Coral Gables, FL, April 2, 2007-More than 10,500 visitors were in orchid paradise this past weekend, March 30, March 31 and April 1 as they walked the flower-filled paths at Fairchild‘s 5th annual International Orchid Festival. More than 40 vendors from around the world displayed orchid species ranging from dendrobiums and onciduims to vandas and more. "The display of orchids is just spectacular. This is one of my favorite events of the year!" exclaimed one visitor.
One of the highlights of the festival was the Orchid Display in the Garden House where the world‘s finest orchid growers‘ plants were awarded ribbons and trophies from the American Orchid Society. Throughout the weekend, visitors also enjoyed walking tours of the garden, lectures, great live music and, of course, the Chihuly at Fairchild blown-glass exhibition. "We are so pleased with the community‘s wonderful support of this weekend‘s event," said Mike Maunder, Executive Director of Fairchild. "We feel fortunate to be able to host this festival each year and inspire people to learn more about orchids and maybe even take a few home with them." All proceeds from the Orchid Festival help support Fairchild‘s tropical plant programs for research, conservation and education.
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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. It is one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation. Currently Fairchild has field programs in over 20 countries including support to protected areas in Madagascar and botanic garden development and renovation projects in South and Central America, the Caribbean and Middle East. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden houses the National Palm Collection as recognized by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), has the world‘s greatest living collection of palms and cycads; an education program reaching more than 26,000 school children per year; hosts popular events like the International Mango and Orchid Festivals, the Ramble, concerts, affiliated plant society shows and sales and more; and, is a not-for-profit organization relying on the support of its 36,000 members and benefactors. We host major art events such as Chihuly at Fairchild in 2005 and 2006. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida 33156. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for Children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. For more information, please visit www.fairchildgarden.org.