down the road from Fairchild. Don Ellison, author of Cultivated Plants of the World - Trees, Shrubs and Climbers, is a very energetic Australian seed merchant - the biggest supplier of Eucalypt seed in the world. He has roamed the world, visiting more than 70 countries collecting seed and taking photos of flowers and plants. There are 4,230 photos of trees, shrubs and climbers in his Cultivated Plants of the World. Nurseries find this book ideal for showing customers what the flower looks like when the plant is not in flower.

September 8, Regular Monthly meeting at Fairchild - Rob Bobson will be speaking on Flowering Trees of India. Rob will show some of the interesting finds as well as talk about the upcoming trip in March.

June 7, Steve Pearson along with Miami Beautification will host a tree planting. Please bring gloves and shovels to the event. Please call Steve Pearson for more information 305/259-8006. We will meet at the Coconut Grove Metrorail Station Parking Lot (US 1 and SW 27 Avenue), and at 8:30 am will divide into teams to work on various areas on the swale of US 1. The Parking Lot is immediately behind the Metrorail Station. Volunteers should arrive early to sign in and should wear hard soled shoes and sun protection. If they have them, they should bring a shovel and a yard rake (rake with short, hard prongs). We should be finished between 11 am and noon depending on the number of volunteers that are participating.

June 8-9, Royal Poinciana Fiesta
June 8, People are invited to between 12-2:00 p.m. to bring a picnic lunch and tour the Kampong on their own. The American Antique Veteran’s Car Club will be on campus to show their beautiful antique cars. At 1:45 people who have paid for the trolley tour will load the trolleys.The cost of the tour is $20.00. The trolleys fill up quickly so reservations should be made as soon as possible. Please call Carol Vanoorbeeck to make reservations 305/258-1086.The tour will last for 2 ½ hours, participants will enjoy a narrated tour given by Larry Schokman and Steve Pearson. They will visit some of the outstanding trees in Miami. Upon completion of the tour refreshments will be served.
June 9, Tropical Flowering Tree Society 7:00pm meeting. Those interested can take a tram tour of Fairchild. Following will be a wine and cheese reception with Joe Donato Jazz band playing. The 2008 Royal Poinciana Queen and Court and the Larry Schokman book award will be given.

TFTS would like to thank the following sponsors of the Royal Poinciana Fiesta
Steve Pearson Esquire
Georgia Pearson
Marta Weeks
Kampong National Tropical Botanic Garden
Esslinger Wooten and Maxwell Realtors
Biospheric Engineering

May 10-11, MOTHER'S DAY SHOW AND SALE. World's largest tropical Flowering Tree Show and Sale. Hundreds and hundreds of dazzling tropical flowering trees, shrubs, and vines will be on view at the Tropical Flowering Tree Society’s annual Mother’s Day Show. We need volunteers to help with set up, security, paid holding, and answering questions from our buyers. Please sign up or call Cindy Bobson 05/248-0309. 


April 19, Tour of the Gifford. Meet in the parking lot at U of M at the San Amaro Drive entrance by the WWII buildings at 9:45. We will start the tour promptly at 10:00. Following the tour will be a picnic. John Cozza will lead the tour and you will be thrilled at all the species of rare flowering trees that John has collected for this garden. Please call Cindy Bobson for more information 305/248-0309. 

April 14, Meeting to be held in the new Visitor Center at Fairchild. Catered event with live auction. Guest Speaker Professor Suzanne Koptur of FIU who will present "Floral Biology and Pollination Ecology of Inga (Fabaceae)

March 10,  Speaker: Dr. David Lee, "Why do leaves turn red?"

February,  Speaker: Stephen Brown,  Extension Agent from Ft Myers

January,  Speaker: Robert Bobson on trees of Brazil

December 10, Holiday Party at Fairchild!! Silent Auction, Door Prizes, and Great Food and Drink. Please call Cindy David with your side dish or appetizer that you will be bringing. We need help in this department. The society provides the main course and needs your help to fill in the rest.  Members and one guest are free. $10.00 for non-members. Call Cindy David 305-815-2421 and let her know what you can bring.


November 17-18, RAMBLE at Fairchild Garden, a great time to buy plants!! Sign up for your Volunteer time at the October meeting or call Cindy Bobson 305/248-0309!!!!

