By Paula Fernandez de los Muros….
Get ready for an amazing display of orchids from around the world!Fair
The International Orchid Festival, in its ninth year, is taking place at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden on March 11-13 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The festival will feature more than 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 society also will 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, Les Lalanne at Farichild, featuring over 30 whimsical sculptures by Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, as well as Yoko Ono’s interactive Wishing Grove.
Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors, $12 for children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road.
For more information, go to www.fairchildgarden.org.
SCHEDULE OF LECTURES
Friday, March 11
1:00 p.m. Intro to Orchid Culture, Jill Sidran
2:00 pm Intro to Orchid Culture, Betty Eber
Saturday, March 12
11:00 a.m. Intro to Orchid Culture, Larry Cox
12:00 p.m. Intro to Orchid Culture, Jim Davison
1:00 p.m. Repotting, Orchid Care, Alex Lamazares
2:30 p.m. Cultivo de Orquideas, Mirta Heineman
Sunday, March 13
11:00 a.m. Intro to Orchid Culture, Martin Mote, PhD
12:00 p.m. Intro to Orchid Culture, Dave Foster
1:00 p.m. Orchid Diseases and their Control, Robert McMillan, PhD
2:00 p.m. Cultivo de Orquideas , Ruben Sauleda, PhD