The Botanical Buzz: June 1, 2018 Newsletter

Botanical Buzz
Plant the Future and the Miami Beach Botanical Garden announce the installation of a unicorn botanical sculpture by Paloma Teppa. The sculpture features living Sansevieria Cylindrica plants as the mane and tail of the unicorn. The Sansevieria has immense strength as a plant and thrives all year round. Plant the Future’s generous donation to the Garden is a symbol of the growing relationship between us.
We are enlisting the community to help us give him a name. Send us your suggestion. A panel will review the suggestions and the most popular will win. Look for future workshops at the Garden with Plant the Future and learn more about biophilia.
Preparing For The Upcoming Storm Season
Our arborist friends from True Tree Service dropped in to do what they do best, preventive pruning! Our Seagrape and many other specimens were trimmed back to reduce heavy branches which could jeopardize an entire tree during intense wind and rain events. Now is the perfect time to prepare your trees and foliage for this storm season, which begins June 1st! Learn more about preventive pruning, at our 2nd Saturday Seminar, July 14 at 10 am. Meet True Tree Service’s, Ian Wogan as he explains pruning principles and walks us through the Garden giving insight into sculpting and assessing foliage to prevent tree loss.
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Ian Wogan carefully chooses what limbs need to be trimmed in order to lighten the trees and eliminate at-risk branches.
Blanket flower (Gaillardia)
Beach Verbena
(Gladularia maritima)
Hanging Lobster Claw (Heliconia rostrata)
Desert Rose
(Adenium obesum)
Spanish Shawl (Heterocentron elegans)
Dune Sunflower (Helianthus debilis)
Looking back at May’s two artful events.
An exclusive showing of exquisite wildflower sculptures by Mississippi artist Trailer McQuilkin awed both flower and art lovers. These uber realistic studies of each flower challenged the viewer to question if they were real specimens or not? Mr. McQuilkin was on hand to explain his processes, starting from extracting the plant from its native surrounding to recreating it using his masterful techniques.
Plant The Future’s whimsical unicorn was planted in the Garden. Guests toasted his arrival and met Paloma. Sure to be a popular new feature for Garden visitors.
Think Pink!!!
Be the flock of the town on any rainy day with this unique Flamingo umbrella with self-standing base. Say goodbye to boring black umbrellas that get lost in the crowd.
Price – $30
Seed Ya Later…
Artist designed seed packs celebrating the diverse stories of seeds and their stewards. Flowers, Herbs and Veggies and more…
Price – $5.50 Each
Kids Turning Nature Into Art!
Every Wednesday, June 13 – August 8 (Except July 4th)
10:00am to 1:00pm
Miami Beach Botanical Garden & The Sunflower Society invite all children to our free SUMMER ART CAMP 2018.
Ages 4-13 years old
Classes are taught by experienced Artist and Designer Winsome Bolt. Enjoy five unique projects that encourage creativity and appreciation for the natural environment. Turn nature into art, using the Garden as inspiration, each class will focus on individual creativity and expression. Workshops will be in the Banyan Ballroom. Seating is limited, so please register. Art supplies are included. Please let us know if you have an objection to your child being photographed for future promotion of our Free Summer Art Camp.
All children may participate in the final exhibit at the Garden on Thursday,
August 9th, 6-8 PM.
Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entirety of the class.
Beverages and snacks provided by KIND.
Tip Of The Month: To Weed or not to Weed…
With the rainy season upon us, everything is growing faster! Even Weeds! You know what they say, one man’s weed is another man’s ground-cover.
Here are some eco-friendly, preventative tips on how to save some back-breaking time hand pulling weeds…
More Mulch
Mulch blocks out the light weeds, but be careful to not bury the plants with too much mulch.
Pick Smart Ground-Covers
Many native groundcovers like Sunshine Mimosa do a wonderful job at choking out weeds. They support habitat and are naturally drought tolerant.
Try Out A Weed Mat
Can be put down that lets air and water through, but not light. Plant the plants you want in holes of the mat, then add some mulch!
Gaylord’s Guided Garden Tour
Every Saturday
11 – 11:45 am
$5 donation per person
Discover the Garden with Gaylord as he unearths the stories about the landscape, plants, and history of Miami Beach packed within these 2.6 acres.
If you would like to schedule a private tour, call 305-673-7256.
Sunday Zen Garden Yoga
Rain or shine
10:30 – 11:30am
Class $10
Nourish your body, mind, and soul with Franci. Prepare for the week ahead with vinyasa yoga class in paradise. This class is modified for all levels, filled with deep stretches, twists, balancing poses and breath work.
Art in the Park with Marie
Sunday, June 10 & 24
10am- 1am
Free with Registration
Unleash your children’s imagination as they are guided to create arts & crafts in a natural setting, using mixed mediums Art in the Park with Marie is rain or shine. The kids create – you rejuvenate with yoga.
Kids Turning Nature Into Art!
The Garden’s Summer Art Campers sure were creative last year! We look forward to hosting Summer Art Camp 2018 beginning June 13th. This year’s project will be guaranteed to inspire creativity and the inner botanist in your kids.
Kids Turning Nature Into Art! (Summer Art Camp 2018)
Seeking Homes for Miami Beach Garden Tour 2019
Proud of your Miami Beach garden?
We are seeking gardens for the 18th Miami Beach Garden Tour, March 9, 2019. Please send us pictures of your garden and be a part of the diverse collection of homes and complexes on next year’s tour. Send pix to
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