On Monday, July 16th, one of the FIU Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center Haitian Summer Institute sessions was held at the Fairchild Botanical Tropical Garden in Miami. The Haitian Summer Institute at FIU is a Creole learning intensive program co-led by LACC Associate Director Liesl Picard and Modern Languages Creole Coordinator Nicolas Andre. Students of the Haitian Summer Institute (HSI) are mostly graduate students from different US-based universities, and sometimes from universities in other countries. The visit at the Tropical Garden has turned out to be a fun, informative learning experience. First students were treated with a guided tour by FIU-Fairchild graduate student Jonathan Flickinger. The tour purpose was to acknowledge and learn about Haitian plants grown in the Garden living collections. From the many comments the students wrote about this tour, it was a memorable experience that made them see Haiti through its flora. Following the tour, HSI students attended a talk for over an hour delivered by Haitian Agronomist and Mangos’ expert Philippe Matthieu in the Science Village Classroom.
Haitian Agronomist Philippe Matthieu delivering a talk on Haitian mangos in the
Science Village Classroom.
Students in the Montgomery Palmetum near the baobab tree planted by
David Fairchild during the inauguration of the Garden in 1938.
Students Ayanna J. Legros and Rebekah Antoine.