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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
305-667-1651, ext. 3392
Unique orchids blooming in the Rainforest
FAIRCHILD UNVEILS AN ORCHID ODYSSEY IN THE SIMONS RAINFOREST
Coral Gables, FL, December 30, 2015 – With spectacular colors, intricate shapes, and awe-inspiring patterns, orchids have long been one of Miami’s most beloved flowers. Now, visitors to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden can see an array of these unique plants as part of the Orchid Odyssey exhibition in the Simons Rainforest. The collection comprising numerous species and varieties, including Cattleya, Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, Dendrobium, and Vanda, will be on view now until April 30, 2016.
The exhibition is a partnership between Fairchild and the American Orchid Society, which moved its international headquarters to the Garden in 2012. It was originally founded in 1921 and currently has more than 10,000 members and 600 affiliated international orchid societies. Fairchild’s horticulture team arranged each orchid to complement the colors and plant life of the Simons Rainforest, the only outdoor tropical rainforest in the continental U.S. As guests follow the winding paths, they will encounter meandering streams, cascading waterfalls, ancient ferns, and now a beautiful assortment of vibrant orchids.
Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156 and is open daily from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (festival hours may vary). 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. Eco-discounts and military discounts are available.
For more info, please call 305-667-1651 or visit www.fairchildgarden.org/orchid-odyssey.
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 schoolchildren 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.