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The Gifford Arboretum sponsors a host of activities during the year including horticultural workshops, plant sales, festivals, and our Annual Picnic and Lecture. Below is a schedule of the events.

If you have any questions about any of the events, please contact us at 305-284-1302. We look forward to seeing you at one of our many events in the future! (For directions to the Arboretum or the Cox Science Center, please reference the "Visits, Directions" portion of our website)

To get to Cox Science Center Room 166, please enter either the front or the back entrance. From the front entrance, cross the Cox Lobby and take a right at the glass doors; down the corridor you will see the meeting room. If you are entering the Cox Science Center from the back entrances (ie. the parking entrances), then please enter through any of the glass doors and take a left down the corridor to the meeting room. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of the Arboretum. We look forward to seeing you there!

We have some great programs and activities lined up for the Fall semester. Please check them out and plan to join us!



Gifford Arboretum Schedule of Events: Fall 2015

(All meetings at 7 PM in Cox Science Center Room 166 or Room 213)



September 2, 2015 - Meeting and Presentation by UM Professor Donald Olson

Dr. Olson will present "Invasive Species and Biogeography." This talk will not only describe how plants have moved historically, but also how man's introduction of invasive species can affect native plant communities in substantial ways by creating ecological imbalances. Learn about Dr. Olson's research on this timely topic and what we should seek to understand and evaluate before adding exotic plants into ecosystems. 7:00 pm in Cox Science Center Room 166.



October 7, 2015 - Meeting and Presentation by Ms. Vickie Murphy

Vickie Murphy is a respected and skilled horticulturalist at the Montgomery Botanical Center, which contains one of the best palm and cycad collections in the world. Ms. Murphy will present "Plant Propagation and Containerized Gardening," and this will be an opportunity to learn more about how to propagate plants correctly as well as to maintain them in a healthy condition in containers. 7:00 pm in Cox Science Center Room 213



November 4, 2015 - Meeting and Presentation by UM Professor Don DeAngelis

Dr. DeAngelis will present "Sea Level Rise and Changes in Coastal Vegetation in Southern Florida". Sea level rise and storm-surges from hurricanes pose major threat to coastal southern Florida, not just to the human infrastructure, but to all coastal habitat. Empirical data show that freshwater vegetation is retreating in some coastal areas due to gradual salinity intrusion from sea level rise, and also suggest that storm surge events may cause large shifts from freshwater vegetation to mangroves. The U. S. Geological Survey and Dr. DeAngelis are using models of hurricane-related salinity intrusion, in combination with vegetation models, to try to both estimate possible effects of previous hurricanes and to predict future changes to coastal vegetation. 7:00 pm in Cox Science Center Room 213.



December 5, 2015 - Annual Gifford Arboretum Picnic

10:30 am in the Gifford Arboretum
This year's event will start at 10:30 am with a tour of the Palm Exhibit of the Arboretum that will introduce attendees to the new Gifford Arboretum catalog and signage, including the use of QR codes to provide additional, new interpretation of the collection while in the Arboretum. However, the focus of this year's event will be palms, and we are fortunate to have palm experts Dr. Scott Zona of FIU and Dr. Larry Noblick, Palm Biologist with the Montgomery Botanical Center, leading our tour of the palm exhibit as well as a special tour of UM's Palmetum following our picnic lunch. Food will be served at 11:30 am and, if you can, please bring a special dish to share with others at the picnic.



In addition, we will have a Music in the Arboretum performances on October 21, 2015 and, November 18, 2015 at 6:00 pm. This open air performance features a variety of types of music played by different ensembles from UM's Frost School of Music. Performers to be announced, and music performances will continue in the Spring Semester on February 17, 2016; March 16, 2016 and/or April 20, 2016. 6:00 pm in the Gifford Arboretum

There will also be various Tours of the Arboretum on topics and at times to be announced. So far, scheduled tours include a tour at noon on September 6, 2015 when Arboretum Director Steve Pearson will lead a tour of the plants in the Myrtales Exhibit and a tour at 6:00 pm on October 29, 2015 when Dr. John Cozza of FIU and Steve Pearson will lead a tour of the "Sacred and Magical Trees of the Arboretum". All tours start at the stone semi-circle bench in the Arboretum.

All Gifford Arboretum events are free and open to the public