Tenth Annual International Orchid Festival Starts Friday

Tuesday, March 6, 2012



Tenth Annual International Orchid Festival Starts Friday

 at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden!

 Coral Gables, FL, March 7, 2012—Fairchild is gearing up for an amazing display of orchids from around the world! The International Orchid Festival, in its tenth year, is taking place at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 9, 10 and 11, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 The Festival will feature over 10,000 orchid plants and more than 50 orchid growers and vendors from around the world, who will exhibit and sell these magnificent plants—sure to delight both the orchid enthusiast and those new to the spectacular world of orchids. The Orchid Society of Coral Gables will 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.

 As always, the International Orchid Festival will include educational lectures, walking tours, live music, the Orchid Tea Room, and great food!

Amidst the exotic colors and shapes of orchids, guests will also have the opportunity to see Fairchild’s current art exhibition, Will Ryman at Fairchild, Ryman’s largest outdoor exhibition to date that includes over 30 floral and whimsical sculptures placed throughout the garden.


Friday, March 9, Corbin A

12:00 p.m.                              Intro to Orchid Culture
Jill Sidran

1:00 p.m.                                Intro to Orchid Culture
Betty Eber

2:00 p.m.                                Orchid Diseases and Their Control
Bob McMillan, Ph. D.

3:00 p.m.                                Intro to Orchid Culture
Jim Davison

Saturday March 10, Corbin A

11:00 a.m.                              Intro to Orchid Culture, Ernie Barham

12:00 a.m.                              Intro to Orchid Culture, Melana Davison

1:00 p.m.                                Orchid Polination,  Tom Mirenda

2:00 p.m.                                Repotting,Orchid Care,  Alex Lamazares

3:30 p.m.                                Cultivo de Orquideas,  Betty Eber 

Sunday March 11, Corbin A 

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

12:00 p.m.                              Intro to Orchid Culture,  Melana Davison

1:00 p.m.                                Cattleya Culture,  Phillip Iloo, Stel-mar Gardens
2:00 p.m.                                UFL Orchid Pests, Catharine Mannion, Ph.D.

3:00 p.m.                               Cultivo de Orquideas, Ruben Sauleda Ph.D. 

Orchid Extravaganza (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

In the Rainforest  

11:30 a.m.   Walking tour of the rainforest featuring our wonderful orchid
                      display. Georgia Tasker will lead the tour on Saturday and Sunday.

1:30 p.m.     Walking tour of the rainforest featuring our wonderful
                      orchid display. 

 Orchid Plaza (All Day) Located in the Rainforest
Enjoy interactive discussions on the natural history of orchids and growing tips.

Tropical Fruit Pavilion (All Day)                                    
Take a journey through the beautiful and aromatic world of the vanilla orchid.
See what's in season in ourEdibleGarden.

 Conservatory (All Day)
Marvel at our beautiful orchid display.  

OrKids (in theEdibleGarden)

Children and adults alike can learn through fun, interactive, hands-on activities about the diversity of plant animal pollination relationships. Find out how plants seduce, trick and reward a huge diversity of animals to visit them and get pollinated. 

There will also be a diverse group of live plants that kids can observe closely with magnify lenses and microscopes. 

Young children can also select their favorite pollinator and color an orchid “Pollinator Mask”.

Enjoy Storytime with Miami-Dade Public Library on Saturday,  March 10 at11:00 a.m.,1:00 p.m. and2:00 p.m.

Bike Valet

Green Mobility Network will be here Saturday and Sunday offering their unique bike valet service at the South Gate. Bike and $5! If you walk or ride your bike to Fairchild, you will receive $5 off the admission price for adults and $2 for children. It's our way of thanking you for contributing to conservation.


Rina Yoga will be providing free yoga near ourButterflyGardenon Sunday of the Orchid Festival.

Sunday, March 11
Yoga for Adults 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Little Rina Yogis1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Orchid Tea Room

The Veranda and Ballroom of the JeanEllenDuPontShehanVisitorCenteris the site of the Orchid Tea Room, open daily during the Orchid Festival. Come and enjoy tea and live music. Guests will be served scones, savories and desserts, as well as several choices of tea.

Tea service11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Cost per person is $27 for members, $37 for non-members and $17 for children 12 and under.
For information or reservations, please call Marnie Valent at 305.663.8059.

 Admission: Free for Fairchild Members and children 5 and under.

Non-members: $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up and $12 for children 6-17. 

Eco-discount: If you walk, ride your bike or take public transportation to Fairchild, receive $5 off admission for adults and $2 off admission for children. Members, remember to bring your Rewards Card to earn your gift passes! 

Military Discount: We are pleased to offer active military personnel free admission. In addition, admission for spouses is $20 and children $10. Please present Military IDs.

 About the International Orchid Festival

The International Orchid Festival is in its tenth year and will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 9-11, 2012, from 9:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m.Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors, $12 for children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. FairchildTropicalBotanic Gardenis located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, Florida. Additional information about the International Orchid Festival may be found at www.fairchildgarden.org.

 About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

FairchildTropicalBotanic Gardenis 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 bothFloridaand international conservation. Fairchild has field programs in over 20 countries throughout the tropical world including theIndonesia,South America, theCaribbean,AfricaandSoutheast 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. Fairchild is located at10901 Old Cutler Road,Coral Gables,Florida,33156. Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors, $12 for children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. Information at www.fairchildgarden.org and on Facebook and Twitter.

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