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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

A World of Orchids at Fairchild's Orchid Festival

Journey through a world of orchids at the 15th Annual International Orchid Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, where more than 10,000 orchid plants will grace the Garden. The three-day festival takes place on Friday, March 10 – Sunday, March 12, from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Vanilla Orchid
Begin your day by taking a stroll through the Orchid Odyssey exhibit in the Rainforest, where Cattleya, Phalaenopsis, Onciudium, and other orchid species adorn the trees and ground. Did you know vanilla comes from orchids? Check out the vanilla orchid vine growing in our Tropical Fruit Pavilion. Remember to check out the award-winning dazzling displays presented by the Orchid Society of Coral Gables and judged by the American Orchid Society, who will determine which plants rank best in show this year.

The 15th anniversary of the Orchid Festival will be highlighting the Million Orchid Project, an effort to grow one million native and endangered orchids. An exciting new addition to the project is the Fairchild STEMLab, a mobile tissue culture lab in partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools. University of Miami School of Architecture’s Design/Build students constructed the lab inside of a decommissioned school bus and it will be on view throughout the festival at Cycad Circle. It has been travelling school to school giving students the opportunity to propagate their own orchids and joining in on the environmental restoration effort since September 2016. In addition, horticulturists and orchid specialists will present gardening demonstrations to show the best methods for growing and caring for orchids, and the OrKids tent for children will have interactive activities demonstrating plant-animal interactions.

After browsing through the orchid exhibit, stroll through Fairchild’s 83 acres and discover exhibits like the Palmetum, Vine Pergola, and Wings of the Tropics indoor exotic butterfly conservatory. Be sure to visit the Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan Arts Center to view “Landscape Photography” a series landscape photography artworks from around the world, on loan by the Martin Z. Margulies Collection. 

The Glasshouse Café and Lakeside Café will be closed but there will be plenty of food options available during the festival. Tea and sweet and savory snacks will be served at the Orchid Tea Garden in the Baobab Courtyard, local vendors and food trucks will serve their favorite dishes

Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road.

For more info, please visit fairchildgarden.org/orchid or call 305-667-1651.

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