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For Immediate Release:
May 26, 2011

Media Contact:
Cathy Guerra

2011 Rare Fruit Conference at the Fruit & Spice Park

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
The Tropical Fruit & Vegetable Society of the Redland, Inc. and the Miami-Dade County Fruit & Spice Park proudly present the 2011 Rare Fruit Conference from Thursday, July 7th to Sunday, July 10th, 2011. Early registration ends on June 1st. Register today and save! Pre-conference activities are included in the registration. On Monday, July 11th, a post-conference tour to Unbelievable Acres Botanic Gardens and Taru Gardens at Sundy House is offered for an additional fee. Space is limited.

Confirmed speakers of the 2011 Rare Fruit Conference include:

  • Markku Hakkinen FLS, KEYNOTE SPEAKER
    University of Helsinki Botanical Garden
    Visiting Researcher
  • Richard Wallace, PhD., Professor of Chemistry
    Department of Chemistry and Physics
    Armstrong Atlantic State University
  • Nigel Smith, PhD., Professor of Geography
    University of Florida
  • Ian Greig, Greig and Associates
    Management & Technical Services for Agriculture
  • Jonathan Crane, PhD., Professor and Associate Center Director
    Tropical Research & Educational Center
    University of Florida
  • Rico Montenegro, Chief Arborist
    Fruit Tree Planting Foundation
  • Erik Tietag
    Pine Island Nursery

Registration Information:
The cost for Early registration is $185. Early registration ends on Wednesday, June 1st.
Registration between June 2nd and June 30th is $200.
Registration after June 30th and at the door is $225.

A post-conference tour to Unbelievable Acres & Taru Gardens at Sundy House is offered for an additional fee. Space is limited.

The Hampton Inn & Suites Miami-South/Homestead is the official Rare Fruit Conference hotel. The hotel is offering a special conference rate.

For more information, please go online or send an email.

About the Fruit & Spice Park
The Fruit & Spice Park, operated by Miami-Dade Park & Recreation Department, grows more than 500 varieties of sub-tropical fruits, herbs, spices, vegetables and nuts from around the world on 39 lush acres in the agricultural Redland. The park offers daily botanical tours, fruit tasting and naturalist led workshops.   

About the Tropical Fruit & Vegetable Society of the Redland, Inc.
Founded in 1981, the Tropical Fruit & Vegetable Society of the Redland, Inc. is a charitable, tax-exempt, 501(c) (3) organization. Its focus is promoting the knowledge of growing, the use of and distribution of tropical fruits and vegetables and to support the goals of the Preston B. Bird and Mary Heinlein Fruit & Spice Park.

About the Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department (MDPR)
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the National Gold Medal Award, 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award winner for excellence in management and operations, MDPR is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 263 parks and more than 12,848 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more. For information about MDPR the public can call 3-1-1 or visit Miami Dade Parks.   


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