Save the Date! Friday, September 23, 2016. MBBG Second Annual Oktoberfest. Join us as we celebrate a tradition that goes back to 1810. It first took place when Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) married Princess Therese of Bavaria. This year we are bringing it to the Garden again.. Join us as we celebrate a night of local craft beer, live music, and delicious Bavarian treats. Check for more details soon!

Saturday August 13, 2016. 10 AM-12 noon. Free Rain Barrel Workshop with UF/IFAS Miami-Dade County Extension Service. Come learn how harvesting rain water can help reduce pollution from stormwater runoff and provide a supply of free, non-chlorinated, pH-neutral water for your vegetable garden, prize orchids, potted plants and much more! The workshop is free to attend and recycled plastic 60-gallon food-grade drums (rain barrels) are available for purchase at $40.00 each.. Register here

Sunday, July 31, 10:00am to 1:00pm. Free Art in the Park with Marie- childrens art camp under the banyan tree.  Marie Kolbert is a licensed pre-school teacher in her home country of Sweden, where she has been involved in arts her whole life. All are welcome to attend art camp under the shade of our Banyan tree. 
Sunday, July 31st, 2016, 10 AM- 1 PM. Calligraphy Workshop with Hernan Helfer from the Miami Paper Museum.  Learn traditional strokes and techniques for elegant letter making projects, with the lush botanical garden as your backdrop. Participants will create their personal Monogram. $45 per person ($30 for members)  Purchase tickets here
Every Saturday 10 AM-12 noon. Free Compost Corral- Community drop off time. Save your food scraps (fruit/veggies, eggshells, coffee grounds, organic material) with the intention of contributing to our pile! Join us for weekly compost discussions as we develop a compost community here in Miami Beach. Fall Program:  coming to the garden soon.
Every Saturday-$15 @ 11:30 AM. ---Every Wednesday- $10 @ 12:15 PM. Yoga is on this week! Rain or Shine. Classes will be held INSIDE in the air conditioned Butterfly or Banyan room during the summer.  Chill out with us while overlooking the beautiful garden.  Please bring your own mat for the practice. Free samples of natural bug repellent provided by soulful essence. 

Support Miami Beach Conservancy, Inc., when you shop at Amazon Smile. When you choose this option amazon will donate to the Garden. On your first visit to Amazon Smile you will need to choose to support the charitable organization Miami Beach Conservancy, Inc. before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation to the Garden. 

Canvas Wine Tote

Sip in style at your next  soiree with this divided wine tote. For easy transport of your favorite beverages. 

available at

The Botanical Boutique
Miami Beach Botanical Garden
2000 Convention Center Drive
Store hours:Tues.-Sun. 9 AM-5 PM.

Oil palms
by Andrew Street

What do we know about oil palms? Well, oil palms are collectively a group of palm trees consisting of two separate genus and a large number of speciesthe total number of species changes so regularly, that any quantification (70, 80 or 90) would be obsolete with the next publication. The two genus of oil palms are Attalea of Central and South America and Elaeis—one species being from a similar distribution as Attalea and the other species native to West and Southwest Africa. Both species of Elaeis are good producers of oil, but one species is grown on a massive scale—to the detriment of nature and ultimately us. Continue reading here

  Photo:  Attalea speciosa.  Some seeds can be quite large! All oil palms have oil within the seeds, but certain species have more than others.