October 8, Mon., 7:00pm
Speaker Dr. Kati White Migliaccio, Asst. Professor, Dept of Agriculture & Biological Engineering, TREC. Topic: Food for Thought - Smart Fertilizing of Flowering Trees.
Come learn about water quality and your plants. Book lovers, our Singapore books are finally in. Michael Ferrero editor will be there to sign the book. There are only 9 left. The cost is $60.00

September 18 to October 3, 2007, TFTS TRIP TO BRAZIL. Follow this link for more info

August 11, 10:30. TFTS Pignic
at The Kampong, former home of David Fairchild. There will be a Pirate Treasure Hunt with prizes and a tour of The Kampong. Please bring a side dish. Call Cindy Bobson to make reservations 305/248-0309.

June 10-11, 70th annual Royal Poinciana Fiesta

June 10, 11:00am-1:00 pm, Tour The Kampong (gates open at 11am) and bring a picnic lunch. The address of the Kampong is 4013 Douglas Rd. The Veteran Motor Car Club of America Sun Coast Chapter will display 30 vintage cars prior to the trolley tour, where you will have the pleasure of viewing vintage cars and speak to the owners about them. Trolley tour will promptly start at 1:00. The cost of the tour is $20.00 per person. Reservations must be made by calling Carol Vanoorbeeck at 305/258-1086. The  three-hour trolley tour will show the best Delonix regias in the Coral Gables/Coconut grove area and will be narrated by Larry Schokman the curator of The Kampong and Steve Pearson past president of the TFTS and will include the history of the Fiesta. Following the tour light refreshments will be served.
June 11, Fiesta
will continue at 6:00pm at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in the Garden House, 10901 Old Cutler Rd. Enjoy a tram tour of Fairchild. Poinciana Queen and Court presentation, Live Jazz Music, Artist Terry Mulrooney will display her art work. Wine and Cheese celebration and light refreshments.

June 9, 1:00pm, Rebecca Cohen Garden Tour

May - no meeting this month due to the Mother's Day Sale

April 28, 7:00am, Tree Planting Miami Metro Zoo. Lots of holes already drilled and lots of plants for the special flowering tree island in the Zoo!!

May 12-13, Mother's Day Sale! Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden - 9:30-4:30. World’s Largest Tropical Flowering Tree Show and Sale.

April 9, Kristine McDivitt and Douglas Tompkins - Conservation in Argentina and Chile. Mr. Tompkins is the founder of North Face outdoor gear. Hear his incredible story about determination and love for our planet. Check these links out and then come early!! http://www.undueinfluence.com/tompkins.htm

March 12, speaker is Glen Ivie. Topic: Flowering Trees and Fruits of Guatemala

February 12, speaker is Ian Maguire, Multimedia Specialist for UF  & Ft. Lauderdale Tropical Research & Education Center.

January 8,  Mon., David Lee speaking on "The Color Purple in Plants."



December 11, Holiday Party at Fairchild Garden House. Be sure to arrange with Cindy David, 305/388-1817, to bring a covered dish and to reserve a spot. Members and one guest Free, all others $10. Great door prizes, great food and great People!!!

November 11-12, Ramble at Fairchild. No meeting in November

October 9, Guest Speaker at Fairchild is Tatiana Anderson, "Rare Flowering Trees with Beautiful Fragrances." Tatiana is the owner of Top Tropical Nursery.

September 30, Annual Pignic at the Kampong. Reservations needed. $10 for non-members members bring one guest free with member. Need cover dish for attending members.

June 12, NO TFTS Meeting , moved forward to June 5th.

June 5th, TFTS Meeting, Speaker, Dr. Harri Lorenzi from Brazil, "Flowering Trees of Brazil."

Dr. Harri Lorenzi will be flying in from Brazil to speak. You  can order your books now to have him sign. We strongly recommend you buy both volumes: http://www.balogh.com/lorenzi/lorenzi.html
Volume 1 ISBN: 85-86714-17-8
Volume 2. ISBN: 85-86714-15-1

June 2-4, 2006 Color Conference/Poinciana Fiesta and Art Show (follow link to page)

May 13-14, Mother's Day Tropical Flowering Tree Show and Sale, Fairchild Garden

April 29, 1:00-5:00pm, Historic Pinecrest Tour followed up by Afternoon Tea at a private garden. Starting at 1:00pm at Pinecrest Gardens

April 10, TFTS Meeting, Speaker George Fitzpatrick, "Wasting Away Again in Mulchville."

