CLIENT: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

I was approached by Carolann Baldyga and Gillian Drake of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's Education Division in 1997 to volunteer as the designer for an innovative project at the Coral Gables campus to create explanatory graphics. Up to this point the garden had never displayed as much as a common plant name on a placard and lacked any navigational graphics. 

We developed the seven panels below which were installed in the lowlands of the garden in 1997. The project was successful enough that I was invited to create the first display map of the garden for the visitor center (last image). Scrapping hand-drawn sources that proved to be inaccurate, I created this new map from images tiled together from the Microsoft TerraServer website in 1998.

Today the Keys Coastal Habitat area remains but the focus on butterflies has shifted to a multi-million-dollar purpose-built hangar, 'Wings over Florida.'

I was invited to create the first display map of the garden for the visitor center (below). Scrapping hand-drawn sources that proved to be inaccurate, I created this new map from images tiled together from the Microsoft TerraServer website in 1998.

After 20 years and several hurricanes, the explanatory graphics have yellowed but are still on display.

Fairchild Garden's first map

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