15th Annual International Orchid Festival

15th Annual International Orchid Festival

When: Friday, March 10, 2017 9:30 AM to Sunday, March 12, 2017 5:30 PM

Celebrating the Million Orchid Project

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 during the three-day festival.

View the full festival program!

What to Do All Weekend!

Friday March 10

Lectures - Science Village
10:00 a.m. - Introduction to Orchid Culture, Jim Davison, President, Orchid Society of Coral Gables; AOS
11:00 a.m. - How to Grow Paphipedilums (Lady Slippers), Larry Cox, Paphiopedilum Specialist 
12:00 a.m. - Mediums, Fertilizer and Chemicals for Orchids, Sandi Jones, Owner, Broward Orchid Supply;Curator, Bonnet House
1:00 p.m. - How to Photograph Orchids, Dr. Phil Sidran, Hobby Photographer
2:00 p.m. - Introduction to Orchid Culture, Jill Sidran, Ph.D., AOS Judging Chairperson, Florida-Caribbean Judging Center 

Saturday March 11

Lectures - Corbin A 
11:00 a.m. - Advanced Orchid Culture and Mounting, Jim Davison, President, Orchid Society of Coral Gables; AOS 
12:00 p.m. - Introduction to Orchid Culture, Sandi Jones, Owner, Broward Orchid Society; Curator, Bonnet House
1:00 p.m. - The Million Orchid Project, Jason Downing, Ph.D., Fairchild
2:00 p.m. - Introduccion al Cultivo de Orquideas, Alex Lamazares, Orchid Manian 

Sunday March 12

Lectures - Corbin Classroom A
10:00 a.m. - Mediums, Fertilizers and Chemicals for Orchids, Sandi Jones, Owner, Broward Orchid Supply; Curator, Bonnet House
11:00 a.m. - Introduction to Orchid Culture, Martin Motes, AOS Judge
12:00 p.m. - Vanda Care, Martin Motes, AOS Judge
1:00 p.m. - Introduccion al Cultivo, Alex Lamazares, OrchidMania
2:00 p.m. - Advanced Orchid Culture and Mounting, Jim Davison, President, Orchid Society of Coral Gables; AOS

All Weekend! 

American Orchid Society Juried Show and Exhibition -  Garden House
Presented by the Orchid Society of Coral Gables
Marvel at dazzling displays and award-winning orchids.

The Million Orchid Project STEMLab - Cycad Circle
Get a hands-on glimpse of our state-of-the-art fully functioning mobile lab connecting students with the science of the Million Orchid Project. 

Hsaio Labs - Million Orchid Project Lab - Science Village
Learn about the Million Orchid Project and how Fairchild is cultivating one million rare and native orchids to be reintroduced into South Florida habitats. 

OrKids - Family Fun! 
The whole family can learn about the diversity of plant-animal pollination through fun, interactive, hands-on activities. Learn how plants have evolved to attract, sometimes even trick, and ulitmately 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 Orchid Tea Room  - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
Baobab Tree at the Gate House
Enjoy delicious tea service with all of the classic savories, sweets and specialty blended teas. 
Walk-ins welcome, to reserve your table in advance call 305.663.8059
Cost per person after admission - $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for children 12 and under.

Drop off your newly purchased orchids at the OrchidMania tent and they'll pot them for you while you shop! All proceeds benefit local AIDS organizations. 


Orchid Vendors
B.L. Orchids, Carib Plants, Dan and Margie Orchids, EFG Orchids, Greenhouse Orchids, Hamlyn Orchids, Krull Smith, Mac's Orchids, Odom's Orchids, Orchids in Bloom, PCK Orchids, Plantio La Orquidea, Quest Orchids, Ritter Tropic 1 Orchids, Smiley Orchids, So Orchids, Soroa Orchids, Springwater Orchids, Stelmar Gardens 

Garden Vendors
A Touch of Ecuador, a May Sing Imports/RISIS, Andre Art Glass, Anhinga Clay Studios, Atizana Inspired, BACTRA, Bee My Honey, BirdsSquirrelsN.com, Broward Orchid Supply, Candles By Fatima, Crushable Seagrass Hats, Emilio Robba, Gardens Gone Wire, Gloria Janell, Lakonia Greek Products, Maddie's Hatbox, OFE Orchid Supplies, Orchid Treasures

Food Vendors
Casa Paella, Cinnamon Horn Rolls, CrepeMaker, Dutch Magic Enterprises, Forno Italiano Pizza Catering, Gerbaud Bakery, Greek Food, Karts of All Kinds, M&R Caribbean Conch, Native Conch, Victoria's Flavors Unlimited

American Orchid Society, Baptist Health South Florida, Everglades National Park, Orchid Society of Coral Gables, OrchidMania South Florida

Admission Pricing

The Orchid Festival is included with the price of admission to the Garden. 

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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Convert Your Admission toward a Fairchild Membership.

We're sure you'll enjoy the Orchid Festival and your visit to the Garden, so we've made it easy for you to apply the price of your admission toward a membership on the day of your visit. Any of our friendly admission personnel can assist you during your visit. 

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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.