March 13, TFTS Meeting, Speaker Greg Asbaugh, "Flowering Trees of California."

March 6, Don Ellison trip to Thailand

Feb 17-19, TFTS trip to Disney and Harry P. Leu Gardens. For details call Cindy Bobson 305/248-0309. Bus leaves the Bobson's Friday night the 17th, at 7:00pm. A Saturday morning tour of the background of the Animal Kingdom, then free to roam the park until closing. Sunday morning Erich Schmidt will give a tour of Harry P. Leu Garden. Bus ldeparts after lunch. First 45 people to sign up. Basic fare will be around $350/person. Includes admission to the Animal Kingdom and tour, one breakfast, one dinner, one lunch, two nights, garden admission and tour and transportation.

February 13, Dr.Wagner Vandrame -Asst. Professor, Dept. of Environmental Horticulture at UF, Tropical Research and Ed. Center.
Potential Applications of Tissue Culture to Flowering Trees

January 9, George Fitzpatrick, University of Florida, Ft Lauderdale Extension, "Florida Soil Amendments."



December 12, Holiday Party. 7:00pm. Flowering Tree Silent Auction. Please bring a side dish.

November 19-20, Ramble at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

November 14, In the Corbin Building - Ajith DeSilva, President/CEO Aromatics of Hawaii, Honolulu, "AROMATHERAPY - Use of Aromatic Floral Extracts for Alleviating Stress." Ajith will bring 40 different aromatic essential oils to entice you!

October 10, Marc Frank, Assistant Collection Manger and Extension Botanist, University of Florida Herbarium, Gainesville, "Flowers of The Kampong - Up Close and Personal" You may never look at a flower again the same way.

September 12, Clifford Sawtell, Senior Horticulturist, Adelaide Botanical Garden  "Flowering Trees, Shrubs and Vines of Southern Australia" and "The Adelaide Botanical Garden." Welcome back meeting.

September 17, Sat., Annual Pignic at the Kampong. Members free with one guest. $10.00 charge for the rest. Plant Auction. Please contact Cindy David to make a reservation. 305/388-1817. Call Cindy and let her know what cover dish you will bring. All members and guests must bring a dessert, appetizer, or side dish. Homemade or store bought.

June 13, Guest speaker is Glen Ivie, "Flora and Fauna of Southern Chile and Argentina." 

June 11, 68th Royal Poinciana Festival. Please join our society as we Trolley Tour the streets of Miami looking at prize winning Delonix regias.

Miami’s oldest continuously running festival, the Royal Poinciana Fiesta will include a luncheon honoring the Royal Poinciana Queen and presenting her with scholarship money, followed by the popular trolley tours of greater Miami’s most dazzling blooming Royal Poinciana trees.

New this year is the Royal Poinciana Luncheon, held at the Chart House on S. Bayshore Dr., two blocks north of SW 27th Ave. at 11:30am. This fundraising event includes the presentation of the Queen and the presentation of the Larry Schokman Book Award. The meal will cost $40, with beer or wine available for an additional cost. Money raised from the luncheon will include a donation toward the scholarship fund. Space is limited. Look for details on how to reserve your space in the next TFTS Quarterly.

At 2:30pm, the trolley tour will depart from the Kampong. Rates are expected to be $20 per person. The trolley info line is 305/789-7608, and the trolley reservation line is 305/789-7531. Reservations are essential for this popular event.

May 21, Zoo Planting
, "PLANTING AFRICA" changed from April

May 7-8, Mother's Day Show and Sale (no meeting) WORLD'S LAR,GEST TROPICAL FLOWERING TREE SHOW!!! Fairchild Tropical Garden!

March 12, Bag Lunch at the USDA on Old Cutler with Alan Meerow as our guide.

March 14, Waldemar Klassen, Prof. of Entomology & Nematology, and Program Director of the Univ. of Florida Center for Tropical Agriculture Program:  "Invasive Species and Their Impact"

February 15, Craig Morrell , "Sex in the Jungle - Stamens and Pistils of Flowering Trees." Special meeting with wine and cheese.

January 14, The Bobsons report,  We were over at the zoo yesterday and one of our rare trees that we planted is about to bloom. Maybe some of our members would like to visit the zoo and take a look. The Saraca thaipingensis is about to bloom in the aviary. The tree is located by the waterfall when you look down from the bridge. The tree is covered in buds and should bloom soon.

