Have an Orchid Orgasm at Fairchild Tropical Garden This Weekend

What is it about orchids that engender so much devotion and wonder? Sure, they're nice to look at, but they grow just about everywhere on planet and there are over 26,000 different species. You could say they're the tuna of horticulture world. Hmm? Maybe that's it. We love us some tuna.

Whatever the reason, the fact remains orchids are big in South Florida. And why wouldn't they be. They love humidity. Every year the culmination of South Florida's fascination with these plants happens during the International Orchid Festival at Fairchild Tropical Garden. The 9th edition of the festival starts today and runs through Sunday. Whether you're into the common varieties like Dendrobium and Vanda, or go for the rarest of the rare like Asian Slipper Orchids, chances are you can find them at Fairchild this weekend. Read on for details.

If you're like us and you need somebody to tell you exactly what is so

great about this whole orchid thing, you might want to check out one of

several "Introduction to Orchid Culture" lectures scheduled throughout

the weekend. There's also a juried orchid show, dozens of orchid vendors

from which you can take home your favorite plant, and the requisite

"Orkids in the Kidway" exhibit where the youngest among us can play

games, learn about orchids, and even engage in Orkids Yoga (though we

don't know what that is, and were afraid to ask).

Check out a video of the festival in past years:

Georgia Tasker, maybe South Florida's number one orchid expert, will

give an interactive talk and walk around the grounds on " The World of

Orchids" and she will be signing copies of her book Growing Orchids in

South Florida throughout the festival. The tour starts at 10:30 a.m. on

Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Those who enjoy high society can the Orchid Tea Room at the Visitors

Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. throughout the festival. Scones, savories,

and desserts will be served along with your choice of tea while you are

serenaded with live entertainment. If you're a little rougher around

the edges, then you can enjoy eats from the food trucks which will roll

into Fairchild including Jefe's Original Fish Tacos & Burgers,

GastroPod, Ms. Cheezious, and Dolci Peccati Gelato. There will also be

smoothies made with fruit from Fairchild's Farm.

The 9th Annual International Orchid Festival at Fairchild Tropical

Garden (10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables) starts today and runs

through Sunday. Fairchild opens at 9:30 a.m.  For more information call 

305-667-1651 or visit

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