Previous Speakers

Previous Speakers

erik-tietig.jpg SPEAKER: September 12th, 2012
Erik Tietig, Vice President, Pine Island Nursery Inc.
Topic: New Fruits and Varieties in Production at Pine Island Nursery

SPEAKER: August 8th, 2012
Noris Ledesman, Curator of Tropical Fruit, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Topic: Jackfruit and Mango pruning

SPEAKER: July 11th, 2012
Tomas Ayala-Silva, Ph.D. (left person in photo)
Horticulture Curator at the USDA Research Center – Chapman Field
Topic: Laurel Wilt of Avocado

bob-brennan.jpg SPEAKER: June 13th, 2012
Bob Brennan, Arborist, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Topic: Hurricane Pruning for your Fruit Trees

SPEAKER: May 9th, 2012
Noel Ramos, Fruit Hunter from Coral Springs, FL
Topic: The Amazing Artocarpus, Jakfruits, Breadfruit and the others!

SPEAKER: April 11, 2012
Dr. Jonathan Crane, UF/IFAS/Tropical Fruit Crops Specialist,
Topic: – Avocado & Annona

SPEAKER: March 14, 2012
Donna Fries, Water Use Efficiency Section Manager
Topic: – Water Use Efficiency, Best Management Practices (BMPs)

SPEAKER: Janruary 9th, 2012
Marcus Thomson, Permaculture Miami
Topic: “Permaculture techniques for growing tropical fruits and vegetables in South Florida”
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Abiu-Slow2010 021.jpg SPEAKER: October 12th, 2011
Noel Ramos, Fruit Hunter
Topic: “Puerto Rico Fruit Safari”

Jeff_Wasielewski.jpeg SPEAKER: September 14th, 2011
Jeff Wasielewski, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Topic: The Mighty Mango, the King of All Tropical Fruit This talk will cover the pruning, fertilization, harvesting, planting and cultivar selection of the world’s most coveted fruit.

IMG_8814.jpg SPEAKER: August 10th, 2011
Dr. Matt Snow, RFCI President
Topic: Lychee and Longan Culture

IMG_0263.JPG SPEAKER: July 13th, 2011
Kia Dickson, RFCI member
Topic: Sunergy___”Life Force Fuel” for LIVING BODIES

bob-brennan.jpg SPEAKER: June 8th, 2011
Bob Brennan, Arborist, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Topic: Hurricane Pruning for your Fruit Trees

susan-maguire-RFCI-5-2011-speaker.jpg SPEAKER: May 11th, 2011
Susan Maguire
Topic: Medieval Garden

IMG_8341.jpg SPEAKER: April 13th, 2011
Dr. Matt Snow
Topic: Spring grafting workshop

over 100 years mango tree Hawaii.JPG SPEAKER: March 9th, 2011
Noris Ledesma – Website – Click Here
Topic: Propagating Tropical Fruits (powerpoint presentation and a demo)

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SPEAKER: February 9th, 2011
Dr. Richard J. Campbell – Website – Click Here
Topic: For the love of Mangos

SPEAKER: January 13th, 2011
Lynda LaRocca.
Topic: Destination Australia


Speaker for November 10th, 2010:
Chris Rollins, Director of the Fruit & Spice Park
Topic: Lesser known tropical fruits for your backyard.


Speaker for October 13th, 2010:
Open Board Meeting


Speaker for September, 8th, 2010:
Dr. Matthew Snow
Topic: Dragon Fruit: An Overview


Speaker for August, 11th, 2010, Oct. 14th, 2009, July 8th, 2009
Adrian Hunsberger, Urban Horticulture Agent , University of Florida / Miami-Dade County Extension, Topic: Your Plants


Speaker for July, 14th, 2010:
Bob Brennan, “Arborist” Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Topic: Pruning for hurricane season


Speaker for June, 9th, 2010:
Erik Tietig of Pine Island Nursery –
Topic: Topic: New Fruits for south Florida


SPEAKER May 12th, 2010:
Lanette Sobel of the Fertile Earth Foundation,
Topic: “Vermytechnology and Fruit Trees”


SPEAKER: April 14th, 2010
Clyde Stephens,


SPEAKER: March 14th, 2010
Jim McMaster of Outreach Education for the Friends of the Everglades,
Topic: “Everglades restoration and our water supply”


SPEAKER: Feb. 10th, 2010
Dr. Carlos Balardi,
Topic: “Mamey, Annonas and Jakfruit”


SPEAKER: Jan. 13th, 2010
Philiip L. Vonk,
Topic: “The History of Chocolate”


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SPEAKER: September 9th, 2009
Glen Ivie (RFCI Member)
Topic: World of the Maya.


SPEAKER: August 12th, 2009
Lynda LaRocca.
Topic: Brazil-A Glimpse of the Pantanal


SPEAKER: June 10th, 2009
Warren Condon, RFCI Member,
Topic: Thailand


SPEAKER: May 13th, 2009
Chris Rollins, Director of the Fruit & Spice Park
Topic: Minor Fruits. He is a past President of the Rare Fruit Council.


SPEAKER: April 8th, 2009
Dr Jonathan Crane,
Topic: Redbay Ambrosia beetle & Laurel Wilt Fungus on Avocados


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SPEAKER: March 11th, 2009
Dr. Matthew Snow
Topic: “Hands On Grafting Workshop”


SPEAKER: February 11th, 2009
Jeff Wasielewski
Topic: Mango Care in the Home Garden


SPEAKER: January 14th, 2009
David McLean
Topic: Medicinal Plants


SPEAKER: October 8th, 2008
Dr. Carol Horwitz, University of Miami
Topic: Gifford Arboretum, (saved from being a parking lot) A collection of Fruit and Flowering trees and unusual plants. All on the U of M campus.


Speaker: September 10, 2008
Dr. Tomas Ayala Silva, Curator of the Miami USDA
Topic: Fruits of the Miami USDA, Mayaguez, P.R. and Hawaii


Speaker: July 9, 2008
Dr. Matthew Snow
Topic: Growing Tips On Longans


Speaker: June 11, 2008
Morgan Levy (South Dade Soil & Water Conservation District. )
Topic: Saving $, soil & water in groves and garden – In Vessel Composting


Speaker: November 14th, 2007
Crafton Cliff
Topic: A apple a day keeps the doctor away. (Tropical version.)


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Speaker: July 11th, 2007
Noris Ledesma, Curator of Tropical Fruit Fairchild Tropical Garden, William’s Grove, Homestead, FL
Topic: Mangoes she found on her recent trip to India


Speaker: May 9th, 2007
Har Mahdeem


Speaker: April, 11th 2007
Noel Ramos


Speaker: March, 14th 2007
Dr. Robert McMillan, Plant Pathologist – Kerry’s Bromeliads Nursery & Emeritus Faculty UF/IFAS/TREC


Speaker: Ferbuary 14th 2007
Crafton Cliff


Speaker: Jan. 10th, 2007
Murray Corman – Garden of Delights –


Speaker: November 8th 2006
Carlos Balerdi, – Tropical Fruit Agent, Multi-County – retired


Speaker: October 11, 2006
Dr. Ray Rafie, Agriculture Development Agent