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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

13th annual Orchid Festival at Fairchild

Beautiful, fragrant, and rare orchids will cover the lush landscape of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for the three-day International Orchid Festival, held Friday, March 13 - Sunday, March 15 from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm each day.


More than 10,000 orchids and plants will be on view and available for purchase throughout the Garden. Stop by the Science Village to watch interactive demonstrations of the Million Orchid Project, which aims to reintroduce one million native and endangered orchids back into South Florida. Presented by the Orchid Society of Coral Gables, the breathtaking 
displays of rare and exotic orchid species at the American Orchid 
Society juried show are a must-see.

Walk through the Wings of the Tropics butterfly conservatory, Tropical Fruit Pavilion, and Rainforest to see the diversity of orchid species, including the fragrant cattleya, and the environments they grow in. Get an in-depth look at the best ways to care for orchids of all kinds with interactive gardening workshops and walking tours.

The festival welcomes everyone, from orchid enthusiasts to those who wish to spend a weekend surrounded by nature. Marvel at the elegant glass installations on view by artist Dale Chihuly, part of the 2014-15 Art at Fairchild season. For dining, the Orchid Tea Garden
in the Baobab Courtyard is open from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. and is a great place to relax with a cup of tea and a bite to eat. Food is available in the Glasshouse Café, Lakeside Café, and Edible Garden.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. Admission is free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under. For nonmembers,admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, and $12 for children 6-17. Eco-discounts and military discounts are available.

For more information, please visit the International Orchid Festival 
webpage here.

About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Established in 1938 and comprising 83 acres in Miami, Fla., Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. 
The world-renowned plant collections feature palms, cycads, orchids, tropical fruit trees and more. Fairchild has the largest education program of any metropolitan area, reaching more than 200,000 school children each year with environmental programs like The Fairchild 
Challenge. It aims to inspire a greater knowledge and love for plants and gardening so that all can enjoy the beauty and bounty of the tropical world. Special events include Chocolate, Mango, and Orchid Festivals in addition to an annual art exhibition, concerts, plant sales 
and more. 

For more info, call 305-667-1651 or visit  www.fairchildgarden.org

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