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the Life of David Grandison Fairchild


Every day, in addition to starting my mornings off with meditation, visualization, Qi Gong and Yoga I also dedicate an hour to exploring the lives of great visionaries – people with a clear, distinctive, and specific vision of the future. These individuals are usually connected with advances in wisdom, knowledge, technology, or social/political arrangements including philanthropy.


I explore the lives and accomplishments of these individuals, and recommend it to my clients and students, for by exploring these lives of greatness, I see possibilities that I did not or could not see before. In addition, through the stories of the lives of visionaries their lives I can learn tips, techniques, and strategies for transcending challenges and obstacles in my own life journey. I have been researching visionaries for over 30 years. It is an amazing experience to observe how many of these extraordinary individuals can simply imagine what does not yet exist but might someday and then watch their vision become reality. Examples are Buckminster Fuller in architecture designMalcolm Bricklin in the automobile industry, Ada Lovelace in computing, and my friend Janice Latham in educating young women in developing nations.

Some people use mathematics to make visionary discoveries concerning the nature of the universe. In that sense, a visionary may also function as a secular prophet. Some visionaries emphasize communication, and some assume a figurehead role in organizing a social movement. In other words, a visionary means that a person can see what something could be long before it actually happens.

I have come to realize that many of these visionaries used game-based thinking and models presently used in game theory to develop their ideas and bring them to fruition; ideas tied to probabilities such as black swan theory, tipping points, butterfly effect, and tipping points.

In future blogs I will share the work of these visionaries so you can be inspired and perhaps motivated to act on your own visions.

Today I want to share the life of David Grandison Fairchild with you.  Fairchild (April 7, 1869 – August 6, 1954) was an American botanist and plant explorer. He was responsible for the introduction of more than 200,000 exotic plants and varieties of established crops into the United States, including soybeans, pistachios, mangos, nectarines, dates, bamboos, and flowering cherries. Certain varieties of wheat, cotton, and rice became especially economically important through his explorations.

Barbour Lathrop, a wealthy world traveler, persuaded Fairchild to become a plant explorer for the US Department of Agriculture. Lathrop and another wealthy patron, Allison Armour, financed some of Fairchild’s many explorations for new plants to be introduced into the U.S. Fairchild was the author of a number of popular books on his plant collecting expeditions. Of those early travels, Fairchild wrote, “I am glad that I saw a few of the quiet places of the world before the coming of automobiles …”.

For many years Fairchild managed the Office of Seed and Plant Introduction of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. One accomplishment was to help introduce the cherry trees from Japan to Washington: He is also credited with introducing kale, quinoa and avocados to Americans. In 1898 he established the introduction garden for tropical plants in Miami, Florida.In 1905 he married Marian, younger daughter of Alexander Graham Bell. Fairchild was a member of the board of trustees of the National Geographic Society, and an officer in what is now called the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

In 1926, the Fairchilds built a home on an 8-acre (32,000 m2) parcel on Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove, Florida. They named it “The Kampong”, after similar family compounds in Java, Indonesia, where Fairchild had spent so many happy days collecting plants. He covered this property with an extraordinary collection of rare tropical trees and plants and eventually wrote a book about the place, entitled “The World Grows Round my Door”. In 1984, The Kampong became part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden. In 1938, he was honored by having the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables named after him.

Fairchild wrote four books that describe his extensive world travels and his work introducing new plant species to the United States. Besides sharing his legendary tropical botanical expertise, Fairchild provided graphic accounts of native cultures he was able to see before their modernization. He was an accomplished photographer and illustrated these books himself.

  • The World Was My Garden: Travels of a Plant Explorer. (New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1938)
  • Garden Islands of the Great East: Collecting Seeds from the Philippines and Netherlands India in the Junk ‘Chêng ho. (New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1943)
  • The World Grows Round My Door; The Story of The Kampong, a Home on The Edge of the Tropics. (New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1947)
  • Exploring for Plants. (New York: Macmillan, 1930).

The World Was My Garden won a National Book Award as the Bookseller Discovery of 1938, voted by members of the American Booksellers Association. The Discovery was “the most deserving book which failed to receive adequate sales and recognition”.[14]

In addition Fairchild and his wife Marian wrote an early book on macro photography of insects titled Book of Monsters (Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 1914). Fairchild also wrote numerous monographs about plants, plant exploring, and the transportation and cultivation of new plants in the United States.



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