Million Orchids Project Comes to Miami Design District


Wed., June 21, 5 p.m. 2017
In synergy with the Million Orchid Project, the ongoing effort by Miami’s Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden to grow one million rare, native orchids and reintroduce them to South Florida’s urban spaces, Miami Design District, Island Planning Corporation, and True Tree Service, have collaborated to create a blooming ecosystem of rare epiphytes in the heart of Miami. We invite the community to join Miami Design District officials and Fairchild staff for a ceremonial planting to launch the two-year program to plant over 2,000 native orchids in trees and plots in select urban areas. While previous plantings involved municipalities and schools, the Miami Design District is the first neighborhood destination to partner with Fairchild in the Million Orchid Project. Having been decimated over the last century, these rare species are being gloriously reintroduced at the intersection of Paseo Drive and north 39th and 40th streets as part of a sweeping, large-scale horticultural installation by IPC of several-hundred specimen trees. This canopy of mature, native trees (from which the new orchids will hang) creates an ideal micro-climate for the region’s endangered species and enhances an already lush urban environment. The ceremony will be followed by happy hour at OTL (160 NE 40th St) to celebrate the landmark moment. Guests are also encouraged to visit the Market #atMDD located in Jungle Plaza, which will feature Fairchild’s STEMLab. STEMLab is a decommissioned school bus transformed into a state-of-the-art botanical propagation lab that gives visitors the opportunity to participate in the Million Orchid Project.


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