January 10, David McLean, on the faculty of Broward Community College will speak on "Australia--Then and Now."

December 13, Mon.,7:00pm, Annual Holiday Party at Fairchild
TFTS members Free with one guest - additional guests $10, sign up to bring a side dish, silent auction includes Outpost Artist Print, wine, fertilizers, Fairchild Membership, Butterfly Garden, Something exciting Balinese.

December 4, Gifford Picnic/ Gifford is throwing a picnic for TFTS. Tour/ Food/ plant auction/ 11:00 at University of Miami. For more details call Cindy 305/248-0309. Members and friends are free.

November 20-21, Ramble at  Fairchild Tropical Garden

October 11, Kirsten Llamas, author of "TROPICAL FLOWERING PLANTS: A GUIDE TO IDENTIFICATION AND CULTIVATION" - Rare and Unusual Plants from Around the World. Please bring donations and canned goods for the hurricane victims of the Caribbean.

October 2, Annual TFTS Picnic at The Kampong, 10:00 am, tour starts at 11:00am ,4013 South Douglas Road, Just South of Main Highway on Douglas Road, east side. Members and 1 guest free, all other guests $10.

3rd International Tropical Flowering Tree Conference, Australia Trip, August 9, 2004


July 10, Tree planting on US1 between I-95 and Douglas, west side, starting at 6:00am, you don't need to be there that early, but come on out and help color our world.

July 17, Montgomery Foundation tour, 11901 Old Cutler Road at 9:00am for a tour of this great facility.

June 14, Monthly meeting guest speakers Carl E. Lewis, the R.H. Simons Senior Curator of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, will speak on "Plant Hunting in the Dry Landscape of Zimbabwe." 


May 8-9, Mother's Day Show & Sale

April 12, Alan Meero, Horticulture Researcher at Chapman Field, a US Dept. of Agriculture Subtropical Research Center, located at 13601 Old Cutler Rd. TOPIC:  "Flowering Trees at Chapman Field--New Programs, New Projects, and New Germplasm."

April 17, Gifford Arboretum Tour at University of Miami. Meet at 9:00am with tour leader Dr. Carol Horowitz.

March 20,
Miami Shores Park Planting. Meet at 9:00am at Biscayne Blvd. & 116 St reet, and then hang around for an AUSTRALIAN PICNIC BBQ.

March 8, Monthly Meeting, Margaret Barwick (visiting from France), author of "Trees for the Tropics and Warm Sub-Tropics," to be published this summer. She created gardens in Grand Cayman, British Virgin Islands, and Antigua. Her presentation is "Creating a Botanical Garden in the West Indies."

February 28, MetroZoo Planting, Meet at the zoo at 8:30am.  All hands welcome. Planting in several areas, followed by a PICNIC at the zoo.

February 9, Robert McMillan, Prof. Emeritus, Univ. of Florida; Director of Research and Development, Kerry's Nursery.  Topic:  "Holland's Flower Show and Market" 

January 12,  Darrin Duling from the New York Botanical Garden will present "Flowering Trees and Other Treasures of the Tropical Rainforests of Brazil."

December 8, Holiday Party at Fairchild

November 10, Lu Lodeyga, Chief Inspector, Fl. Dept. of Agriculture, Division of Plant Industry will speak on "Invasive Species."

November 8-9, Ramble - Garden Festival at Fairchild

November 1, Broward Garden Trip

October 13, Glen Ivie - "March in Miami, April in Maui--Flowering"

September 20, Annual TFTS Picnic at the Kampong 11:00am - Don't miss this one!!! Please plan to bring a side dish, desert, appetizer and of course a beach towel to have your place on the lawn to eat.

September 8, Meeting, Rob Bobson, TFTS president and owner of Biospheric Engineering 

August Meeting, "Plumeria of Hawaii" Luc and Carol Vanoorrbeeck

 July 14, Meeting, Monica Elliott, Prof. of Plant Pathology, Univ. of Florida, speaking on "Ganoderma" (a fungal disease of plants)

June Meeting, Benoit Jonckheere, Curator of the McLamore Arboretum at Fairchild Tropical Garden leading the group through an evening tour of flowering trees at the Garden.  (Just in case, bring insect repellant)

June 21 from 10:00am-5:00pm, Royal Poinciana Fiesta returns to Fairchild
Sponsored by the Tropical Flowering Tree Society, the Royal Poinciana Fiesta, Miami's oldest, continuously running festival, returns to Fairchild Tropical Garden in Coral Gables

May 10-11, Sat-Sun., Mother's Day Sale, Fairchild Tropical Garden. Unbelievable bargains and beautiful trees and plants.

