Join Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in celebrating all things Orchidaceae – better known as the beloved orchid plant – at the 11th Annual International Orchid Festival. For three days, guests can immerse themselves in a tropical landscape brimming with orchids. The festival is Friday, March 8 – Sunday, March 10, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Browse more than 10,000 orchid plants on sale from international vendors and learn how to care for them at the gardening workshops and lectures. Travel through the Rainforest to see where orchids originate from and how they grow. Enjoy delicious teas and savory snacks at the Orchid Tea Room, open Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. For a truly spectacular sight, visit the Garden House and marvel at the orchid displays presented by the Orchid Society of Coral Gables and juried by the American Orchid Society. Children can learn about how vanilla is made from vanilla orchids at the fun and educational OrKids section. The Garden House Lawn will be filled with food vendors and live music.
Don’t forget to visit the new Wings of the Tropics butterfly exhibit in the Clinton Family Conservatory at the Science Village. Also on view are this season’s art installations, including John Chamberlain’s aluminum sculptures, the Sitting Naturally benches, and the Chapungu sculptures from the Shona tribe of Zimbabwe.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. Admission to the International Orchid Festival is free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under. For nonmembers, admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, and $12 for children 6-17. Those who walk, bike, or take public transportation receive $5 off adult admission and $2 off child admission. Those with a Military ID have free admission, with $20 for their spouses and $10 for their children.
For more information and a complete schedule, please visit www.fairchildgarden.org or the International Orchid Festival web page.
About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
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. Fairchild has field programs in over 20 countries throughout the tropical world including the Indonesia, South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Southeast Asia. Fairchild’s palm and cycad collections are considered the greatest collections in the world and are nationally recognized by the American Public Gardens Association. Fairchild has the largest education program in a metropolitan area reaching more than 100,000 schoolchildren in 2011. Fairchild hosts popular events like the Chocolate, Mango, Orchid, Food and Garden, Ramble and Edible Garden Festivals, as well as an annual art exhibition, concerts, plant shows and sales, evening events and more. Fairchild is a not-for-profit organization with 45,000 members and is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors, $12 for children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. For more information, please visit www.fairchildgarden.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.