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July 4, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Welcome to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

A view from the Allee overlook, which is one of two vistas in the garden. They provide a wonderful view that stretches the length of the garden.

A view from the Allee overlook, which is one of two vistas in the garden. They provide a wonderful view that stretches the length of the garden.

By Evan Apt ’15
Summer intern at Fairchild Botanic Garden
instagram.com/theysayimapt

Hello, my name is Evan Apt and I am currently a 4th year student at Ohio University.  This summer I decided it was time to get out and explore some of the possibilities for future employment.  Ive always been fascinated by tropical plants so it was only natural that when it came to find an internship for the summer, I chose as tropical of a location as possible while still being in the continental U.S.  That’s how I ended up here in Southern Miami, Florida, working for the world renowned Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

View from the 2nd vista at Fairchild (A.K.A. Cycad Vista) This view extends the length of the park, around 1.5 miles.

View from the 2nd vista at Fairchild (A.K.A. Cycad Vista) This view extends the length of the park, around 1.5 miles.

I arrived here in Florida around one month ago, and since that time I have been very busy assisting the horticulture and conservation staff in their day-to-day activities as well as helping out with numerous other research projects.  My goal for the next few weeks is to slowly begin updating this blog with all the activities I have participated in.  I have lots of pictures to sort through and limited internet connection so bear with me.

Here I am during a plant rescue at an abandoned primate testing facility. This site is about to be turned into a Wal-mart and we were lucky enough to be able to go though and collect all the rare / endangered plants we could find.

Here I am during a plant rescue at an abandoned primate testing facility. This site is about to be turned into a Wal-mart and we were lucky enough to be able to go though and collect all the rare / endangered plants we could find.

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Couroupita guianensis flower, aka the cannonball tree. Probably one of the coolest flowers I have found at the garden.

Thanks for reading!  Stay tuned, MUCH, MUCH more to come!

Feel free to follow me on instagram (new pics daily)!  Follow @theysayimapt

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Evan Apt is studying Environmental & Plant Biology at Ohio University and is currently interning at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, FL.

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