Coastal and Tropical South

August, 2014
Regional Report

Shows & Events

National Honey Bee Days at Fairchild
Head to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden on Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day to join in celebrating out most important pollinator -- the honeybee! On Saturday Bob Brennan, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden arborist, will talk on "Why I help honey bees... and what you can do to help them," and Frank Macaluso, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden volunteer and edible garden specialist, will speak about Pollinators in your South Florida Edible Garden. On Sunday Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden writer Georgia Tasker will lecture on The Plight of the Honeybee. In addition, there will be guided walking tours of the Edible Garden; information on honeybees and other pollinators at the Edible Garden Discovery car; and a Fruit Market with fresh-made smoothies and avocado honey for sale. Admission to the Garden is $25 for adults; $18 seniors; $ 12 children 6-17; under 5 and Fairchild members free. The Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL. For more information, go to http://www.fairchildgarden.org/Events/?date=08-2014&eventID=977.

Favorite or New Plant

'Fruit Cocktail' Shrimp Plant
Shrimp plant (Justicia brandegeana), with its shiny, leathery leaves and red bracts enclosing a white flower, has been a garden favorite in our regions since the early 20th century. The eye-catchingly colored cultivar 'Fruit Cocktail' displays bright red flowers accented by lime green bracts. Partly sunny sites throughout our regions can host this beauty, though it may be best grown in a container or a courtyard if you live away from the Gulf Coast. Hard frost may kill it back to the ground, but it usually regrows from the roots when the weather warms. It's a firecracker of a plant!

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