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17th Annual International Mango Festival this weekend!

JULY 11 and 12, 2009 – time for one of my favorite events of the summer. The annual Mango Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Just writing about it brings visions of all kinds of colorful and delicious, mangos from around the world. There are mango tastings, mango brunch (already sold out!), mango smoothies, cream puffs, wonderful new recipes and the delightfully entertaining, Mango auction  hosted by Dr. Richard J. Campbell, Senior Curator of Tropical Fruit. All guaranteed to make you forget how hot and humid Miami can be at this time of year and remember how amazing it is to experience this incredibly magical 83 acre tropical garden!
I’ll be there Sunday morning, helping out in Mango Tree Sales (unless they sell out on Saturday!)

To further celebrate my favorite festival, MANGO BLUE Tote Bag is on SALE for the rest of JULY! Order yours today and save 30% off the regular price. 

photo: Paul Andre Photography. model: Diane Mooney

Survey for monthly giveaway: totebag or art?

I’m putting together a new monthly special and would like your opinion.
What would you prefer to win in a monthly giveaway:
a new Nature’s Energy Cortese Design Tote Bag, or an artwork of a comparable value?
List your choice in the comments section below.
I’ll post the results as they come in and plan to have this promo running before the end of July!

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My Bromeliad photo on Schmap Miami Guide

and, on Bromeliad Society Tee Shirts

from Schmap Editor:

Hi Debra,

I am delighted to let you know that your submitted photo
has been selected for inclusion in the newly released
seventh edition of our Schmap Miami Guide:

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Bromeliad, Aechmea ‘Blue Tango’
photo by Debra Cortese

Best regards,

Emma Williams,
Managing Editor, Schmap Guides

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