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Thursday January 25
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Mrs. Coppolo, owner of Redland Herb Farm, will introduce students to growing herbs in South Florida. She will cover the seven deadly sins of herb growing and talk about the medicinal and culinary uses of herbs. You will be able to share your personal harvest with no fear of wondering where your fresh herbs were grown. Bring a box with you to class as potted herb and tomato plants will be available For Sale after class.
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$25.00
 
$35.00
 
Wednesday January 31
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday ending Wednesday February 14
If you are beginner to orchids or have been growing them and want to learn more this is the orchid class for you. This experienced grower of orchids for over 30 years will discuss the orchid family with an introduction to genera and species and their culture. She will discuss the best locations for growing orchids, repotting, mounting and orchids in the landscape. Also covered will be orchid pests, diseases and fertilizers.
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$70.00
 
$95.00
 
Thursday February 01
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Join Miami landscape designer, Carlos Somoza, on a journey through subtropical gardens that illustrate the stunning planting combinations that inspire the award winning landscapes created by his design studio. Fundamental planting design principals, including color, form and texture will be discussed alongside the basic culture and characteristics of the plant palettes being highlighted. A plant species list of Carlos' favorite planting combinations for Zone 10 and a list of local nursery resources for plant materials will be available to students.
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$20.00
 
$45.00
 
Wednesday February 07
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
This is perfect timing for Vanda fans to learn about these gorgeous orchids. South Florida will have numerous orchid shows and sales during the upcoming months and here is your chance to hone your knowledge. Learn from this expert Vanda grower whose book, Florida Vanda Growing: Month by Month, will be available for purchase during the class. Dr. Motes will introduce students to Vanda culture: basic care, watering, feeding, light and air requirements all on a month by month schedule. During the Sunday field trip on Sunday, February 1 (which will be held at a commercial Vanda grower's nursery) students will have a hands-on potting and basketing session which will also include grooming and displaying techniques, an overview of tools, tricks and gadgets, and a tour of the nursery and landscape. All students will go home with two orchids (a $25 value). Just in time do get that special someone an orchid for Valentine's Day!
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$40.00
 
$60.00
 
Saturday February 17
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
When you trim your trees and shrubs, do you worry you may be trimming too much? Or possibly not trimming enough? After learning about the importance of plant choice (the right tree for the right place) you will learn the basics of trimming, including how to predict the plant's response. A natural look is the goal: this is not a topiary class. Basic tools will be on display and Fairchild's arborist, Nat Cockshutt will demonstrate proper trimming techniques on specimens in the Garden.
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$30.00
 
$40.00
 
Saturday February 24
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday ending Saturday March 03
Learn the basics of growing these attractive, adaptable and colorful epiphytes. While most often seen growing in the ground or on trees, they also do well in pots. Our instructor/grower will take you through propagating pups, choosing the optimum growing medium and containers, watering and misting, providing air circulation and lighting, fertilizing and methods of combating pests. He will also share his experience in growing show plants. Each student will have hands on experience repotting a bromeliad and will take home a plant.
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$40.00
 
$50.00
 
Saturday February 24
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Orchid seeds are unlike any other plant's seeds. Called "dust seeds", they are so tiny that they lack the nutrient content to start the germination process. In the wild, orchid seeds must prey on fungi to obtain this food, an exceedingly rare event. However, under laboratory conditions, we can provide the seeds with nutrients via plant culture media and achieve nearly 100% germination. Students will be able to work in Fairchild's Orchid Micropropagation Lab and will learn the sterile laboratory technique's necessary to cultivate orchids. Each student will also be able to take home a flasked native orchid. Due to space in the Micro Lab this class is limited to 6 students.
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$35.00
 
$45.00
 
Wednesday March 07
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The key to building beautiful gardens in South Florida relies heavily on choosing the right building materials for your application and applying common sense construction techniques to your garden design. Miami landscape designer, Carlos Somoza, will present both natural and man-made building material alternatives including locally quarried and imported stone, precast pavers, and tropical hardwood decking. Samples of materials will be available during class and a list of local building material suppliers will be provided to students.
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$30.00
 
$40.00
 
Saturday March 17
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Florida is home to nearly half of the orchid species found in the United States. In South Florida, many tropical orchids have established by blowing over from the Caribbean, Central and South America and Mexico and include globally endangered species. Through his lecture and garden tour, Jason will help you in identifying these natives when you are enjoying Florida's great outdoors. He will introduce you to living samples found around the garden, including orchids that are part of the Million Orchid Project. After a tour of Fairchild's native orchid collection and the orchid micro-propagation laboratory you will become a steward of the Million Orchid Project when you transplant an orchid in the Garden and take one home to transplant in your yard.
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$30.00
 
$40.00
 
Thursday March 22
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Sandy, past president of South Florida Orchid Society and the Orchid Society of Coral Gables, will share her tips and techniques to successfully purchase, grow and enjoy orchids. Cultural requirements for common orchids will be addressed, with demonstrations of dividing and repotting orchids, how to choose potting materials and types of orchid pots and mounts.
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$30.00
 
$40.00
 
Saturday March 24
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The three hour class will be spent in a practical session of the whip and tongue grafting technique; a challenge to master but has one of the highest rate of success. The art of grafting is a fascinating subject to learn. Dr. Ledesma, Fairchild curator of tropical fruit, will show participants the process of growing rootstock, to nursery beds and finally in established orchards. You'll then practice and graft an avocado. Please bring your own grafting knife and wear comfortable clothing. This class takes place at the Fairchild Farm, located in Homestead. Directions will be sent to registered students. Please note that both sections offer the same information; these classes are not inter-changeable.
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$40.00
 
