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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden gets $4 million cultural donation from philanthropic partners

BY ANDRES VIGLUCCI, aviglucci@MiamiHerald.com

A pair of philanthropic New Yorkers with a part-time residence in Miami Beach have given $4 million to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for a new cultural facility that will allow the famed horticultural center to expand its fruitful forays into live music and big-name art presentations.

The gift from partners Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan represents a significant boost to the garden’s efforts over the past several years to increase attendance, membership and attention by branching out well beyond its traditional horticultural offerings into education and the arts.

It will finance construction of a 3,000-square-foot, multi-purpose building and provide for the new center’s upkeep, Fairchild officials say. The new building, which will bear the donors’ names, will be erected next to the visitors’ center at the nonprofit garden’s main entrance off Old Cutler Road in Coral Gables.

“Botanical gardens all over the world understand that to be a beautiful green space is not enough,’’ said Rose, who is also on the board of the New York Botanical Garden. “The thing that really grabbed us was the notion that you might come to Fairchild because it’s sort of a park, but you might stay because of something else — that you might come for a gardening class and discover chamber music or an art show.’’

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