Nine horticulture students and Professor Emeritus Bijan Dehgan from UF travelled a great distance from Gainesville to visit the gardens of South Florida this week. The students are studying Public Garden Management, as part of their undergraduate curriculum. After visiting Mounts Botanical Garden the prior day, their first stop in Miami-Dade County was Montgomery, before continuing on to Fairchild, Vizcaya, and The Kampong over two days.

The students spent time with Patrick Griffith, Tracy Magellan, and Chad Husby, learning about MBC’s research and conservation efforts. Dr. Dehgan writes, “Having visited Montgomery with the students in the past I feel as the only research garden it is most appropriate for the student’s field trip.”

Chad states, “Montgomery provided a unique example to the students of how a public garden can be managed to maximize the conservation and scientific value of its living plant collections.”