The Gifford Arboretum sponsors a host of activities during the year including horticultural workshops, plant sales, festivals, and our Annual Picnic and Lecture. Below is a schedule of the events.

If you have any questions about any of the events, please contact us at 305-284-1302. We look forward to seeing you at one of our many events in the future! (For directions to the Arboretum or the Cox Science Center, please reference the "Visits, Directions" portion of our website)

To get to Cox Science Center Room 166, please enter either the front or the back entrance. From the front entrance, cross the Cox Lobby and take a right at the glass doors; down the corridor you will see the meeting room. If you are entering the Cox Science Center from the back entrances (ie. the parking entrances), then please enter through any of the glass doors and take a left down the corridor to the meeting room. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of the Arboretum. We look forward to seeing you there!


We have some great programs and activities lined up for the Fall semester. Please check them out and plan to join us!

Gifford Arboretum Schedule of Events: Spring  2020

Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 7 PM in Whitten Learning Center Room  160

31st Annual Lecturer - Guest Speaker Dr. Pedro Jordano. Register (here)

Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 9 AM - 4 PM in Whitten Learning Center Room 126:

The Mother Nature Symposium Program of this year will be dedicated to “Past, present and future of species interactions” 


9:00-9:30 h Coffee & Cookies


9:30 – 10:00 h - Pedro Jordano (Estación Biologica de Doñana, Spain) - Paleonetworks and the mutualistic ecological services of extinct megafauna


10:00-10:30 – Dennis Hansen (Zoological Museum of the University of Zurich, Switzerland) - Returning giant tortoises to the Caribbean: island megafaunal rewilding lessons from the Indian Ocean


10:30 – 11:00 h – Luisa Genes (Stanford University, USA) – Rewilding the Atlantic forest to restore lost interactions in Atlantic forest fragments


11:00 – 11:30 h - Suzanne Koptur (Florida International University, USA) - Plants and biotic protectors – native and exotic species in natural and human-modified environments


11:30 – 12:00 h - Tomas Carlo (Penn State University, USA) – Birds accelerate restoration in Puerto Rico


12:00 – 12:30 h – Patrick Griffith (Montgomery Botanical Center, USA) – Conservation of Caribbean Palms, on the landscape and in the garden.


12:30 – 14:00 h – Break for Lunch [Lunch will not be provided]*


14:00 -14:30 – Maria Luisa Jorge (Vanderbilt University, USA) – Ecological services provided by white lipped peccaries in a fragmented landscape


14:30 – 15:00 h – Cynthia Silveira (University of Miami, USA) – A view from the sea: Global microbialization of coral reefs


15:00-15:30 h – Mauro Galetti (University of Miami, USA) – The effects of terrestrial defaunation on plants and microbes


*Potential places nearby for Lunch: The Lime, Subway (Food Court)

Gifford Arboretum Schedule of Events: Fall 2019

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 7 PM in Cox Science Center Room 166

Arboretum Meeting featuring a presentation by Craig Morell, Director of the Kampong of the National Tropical Botanical Garden. His topic is: Do, Don't, NEVER, and What Made You Think That Was a Good Idea? Minimal Inputs for Maximum Success in your Garden.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 7 PM in Cox Science Center Room 166:

Arboretum Meeting with speaker and topic to be announced.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 7 PM in Cox Science Center Room 166:

Arboretum Meeting with speaker and topic to be announced.

All Gifford Arboretum events are free and open to the public