- Orchids are the largest family of flowering plants
- There are more than 25,000 documented orchid species throughout the world, and more are being discovered every day
- Although generally thought of as a tropical plant, orchids grow on every continent, in every climate, from the Arctic Circle to the southernmost jungle (except Antarctica)
- The smallest orchid is the size of a dime, while the largest weigh several hundred pounds
- The vanilla orchid (and its vanilla bean) is the only commercially grown orchid crop (Vanilla planifolia)
- Orchids have the tiniest seeds in the world, making them a challenge to grow and cultivate
- There can be up to 3 million seeds in a single orchid seedpod
- It takes patience to grow an orchid - the plant‘s first flowers won‘t appear until at least 5 to 7 years after germination
- Some orchid flowers bloom for mere hours, while others last up to half a year
- Orchid flowers always grow upside down when mature
- Orchid plants can live to be up to 100 years old
- Orchids have become one of the most popular houseplants of all time, recently surpassing even the popularity of African Violets
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. 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, the exhibition is an array of spectacularly colorful and organically shaped glass-blown works by Dale Chihuly. Day admission is free to members and children 5 and under; adults, $20.00; seniors, $15.00 and children 6-17, $10.00. 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.
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.