April Meeting, Cressida Silvers, USDA, Ft. Lauderdale REC "Melaluca and Its Control with Biological Agent"

APRIL 26,  Zoo Planting. Clear your Calendars. This is going to be great - the new aviary is ready for flowering trees. Food and refreshments will be served, and as usual, admission to the zoo for all active planters.

March 3-24, 4:00-6:00pm, Tropical Garden Design classes. They focus on using color in the landscape, and there is an extensive slide show exhibiting flowering trees and shrubs.Fairchild:  MDCC Kendall Campus: call 305/237-0905 Mary Ruden

February 28 - Saturday, March 1, 2003, SECOND INTERNATIONAL COLOR CONFERENCE sponsored by the Tropical Flowering Tree Society at The Kampong, 4013 S. Douglas Road, Coconut Grove, FL 33133   FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR MORE INFO 

Jan.29-Feb. 19, Wed.'s, 7:00-9:00 pm, Tropical Garden Design classes. They focus on using color in the landscape, and there is an extensive slide show exhibiting flowering trees and shrubs.Fairchild:  MDCC Kendall Campus: call 305/237-0905 Mary Ruden

December 11, Annual Holiday Season Celebration Bring gifts for silent auction and door prizes! please contact The Home of Darlene and Barry Mann - Hors d'Oeures, Dinner Buffet, Wine, Beer & Beverages AND the Holiday Big Band Sounds. LIMITED TO THE FIRST 50 PAID MEMBERS only $25 per person by December 4th. Mail to Sue Katz, 5831 SW 60 Street, South Miami, Florida 33143

November 11, Michael Ferraro, Director of Horticulture Nong Nooch Botanical Gardens in Thailand will speak about "Lanai Bauhinias of South East Asia - seen for the first time in Florida."

November 9-10,   Ramble - A Garden Festival , at Fairchild
Dates: November 9 & 10, 2002 Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  
Admission: Adults $8, Children 3-12 $4, Garden members and children under 3 free. Parking: Conveniently located within the Garden. Enter through the first driveway north of the Garden.

September 21, Annual Picnic at the KAMPONG 11:00am - Don't miss this one!!! Please plan to bring a side dish, desert, appetizer, and of course a beach towel to have your place on the lawn to eat.

September 9, Regular Meeting, Speaker Dr. Ted Flemming on Bats as Pollinators of Flowering Trees

August 12, Dr. Robert McMillan, Flowering Tree Diseases

JULY 18-22, 2002, JAMAICA TRIP
Five Day, Four Night. All you can eat, drink, and garden - stay tuned!!!!! CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

July 8, Speaker Harvey Ivie on Flowering Trees and Fruits of the Amazon

June 22-23, Royal Poinciana Festival and Planting at the Gold Coast Museum

June 15, Tree Planting,  Join us at the Gold Coast Museum at the entrance to the Metro Zoo for this joint tree planting with TREEmendous Miami.

June 10, Mon., TFTS meeting at Fairchild. We will have two gourmet chiefs cooking for us at the meeting. Tom Reed and Richard Sierra are cooking up a storm for TFTS and they are trying to outdo each other.

May 11-12, Annual Mother's Day Show & Sale at Fairchild Tropical Garden. No meeting in May due to the show and sale.

April  27,
Bonanza Park Planting and picnic. 212 Ave & 240 Street. Bring rakes, shovels and sunscreen. Picnic and games follow the planting so bring the whole family.

April 15,
Craig Morrell, Director of Horticulture, Boca Raton Resort & Club--"What's Bugging You." Prior to the presentation there will be a travel agent there signing up people for our trip to Jamaica July 18-22, Rum punch is in order. Following the presentation will be a flowering tree auction - you won't believe the deals and steals and these monthly auctions.

March 11,
Prof. Monty Beekman, U of Massachusetts, is currently in residence at The Kampong. He is translating a 300-year-old book, spread over 7 volumes, written by a 17th century Dutch naturalist, Rumphius. This book represents the world's first work on tropical plants and their uses.