$55.00
 
Saturday April 21
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
One of the best ways to add color and interest to your garden is by using crotons. They are easy to grow and there are varieties for almost every situation. This class will focus on successful growth practices, the many varieties, placement, soil, pest control and propagation. Uncommon crotons will be For Sale during the class.
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$30.00
 
$40.00
 
Wednesday May 02
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Did you know there are over 30,000 different orchid species in the world, many of them miniature orchid species? Professional orchid collector and American Orchid Society student judge, Guillermo Salazar, will take you on a unique visual adventure to learn about the fascinating world of the most beautiful and unique tropical miniature orchids of the world which are perfect for people that lack a lot of space at home and suitable for our South Florida weather conditions. In this very interesting and unique class students will learn about light, fertilizer and growing medium required to successfully grow miniature orchids in their own backyard or windowsill. Live miniature orchid plants of some of the rarest genera in collections will be available for everyone to see, touch and smell.
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$30.00
 
$40.00
 
Saturday May 05
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Instructor: Dr. Richard Campbell - In this class for the novice beekeeper, you will learn about beekeeping and harvesting honey. Additionally, this class will focus on the horticultural relationship between bees and tropical fruit trees. Books on the subject, bee hives and bees will be discussed during the class. The class takes place at the Fairchild Farm, located in Homestead. Directions will be emailed to registered students.
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$40.00
 
$10.00
 
Saturday May 19
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Here is your chance to learn from Dr. Richard Campbell, an expert who was born in South Florida, offer his expert grafting techniques in this hands-on workshop at the Fairchild Farm in Homestead. To the novice, grafting seems like a mysterious and difficult procedure. In truth, it is a precise, straightforward technique that can be learned like any other. Once you master it, you can multiply your favorite plants or choose from the incredible multitudes of cultivars and species not commonly available. You'll learn both the benefits and disadvantages of grafting. Various techniques will be demonstrated and you will be given an informative tour of the farm/grove. Plant material will be provided for practice and students are required to bring their own grafting knife to use during class and wear comfortable clothing. This class takes place at the Fairchild Farm, located in Homestead. Directions will be emailed to registered students. This class is limited to 12 students.
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$75.00
 
$100.00
 
Saturday June 02
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Many admire the unique tropical beauty of the magnificent Medinilla. This class will feature the many varieties of Medinilla that grow well in South Florida. Those attending will leave with essential growing information, as well as care and propagation "know how". A variety of Medinillas will be For Sale during the class.
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$30.00
 
$40.00
 
Saturday June 09
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This course presents mango cultivation throughout South Florida. We will discuss propagating, pruning, harvesting and handling at both the commercial and home garden level. She will discuss how to grow them, how to combat insect and disease problems and review the many varieties from which to choose. You'll sample fruits to your heart's content!
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$35.00
 
$45.00
 
Saturday June 16
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The three hour class will be spent in a practical session of the whip and tongue grafting technique; a challenge to master but has one of the highest rate of success. The art of grafting is a fascinating subject to learn. Dr. Ledesma, Fairchild curator of tropical fruit, will show participants the process of growing rootstock, to nursery beds and finally in established orchards. You'll then practice and graft an avocado. Please bring your own grafting knife and wear comfortable clothing. This class takes place at the Fairchild Farm, located in Homestead. Directions will be sent to registered students. Please note that both sections offer the same information; these classes are not inter-changeable.
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$40.00
 
$55.00
 
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Event registration summary
Growing Herbs in South Florida-Lecture and Sale:
Member
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$25.00
Non-Member
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$35.00
The Art and Science of Growing Orchids in South Florida with Dr. Sandy Schultz:
Member
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$70.00
Non-Member
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$95.00
Tropicolor: Bold + Beautiful Planting Combinations with Carlos Somoza:
Member
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$20.00
Non-Member
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$45.00
Become Vanda Savvy With Dr. Motes:
Member
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$40.00
Non-Member
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$60.00
Trees and Shrubs:Proper Trimming Techniques with Arborist Nat Cockshutt:
Member
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$30.00
Non-Member
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$40.00
Bromeliads: Easy Tropicals for your South Florida Gardens with Peter Kouchalakos:
Member
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$40.00
Non-Member
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$50.00
From Fairchild's Orchid Lab to Your Garden with Dr. Jason Downing:
Member
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$35.00
Non-Member
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$45.00
Building a Subtropical Garden with Carlos Somoza:
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$30.00
Non-Member
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$40.00
Discovering the Native Orchids of South Florida with Dr. Jason Downing:
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$30.00
Non-Member
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$40.00
Growing Orchids in South Florida with Dr. Sandy Schultz:
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$30.00
Non-Member
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$40.00
Grafting Tropical Fruit Trees - Section A (at Fairchild Farm):
Member
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$40.00
Non-Member
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$55.00
The Captivating Croton with Marie Nock:
Member
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$30.00
Non-Member
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$40.00
Growing the Miniature Orchids of the Tropics with Guillermo Salazar:
Member
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$30.00
Non-Member
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$40.00
Beginner Beekeeping for the Backyard Gardener (at Fairchild Farm):
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$40.00
Volunteer
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$10.00
Grafting Workshop with Dr. Richard Campbell (at Fairchild Farm):
Member
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$75.00
Non-Member
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$100.00
The Magnificent Medinilla with Marie Nock:
Member
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$30.00
Non-Member
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$40.00
Growing Mangos in South Florida with Dr. Noris Ledesma (at Fairchild Farm):
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$35.00
Non-Member
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$45.00
Grafting Tropical Fruit Trees - Section B (at Fairchild Farm):
Member
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$40.00
Non-Member
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$55.00
Donation:
$0.00
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