Exotic Colors and Shapes Reigned at
Fairchild’s 8th Annual International Orchid Festival This Weekend!
Coral Gables, FL, March 19, 2010—More than 7,500 visitors were in orchid paradise this past weekend, March 12-14, as they walked the flower-filled paths at Fairchild’s 8th annual International Orchid Festival. More than 50 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. Visitors also had a chance to buy a signed copy of the newly published Growing Orchids in South Florida by Fairchild staff writer and award winning orchid cultivator, Georgia Tasker. Throughout the weekend, visitors enjoyed walking tours of the garden, lectures and great live music. “We are so pleased with the community’s wonderful support of this weekend’s event,” said Carl Lewis, 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 Africa and botanic garden development and renovation projects in South and Central America, the Caribbean and Middle East. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden houses palm and cycad collections that are nationally 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 52,000 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 45,000 members and benefactors. Fairchild hosts major art events such as Yayoi Kusama at Fairchild this year, Mark di Suvero, Fernando Botero, Dale Chihuly and Kris Martin at Fairchild in 2008, Botero, Lichtenstein and Chihuly at Fairchild in 2007 and Chihuly at Fairchild in 2005 and 2006. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida 33156, just a thirty minute drive from South Beach. 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 and Twitter.