Ceremony marks opening of Fairchild Science Village

Pictured at the vine-cutting ceremony are (l-r) Carl Lewis, Fairchild Garden; Michael Spring, Miami Dade County; Arturo Xiques; Lisa Martinez, Miami Dade County; Paul DiMare, donor; Bruce Greer, Fairchild Garden; Swanee DiMare, donor; Joyce Burns, donor; Tony Burns, donor; Albert Cordoves, Corwil Architects; Nannette Zapata, Fairchild Garden; Bruce Clinton, donor; Judy Kramer; Martha Clinton, donor, and James Kushlan, PhD, donor.

Pictured at the vine-cutting ceremony are (l-r) Carl Lewis, Fairchild Garden; Michael Spring, Miami Dade County; Arturo Xiques; Lisa Martinez, Miami Dade County; Paul DiMare, donor; Bruce Greer, Fairchild Garden; Swanee DiMare, donor; Joyce Burns, donor; Tony Burns, donor; Albert Cordoves, Corwil Architects; Nannette Zapata, Fairchild Garden; Bruce Clinton, donor; Judy Kramer; Martha Clinton, donor, and James Kushlan, PhD, donor.

Some 250 members, donors and VIPs attended the Dec. 1 opening of the Science Village at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

The Science Village includes more than 25,000 square feet and features the Clinton Family Conservatory with an interactive “Wings of the Tropics” butterfly exhibit, the Glasshouse Café, and the Whitman Tropical Fruit Pavilion. Creating a wonderland of nature, the butterfly exhibit includes butterflies by the thousands, hummingbirds, palms and trees wrapped with Fairchild’s extensive collection of rare orchids, all alongside a beautiful stream that flows throughout the length of conservatory.

Upon entering, visitors encounter a Butterfly Metamorphosis Lab where, through a glass wall, they can view butterfly chrysalis that are undergoing metamorphosis. Butterfly Conservatory staff can be viewed in the lab conducting research as the butterflies emerge. Emerging butterflies will be released twice a day into the conservatory as part of its interactive programming for guests.

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