What Is the Fairchild Botanical Garden?


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The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida, includes exhibits such as the Wings of the Tropics Conservatory, the Tropical Plant Conservatory and Rare Plant House, and the William F. Whitman Tropical Fruit Pavilion. Dr. David Fairchild, an avid plant scientist, founded the garden.

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What Is the Fairchild Botanical Garden?
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The Wings of the Tropics exhibit is a butterfly garden filled with tropical plants such as bamboos, lianas and orchids. Roughly 40 species of butterflies change from caterpillars to winged insects in the on-site Vollmer Metamorphosis Lab. Visitors can watch the transformation through a glass wall. Attendants release the hatched butterflies into the garden twice daily to interact with visitors.

Next is the Tropical Plant Conservatory and Rare Plant House filled with rare orchids, philodendrons and antheriums. The pathway leading through the exhibit is made of oolite, a sedimentary rock filled with fossils found locally. The Rare Plant House includes a plant species with black flowers that look like resting bats. Other plants in this combined exhibit include giant tree ferns and pitcher plants.

The William F. Whitman Tropical Fruit Pavilion is a giant greenhouse filled with exotic plants and trees from the Amazon, Malaysia, Thailand and other places in the tropical Pacific. The plants thrive in the warm, humid climate inside the structure. Tours through the exhibit even offer a chance to sample fruit grown on site.

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