Even though the Wynwood Art District just off Biscayne Boulevard is considered Miami’s epicenter for the visual arts, there is a well tucked away section of landscape about twenty miles to the south (described as one of the world’s most unique botanical gardens) which also boosts of its own kind of artistic quality … the natural environment or botanical art.
Named after botanist and plant explorer Dr. David Fairchild (1869-1954) son-in-law of Alexander Graham-Bell, the 83-acres Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Metropolitan Miami is not only one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world, it is also a neighboring cultural leader with well known local and international artists and musicians exhibiting and performing there year-round.
According their website, “Since 2005, Fairchild has shown works of art by Jorge Pardo, Will Ryman, Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne, Fernando Botero, Yayoi Kusama, Mark DiSuvero, Dale Chihuly, Yoko Ono, Cameron Gainer, Kris Martin, Chapungu, John Chamberlain, Sitting Naturally and Roy Lichtenstein.
Although art is always ‘blossoming’ at the Fairchild Garden on any given day Fairchild is, above all else, dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of ‘tropical plants.’
Nature photographers, particularly flower photographers enjoy visiting the Garden which some say represent a smorgasbord of photo ops you are not likely to find in other similar surroundings anywhere else in the continental USA. And don’t even think of asking any one of the 1,200 Garden volunteers you’re likely to find on the grounds ... What is blossoming today? Why? Because with more than 3,400 species of plants at the Fairchild, what’s blossoming ANY day is anyone’s guess. For certain, though, and like being assured that you would find a fish in the ocean anytime, there’s always a plant blossoming somewhere at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
The ‘Wings of the Tropics' exhibit in the Clinton Family Conservatory is the most recent exhibit launched by Fairchild last year. It is a one-of-a-kind exhibit of about three thousand butterflies representing about forty different species like the exotic heliconids, morphos and owl butterflies from Central America, South America and Asia.
It is truly a sight to observe and, for photographers in particular, they just can’t seem to get enough of it. Caution, however: Do not go to the exhibit without a camera. You’ll never forgive yourself.
All said, the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is yet another kind of art experience although with a leaning towards nature and our natural environment.
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