February 11, "Dr. Tan Wee Kiat" from Singapore will present "Coloring The Tropical Landscape." He was the Director of the Singapore National Botanical Gardens. He is now the Chief Executive Office National Parks Board Singapore. He has a spectacular orchid collection and has authored numerous botanical papers. He is a graduate of University of Miami and and interned at Selby Gardens. WE WILL HAVE A GREAT PLANT AUCTION!!! ALONG WITH A WINE AND CHEESE RECEPTION.

January 14, Adrian Hunsberger, Entomologist/Horticulturist with Miami-Dade County Cooperative Extension Service, and Miami Herald columnist will present "Good Bugs, Bad Bugs."

OUTRAGOUS! the best party ever - many special thanks to Darlene and Barry for a wonderful evening under the stars. Everything was superb!!

December 12, Holiday Cocktail Party at Darlene Mann's House in Pinecrest. Sign up now as it will be limited to the first 50 guests. We need donations for a silent auction. Reservations must be made and paid for by December 1.

November 12,
7:30pm, Fairchild Tropical Garden, Special Guest Speaker, Dr. Joseph Garofalo, "Breeding Camellias for Warmer Climates." 

November 10-11,  Annual RAMBLE TREE AND PLANT SALE
, Fairchild Tropical Garden

October 13, Sat., Metro Zoo Tree Planting
October 8,  7:30pm , Fairchild Tropical Garden, Special Guest Speaker, Jody Haynes, "Introduction to Florida Yards and Neighborhoods."

August 18, annual picnic at the  Kampong. Special thanks To Larry for another delightful day

July 9, Monthly Meeting, Fairchild Garden, Dr. Robert McMillan, lecture TBA

July 7- 8, Tropical Agriculture Festival, Gold Coast Railroad Museum, Miami 

June 30, Tree Planting at the Metro Zoo

June 11,  Monthly Meeting, Fairchild Tropical Garden, Dr. George Fitzpatrick., "Marvelous Mulching"

June 9, Miami's 64th Annual Royal Poinciana Festival, Simpson Park, South Miami Avenue & SW 17th Road

May 12-13, Mother's Day Show and Sale, Fairchild Tropical Garden.  What a great success - a record year!!!! Special thanks to Hinds Nursery, Atlantic Fertilizer and Lykes Nursery for their generous donations!!

April 27-28, 2001 - COLOR CONFERENCE, Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, Bangcock, Thailand

April 9, Lance Osborne, Entomologist, University of Florida - THANKS LANCE! FOR A WONDERFUL LECTURE!!

March 12, Georgia Tasker, "Utilizing Flowering Trees"

January 8, Rare plant auction


December 13, 7:30pm,  Annual TFTS Christmas Party. Follow this link to the special Party Page

November 11-12, Ramble, Fairchild Garden, an annual event of unsurpassed heritage.

November 13, 7:30pm,  Carol Horvitz - "The Plants of Gifford Arboretum"

TBA, Luc Vanoorbeeck will speak on the "Pulsating Pulmerias." Fairchild Tropical Garden

October 26, "Flowering Trees and Shrubs at Disney" a special event, reservations required cal 305/442-7169 or visit the Kampong site for more info.

October 9, 7:30pm, Mark Stebbins, "The Color Purple" or "Tiptoe Through the Tibouchinas." An excellent talk on the melastomas. Contact Mark mstebb01@intersil.com to find out how to obtain his magnificent book - "Flowering Trees of Florida"

August 19, 10:00am-4:00pm, Annual TFTS Picnic, The Kampong in Coconut Grove.
Free for all members with their families with a side for 4-6 people, or dessert, or some appetizers. Bring a guest for $5 each. For all coordinating efforts please contact Yonna Levine 305/669-9864. The award winning TFTS T-Shirts ($12) will be available while they last, so come early. A tour of the Kampong is planned for 10:30 and the roasted pwhereko should be prime about 12:30. There will be a raffle and swimming so be sure to bring the necessary equipment. See you there!!

I-95 Highway Tree Planting. click here for photos

September 2,  8:30 -11:30,am, Tree Planting at Metro Zoo
Open to everyone this annual event (almost) will plant 19 Albizia saman & 27 Triplaris cumingiana in predug holes, mixing the natural soil/oolite with composed mulch. This is your opportunity to volunteer and help "COLOR THE HORIZON"

September 11, 7:30pm - Kirsten Llamas - will speak on "VINES". Fairchild Tropical Garden. Monthly TFTS meeting.

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