Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Presents It’s Fifth Annual International Orchid Festival

Sunday, March 25, 2007

 Coral Gables, FL, March 26, 2007-Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is excited to announce the International Orchid Festival taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 30-April 1, 2007, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For the fifth year in a row, orchid vendors will open up for a special pre-sale of their amazing orchids during Thursday, March 29 Chihuly Night from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

 The Festival will feature nearly 40 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. In addition, there will be educational lectures, walking tours and live music including Polynesian music, hula dancers and fire dancers.

 Amidst the exotic colors and shapes of orchids, guests will also have the opportunity to see the Chihuly at Fairchild exhibition.  Installed among Fairchild‘s plant collections and within the Windows to the Tropics Conservatory and Whitman Fruit Pavilion, the exhibition is an array of spectacularly colorful and organically shaped glass-blown works by Dale Chihuly.

 Here is a list of highlighted events this year:

 Friday, March 30, 2007

10:30 a.m.        Walking Tour of Fairchild‘s Collections, Paula Hamelik

 Departs from Visitor Center.

11:00 a.m.        Intro to Orchid Culture, Jill Sidran, Corbin Building

11:30 a.m.        Walking Tour of Fairchild‘s Collections, Paula Hamelik

 Departs from Visitor Center.

11:30 a.m.        Tour of the Whitman Tropical Fruit Pavilion.

1:00 p.m.          Intro to Orchid Culture, Mirta Heinema, Corbin Building

1:30 p.m.          Walking Tour of Fairchild‘s Collections, Elizabeth McQuale

Departs from Garden Cafe.

2:00 p.m.          Intro to Orchid Culture, Ernie Barham, Corbin Building

2:30 p.m.          Walking Tour of Fairchild‘s Collections, Elizabeth McQuale

Departs from Garden Cafe.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

10:00 a.m.        Butterflies and Their Host Plants Walking Tour, Tom Brown

 Departs from Visitor Center.

11:00 a.m.        Orchid Culture, Betty Eber, Corbin Building

11:30 a.m.        Tour of the Whitman Tropical Fruit Pavilion.

1:00 p.m.          Repotting and Orchid Care, Alex Lamazares, Corbin Building

2:00 p.m.          RF Orchids; Orchids in the Landscape, Mike Coronado, Corbin Building

2:00 p.m.          Tour of the Whitman Tropical Fruit Pavilion

Sunday, April 1, 2007

10:00 a.m.        Butterflies and Their Host Plants Walking Tour, Linda Evans

 Departs from Visitor Center.

11:00 a.m.        Intro to Orchid Culture, Martin Motes, Ph.D., Motes Orchids

Corbin Building

11:30 a.m.        Tour of the Whitman Tropical Fruit Pavilion.

12:30 p.m.        Polynesian music and dancing. Come and learn how to hula dance!

Garden House Lawn

1:00 p.m.          Orchid Diseases and their Control, Robert McMillan, Ph.D.,

Kerry‘s Bromeliads Corbin Building

 About the International Orchid Festival

The International Orchid Festival will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 30-April 1, 2006, 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 or by calling 305-667-1651. 

 About Chihuly at Fairchild

The Chihuly exhibition, which is expected to host more than 300,000 visitors, has made an unprecedented return to Fairchild with a new and expanded installation of his colorful blown glass art. The pieces, with their unique shapes and brilliant colors, will encompass a majority of Fairchild‘s uplands, including the palmetum, arboretum and its two conservatories. The Sun Tower, located at the overlook and the Neon Tower in the lowlands are just two of the new, spectacular must-sees at this year‘s exhibition.

 Fairchild will also display sculptures by internationally-acclaimed artists Franz West, Mark Dion, Joshua Levine, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Michele Oka Doner and Daisy Youngblood, Françoise Xavier Lalanne as well as works by Wendy Wischer and the advanced sculpture students from Miami‘s New World School of the Arts. The exhibition opened during the famous international art show, Art Basel Miami Beach, as part of Fairchild‘s annual exhibition series, Art & Flowers. 

 Chihuly at Fairchild takes place from December 9, 2006, through May 31, 2007, at 10901 Old Cutler Road in Coral Gables.  Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens, $10 for children ages six to 17, and free for children five and under and for Fairchild members. Tickets may be purchased at www.fairchildgarden.org

 About Fairchild

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. It is one of the premier research and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in conservation. Fairchild has the world‘s greatest living collection of palms; an education program reaching more than 25,000 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 30,000 members and benefactors. 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.

 

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