Fairchild is very pleased to announce that the venerable 90-year old American Orchid Society (AOS) in Palm Beach County, known for its passion for orchids and global leadership, is moving its international headquarters to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. With our shared commitment to conservation, education and research, we are joining forces to ensure the perpetuation and appreciation of orchids in North America and throughout the world.
“The AOS‘ move and strategic partnership with Fairchild Garden will move the North American center for education and tourism regarding orchids to Miami-Dade County,” said Bruce Greer, President of the Board of Trustees at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. “We are especially excited about the educational and research opportunities on one campus in Fairchild’s soon-to-be-completed Science Village.” In partnership with the AOS, Fairchild Garden’s annual international Orchid Festival, will expand and be greatly enhanced.
The AOS outstanding collection of rare orchids will be used for teaching and will be displayed in the Garden’s new 12,500-square foot Clinton Family Conservatory as part of the DiMare Science Village scheduled to open December 2012. Both groups will remain independent and autonomous, fulfilling their own missions, sharing administrative space in Fairchild Garden’s corporate offices.
Visitors will have more orchids than ever to enjoy at Fairchild.
The enthusiasm for orchids, the largest family of flowering plants, kindled in the 18th Century and has never waned. The AOS, which also promotes excellence in orchid culture and hybridization through its esteemed awards system, will bring to Fairchild Garden its more than 15,000 varieties of orchids and continue to publish its monthly magazine, Orchids. Fairchild members will have the opportunity to learn more about the vast orchid family throughAOS-sponsored seminars and classes.
Founded in 1921, the AOS has more than 10,000 members and 600 affiliated orchid societies around the world, with several of those societies located in the South Florida region. The Society moved to Florida from Massachusetts in 1984. For more information, visit www.aos.org.