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"Small Eden" free exhibit evening & lecture at the Deering Estate

MIAMI (August 12, 2016)

The Deering Estate welcomes the public to experience Small Eden, a multidisciplinary exhibit featuring botanical watercolors by Tropical Botanic Artists and a specially curated Herbarium collection from Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Highlighting their onsite orchid specimens and recent initiatives, FTBG Director, Dr. Carl E. Lewis will present a brief lecture called "The Million Orchid Project: Community-based species restoration for South Florida." The exhibit is on display from August 5 - September 30, 2016 on view daily with Estate admission.

The Exhibit Evening is on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and is free & open to the public. The lecture begins promptly at 7:15 pm.

Small Eden is a multidisciplinary exhibit featuring watercolors by Tropical Botanic Artists, historic objects and photographs, and a collaboratively curated Herbarium collection and lecture from Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

Tamiami Trail: In the Beginning, Portraits of plants found along the Tamiami Trail is a botanical watercolor exhibit that marks the 100th anniversary of this scenic national highway through the Everglades. Unique works by Tropical Botanic Artists including; Margie Bauer, Kristi Bettendorf, Beverly Borland, Silvia Bota, Marie Chaney, Susan Cumins, Jeanie Daniel Duck, Julio Figueroa, Bobbi Garber, Pauline Goldsmith, Leo Hernandez, Elsa Nadal, Carol Onstad, Laurie Richardson, Donna Torres, and Jedda Wong.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Herbarium - A collaboration between Dr. Brett Jestrow, FTBG Herbarium Curator, and the Deering Estate Curatorial Team, the complementing collections exhibit shows several of the represented specimens from the Deering Herbarium Collection, a historic collection supported by Charles Deering and established by botanist John Kunkel Small in the Early 1900’s. Special orchid specimens from the Buswell Collection are on view to highlight Fairchild’s recent initiative The Million Orchid Project. Exhibit is located in the James Deering Danielson Library of the Stone House.

About Tropical Botanic Artists
The Tropical Botanic Artists collective was established in Miami, Florida in 2006 to pursue the beauty of tropical plants through art. Its members come from all walks of life and each brings a unique viewpoint to his or her work. They share the love of the natural world and it is reflected in their admiration for botanical subjects. They hope that their viewers will take a moment to observe the wonders of minute detail in plants and bring these new powers of observation into everyday life.

About the Million Orchid Project
The goal of the Million Orchid Project is to propagate and plant one million native orchid plants in urban environments throughout South Florida. The project involves tremendous help from volunteers and students of all ages. We have an orchid propagation laboratory at Fairchild, and the new BioTECH magnet high school also has a lab dedicated to the project. We recently inaugurated a new mobile laboratory, created within the frame of a decommissioned school bus, to bring specialized orchid propagation equipment to public middle schools throughout Miami-Dade. So far the project has enlisted the help of over 100 schools and has distributed more than 50,000 orchids, including four native species. We are anticipating hitting the 1,000,000 mark in 2018.

About the Deering Estate
The 450+ acre Deering Estate is an environmental, archaeological and historical preserve. From canoe tours to butterfly walks and guided nature hikes, the Deering Estate has diverse activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Estate is part of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department, which manages the Estate on behalf of the State of Florida. The Deering Estate celebrates 30 years of being on the National Register of Historic Places. #DiscoverMore history, art, culture, science, preservation, conservation and ecology at the Deering Estate!

The Deering Estate offers complimentary exhibit viewing nights, highlighting a variety of contemporary, historic, and visiting exhibitions inside the historic homes. Exhibit Evenings are free of charge and offer the public a chance to interact with artists and curators and to experience a variety of exhibit tours and talks are held from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Wednesdays per annual schedule.