In synergy with the Million Orchid Project, the ongoing effort by Miamiâ€™s Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden to grow one million rare, native orchids and reintroduce them to South Floridaâ€™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 on Wednesday, June 21 at 5:00 p.m. 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 N 39 and N 40 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 regionâ€™s endangered species and enhances an already lush urban environment.
The ceremony will be followed by happy hour at OTL to celebrate the landmark moment. Guests are also encouraged to visit the Market #atMDD located in Jungle Plaza from 4pm to 9pm which will feature Fairchildâ€™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