Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation, recently received the 2013 Diamond Award from the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce in the Non-Profit Organization category.
“It is an honor and privilege to receive this prestigious award which recognizes the vision of our board of trustees and the collective achievements of our scientists, educators, staff and volunteers,” said Nannette M. Zapata, chief operating officer of Fairchild Garden. “Together, this extraordinary group works selflessly to fulfill the Garden’s mission as a leader in conservation education and has propelled Fairchild Garden into one of South Florida’s most successful cultural organizations.”
The Diamond Award program is the signature award program for top companies in the Coral Gables community, established in 1997 to recognize organizations that exhibit business excellence including economic stability and growth, corporate citizenship, outstanding customer service, community outreach and provide a nurturing workplace environment.
Located on 85 acres in Coral Gables and now celebrating its 75th anniversary, Fairchild Garden was created in 1938 by Col. Robert Montgomery, a successful businessman with a passion for plant collecting; his wife, Nell Jennings, and Dr. David Fairchild, one of the greatest plant explorers of all time, and his wife, Marian Hubbard Bell.
The Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan Arts Center will open in the spring of 2014, a new permanent venue at Fairchild that will exhibit art, music and Fairchild’s rich cultural and botanical exploration history. The 3,000-square-foot Cultural Center will include an art gallery; be home to all music genres including jazz, contemporary, blues, gospel and chamber music. and be home to Fairchild’s neverbefore- seen collective botanical art illustrations. It also will be available for private rental to the community and will fill an unmet need in South Gables and the southern part of Miami-Dade County for arts and cultural activities.
Fairchild is a global center for research and conservation, and its programs work to save some of the world’s most threatened species and habitats. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Rd. For more information, call 305-667-1651 or visit <www.fairchildgarden.org>.