14th Annual International Orchid Festival

Immerse yourself within the world of orchids with over 10,000 orchid plants from local and international vendors. Learn about growing and caring for orchids at home, pick up handmade products from artisan vendors, enjoy delicious foods from local vendors or marvel at the rare orchid species in the American Orchid Society juried show, presented by the Orchid Society of Coral Gables. 

Friday, March 11—9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 12—9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 13—9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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Free for Fairchild Members
Adults: $25
Seniors (age 65 and up): $18
Children (ages 6-17): $12
Free for children 5 and younger

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What to Do All Weekend!

Orchid Odyssey 

While strolling the Garden, be sure to experience the beautiful Orchid Odyssey in the Rainforest exhibit, a truly tropical display of rare orchids, in the widest variety of species and colors you'll find anywhere. The Simons Rainforest features a colorwheel of beautiful orchids from around the world. Over two acres of rainforest and orchids in a beautiful display of nature's magic.

Take the Orchid Odyssey Journey through these stops: 

Orchid Plaza, Simons Rainforest – enjoy interactive discussions on the natural history of orchids and growing tips. 
The Tropical Fruit Pavilion– take a journey through the beautiful and aromatic world of the vanilla orchid. 
Hsiao Labs, Science Village– learn about the Million Orchid Project and how Fairchild is cultivating rare native orchids to be  reintroduced into South Florida habitats
Orchid Society of Coral Gables Juried Show - Marvel at more than 30 tabletop orchid displays put together by the Orchid Society of Coral Gables

OrKids – Fun for the Whole Family! 

The whole family can learn about the diversity of plant-animal pollination through fun, interactive, hands-on activities and lectures. Learn how plants have evolved to attract, sometimes even trick, and ultimately reward, their pollinators. Do the “bee waggle” to let other bees in your hive know where the flowers are, then create a mask of your favorite pollinator!

The Million Orchid Project STEMLab Near Cycad Circle

Get a first glimpse at our state-of-the-art, fully functioning mobile lab connecting students with the science of The Million Orchid Project and take home a miniature propagation kit and become a Fairchild citizen scientist (while supplies last

The Grand Opening of The American Orchid Society Library Collection at Fairchild

Featuring a wall-to-wall collection of orchid books as well as rare books, some more than 150 years old. The AOS Library is on permanent exhibit at Fairchild as part of the partnership between Fairchild and the venerable orchid association.

The Million Orchid Project Labs 

Take a tour of the labs and learn firsthand the process of reintroducing rare, native orchids back into our communities. 

Wings of the Tropics 

Visit the Clinton Family Conservatory featuring the Wings of the Tropics exhibit to enjoy thousands of exotic butterflies along with hummingbirds, fish and some of the world's most beautiful rare plants. You will see the famous blue morpho butterflies, bamboo page butterflies, leopard lacewing butterflies and hummingbirds hovering overhead. There are butterfly releases twice daily, where kids of all ages will have a chance to experience these winged wonders up close.

There's plenty to do at the Orchid Festival!

Orchid Vendors

Amazonia Orchids
B.L. Orchids
Carib Plants, Inc.
Dan & Margie Orchids
EFG Orchids
Greenhouse Orchids
Hamlyn Orchids 
Krull Smith 
Mac's Orchids
Motes Orchids
Odom's Orchids Inc
Orquidiario Cerro Verde
PCK Orchids
Pelican Coast Farms
Plantio La Orquidea
Quest Orchids
Rio Orchids
Ritter Tropic 1 Orchids
So Orchids
Soroa Orchids, Inc. 
Springwater Orchids
Stelmar Gardens Inc. 
Water Orchids Nursery

Garden Vendors 

Andre Art Glass
Angie's Vanilla
Astoria Designs
Atizana Inspired
BACTRA Plant Stands
Bee My Honey
Candles by Fatima
Crushable Seagrass Hats
Gardens Gone Wire
Gloria Janell
In Your Face Delights
Lakonia Greek Products
Market Baskets & Hats
OFE Orchid Supplies
Orchid Treasures
Tastefull Cakes by Tara


American Orchid Society
Everglades National Park
Mark Diamond
OrchidMania South Florida
Orchid Society of Coral Gables
The Coalition of Orchid Species

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Friday, March 11

 Lectures in Corbin Building, Classroom A

12:00 p.m.  Intro to Orchid Culture
Sandy Jones, Broward Orchid Supply
 1:00 p.m.  Intro to Orchid Culture
Larry Cox
 2:00 p.m.  Intro to Orchid Culture
Jill Sidran, AOS Judge
 3:00 p.m.  Intro to Orchid Culture
Dr. Martin Motes, Motes Orchids

Lectures in the Rain Forest

 2:00 p.m.  Join Georgia Tasker for an expert-led walking tour

    through the Rain Forest. (Followed by a book signing)

Saturday, March 12 

Lectures in Corbin Building, Classroom A

11:00 a.m.  Orchid Medium, Fertilizers, Fungicides
Carlos Cahiz, OFE Orchid Supply
12:00 p.m.  Advanced Orchid Culture, Mounting
Jim Davison, VP., AOS Judge
 1:00 p.m.  The MiIlion Orchid Project
Dr. Carl Lewis, Director, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
 2:00 p.m.  Intro to Orchid Culture
Betty Eber
 3:00 p.m.  Cultivo de Orquideas
Alex Lamazares, OrchidMania

Lectures in the Rain Forest

  2:00 p.m.  Join Georgia Tasker for an expert-led walking tour

  through the Rain Forest. (Followed by a book signing)


Sunday March 13 

 Lectures in Corbin Building, Classroom A

11:00 a.m.  Intro to Orchid Culture
Melana Davison, Pres., OSG, AOS Judge
12:00 p.m.  Advanced Orchid Culture
Jim Davison, VP., OSCG, AOS Judge
 1 p.m.  The Million Orchid Project
Dr. Carl Lewis, Director, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
 2 p.m.  Cultivo de Orquideas
Alex Lamazares, OrchidMania
 3.p.m.  Intro to Orchid Culture 
 Sandi Jones, Broward Orchid Supply 

Lectures in the Rain Forest

 2:00 p.m.  Join Georgia Tasker for an expert-led walking tour

    through the Rain Forest. (Followed by a book signing)

There's plenty to eat during the Orchid Festival!

Food Vendors

Casa Paella
Dutch Magic Enterprises
Flip's Country Kettle Corn
Gerbaud Bakery
Greek Food
M & R Caribbean Conch
Victoria's Flavors

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Travel Information

Fairchild is located in Coral Gables, Florida, about 10 miles south of Miami International Airport; detailed driving directions can be found here. Nearby hotels include Hotel Indigo (call hotel for discounted rate and shuttle service offered to Fairchild guests); Sonesta Coconut GroveThe Biltmore Hotel; and the Miami Marriott Dadeland.


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Note: To ensure the safety of our guests, there will be no tram tours during this event.