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MIAMI FRUIT & SPICE PARK : Rare Fruit Conference 2014


The Rare Fruit Conference has been held a dozen times at the Fruit & Spice Park since its conception in 1984. 

It features visits to botanical gardens, research stations and programs on rare tropical fruit. 


Rare Fruit Conference Highlights Tours: Florida Key Fruit Safari – This tour will visit the historic Grimal Estate, famous for its rare tropical fruit trees, an 80 year old sapodilla grove and native plant habitats of the Florida Keys. 

 USDA-ARS-SHRS, National Germplasm Repository – This active USDA Station conducts agricultural research and maintains collection of important fruit crops. 

Visit a mango breeding program. 

 The Kampong, National Botanical Garden – this magnificent historic garden was the home of Dr. David Fairchild and is now part of the National Botanical Garden. 

 TREC, University of Florida, Homestead – Part of the University of Florida the exciting research station has been involved with agricultural research and experimentation for many years. 

 Montgomery Botanical Center - A nonprofit botanic garden established in 1959, Montgomery Botanical Center keeps living specimens from wild plant populations worldwide. Emphasizing palms and cycads. 


The 120-acre botanical site is a garden of exemplary design and great beauty. 

 The Fruit & Spice Park, operated by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces 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 workshops. 

 Presentations & Tastings

 “Mango Tasting” by Crafton Clift 

“Developing the Farmer Chef Relations in Hawaii” by Ken Love

 “Myrciaria/Plinia Species” by Adam Shafran 

“Wilson Popenoe, The Original Indiana Jones” by Juanita Popenoe

 “Fruit Parks of Japan” by Ken Love 

“34 Years at the Fruit & Spice Park” by Chris Rollins

 Conference Fees 

i.Full Event Fee per participant: $150.00

 ii.Weekend Fee: $100.00 

iii.Student (must show valid School ID): $75.00 

iv.Make Checks Payable to: TFVSR (Tropical Fruit & Vegetable Society of the Redland) 

Preregistration: Dr. Paulette Johnson v.


Mail to: Paulette Johnson/Rare Fruit Conference

8951 SW 52 Street Miami, FL 33165 

 For information contact 

Chris Rollins, 

Fruit & Spice Park Manager, 

305-242-7934 or 

To request material in accessible format, information on access for persons with disabilities, or sign language interpreter services (7 days in advance), call 305-755-7848

At Fruit & Spice Park from Jul 09, 2014, 9:00:am to Jul 13, 2014, 5:00:pm - Special Events - Details

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