Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Presents Seventh Annual International Orchid Festival in March
Coral Gables, FL, February 19, 2009-Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is excited to announce the International Orchid Festival taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 13, 14 & 15, 2009, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Festival will feature and over 10,000 orchid plants and more than 50 orchid growers from around the world who will exhibit the plant‘s magnificent diversity-sure to delight the orchid enthusiast and those new to the spectacular world of orchids. The Orchid Society of Coral Gables will again grace the Garden House with an American Orchid Society (AOS) juried show displaying orchids for visitors to marvel at throughout the weekend. The Orchid Society of Coral Gables will also provide advice and tips on growing orchids at the Get Growing booth on the Garden House lawn.
New this year is the Orchid Tea Room for an energizing spot of tea and dessert. As always, the International Orchid Festival will include educational lectures, walking tours, live music and great food!
Amidst the exotic colors and shapes of orchids, guests will also have the opportunity to see Art at Fairchild featuring the monumental sculptures of Mark di Suvero, Fernando Botero, Dale Chihuly and Kris Martin.
About the International Orchid Festival
The International Orchid Festival is in its seventh year and will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 13-15, 2009, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free to members and children 5 and under; adults, $20 seniors, $15 and children 6-17, $10. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, Florida. Additional information about the International Orchid Festival may be found at www.fairchildgarden.org.
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 Africa 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 50,000 school children per year; hosts popular events like the International Chocolate Festival, International Mango Festival and International Orchid Festival, the Ramble, concerts, affiliated plant society shows and sales and more; and, is a not-for-profit organization relying on the support of its 40,000 members and benefactors. Fairchild hosts major art events such as Mark di Suvero, Fernando Botero, Dale Chihuly and Kris Martin at Fairchild this year, Botero, Lichtenstein and Chihuly at Fairchild in 2008 and 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 us at www.fairchildgarden.org and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fairchild-Tropical-Botanic-Garden/21557931711.