Sunday, February 28, 2016



Media contact: Brooke LeMaire
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
305-667-1651, ext. 3392

Beautiful orchids at Fairchild’s International Orchid Festival




Coral Gables, FL, February 29, 2016 – Journey through a world of orchids at the 14th Annual International Orchid Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, where more than 10,000 orchid plants will grace the Garden. The three-day festival is Friday, March 11 – Sunday, March 13 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Start the day with a sunny walk through the new Orchid Odyssey exhibit in the Rainforest, where Cattleya, Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, and more adorn the trees and the ground in a pinwheel of colors. Did you know vanilla comes from orchids? Check out the vanilla orchid vine growing in the Tropical Fruit Pavilion. Be sure to see the awe-inspiring, larger-than-life orchid 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.


In an effort to grow one million native and endangered orchids as part of the Million Orchid Project conservation initiative, Fairchild will unveil its new STEMLab, a mobile tissue culture lab in partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, on Friday, March 11 at 9:00 a.m. University of Miami School of Architecture’s Design/Build students constructed the lab inside of a decommissioned school bus. It will be on view throughout the festival and will soon travel from school to school giving students the opportunity to propagate their own orchids, lending to an important environmental restoration effort.


The Orchid Festival will also feature the inauguration of the American Orchid Society Library and Rare Book Exhibit. The beautiful library features 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.


In addition, expert horticulturists will present gardening demos 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 orchids, take a stroll through Fairchild’s 83 acres and discover exhibits like the Palmetum, Vine Pergola, and Wings of the Tropics butterfly conservatory. Be sure to visit the Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan Arts Center to view “Preserving Eden,” a natural Florida photography exhibition by Clyde Butcher.


Plenty of food options will be 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, and the Glasshouse Café and Lakeside Café will be open.


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, Coral Gables, FL 33156.


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


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.



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