Fairchild Partners in Third Annual “Go Green” Festival at the Belafonte TACOLCY Centeral

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Fairchild Partners in Third Annual “Go Green” Festival

at the Belafonte TACOLCY Center

 Coral Gables, FL, June 11, 2009 On Saturday June 13, 2009, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will partner in the third annual “Planting the Seeds, Growing the Future” event will be held at the Belafonte TACOLCY Center, 6161 NW 9th Ave, in Liberty City. This one-day, community event is free and open to the public. It will include activities for all ages with a “Go Green” theme. Festivities will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 “Planting the Seeds, Growing the Future” is the result of a close partnership between Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, the Belafonte TACOLCY Center and the Miami Workers Center.

 The goal of this day-long environmental fair is to educate and inspire multiple generations to appreciate the beauty and value of nature, understand the need for conservation, and recognize that individuals can make a difference in their communities and beyond.

 Activities will include arts and crafts, games, planting activities, a rain barrel workshop and other gardening demonstrations, exhibits by earth-friendly organizations and vendors, and two community panel discussions on urban gardening and green jobs. Food and entertainment will be provided.

Contact Information:

Alison Walker                                                               Roger Horne

Community Outreach Coordinator                           Project Manager

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden                            Belafonte TACOLCY Center

10901 Old Cutler Rd, Miami, FL 33156     OR        6161 NW 9th Ave, Miami, FL 33127  

Tel: 305.669.4088                                                       Tel: 786.873.0526

Fax: 305.661.8953                                                       Fax: 305.751.0228

Email: awalker@fairchildgarden.org                       Email: rhorne@tacolcy.org 

 Schedule:

10:00 a.m.                                  Festival opens

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.             Exhibitor Booths with hands-on activities and displays

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.           Kids Area – arts and crafts, planting activities

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.           Rain Barrel Workshop (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.           Green Jobs Panel

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.           Lunch

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.             Composting Demo

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.               Community Garden Panel

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.               Planting Demo and Dedication Ceremony

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.               Plant Giveaway/Raffle

About Fairchild

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. It is one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation. Currently Fairchild has field programs in over 20 countries including support to protected areas in Madagascar and Africa and botanic garden development and renovation projects in South and Central America, the Caribbean and Middle East. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden houses the National Palm Collection as recognized by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), has the world’s greatest living collection of palms and cycads; an education program reaching more than 50,000 school children per year; hosts popular events like the International Chocolate Festival, International Mango Festival and International Orchid Festival, the Ramble, concerts, affiliated plant society shows and sales and more; and, is a not-for-profit organization relying on the support of its 40,000 members and benefactors. Fairchild hosts major art events such as Mark di Suvero, Fernando Botero, Dale Chihuly and Kris Martin at Fairchild this year, Botero, Lichtenstein and Chihuly at Fairchild in 2008 and Chihuly at Fairchild in 2005 and 2006. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida 33156. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. For more information, please visit us at www.fairchildgarden.org and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fairchild-Tropical-Botanic-Garden/21557931711.

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