The Million Orchid Project

with Dr. Jason Downing, Orchid Biologist from Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

December 12 2018 · 12:00pm  – 1:00pm


Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is working to reintroduce Florida’s rare and endangered native orchids into Miami’s urban landscape. With the help of thousands of students from local schools, Fairchild has been generating large quantities of these orchid plants from seed. They are now propagating with the goal to re-establish them within South Florida’s public landscapes, around schools, on street trees, and in city parks. The Million Orchid Project is unique in its scale, its exclusive focus on public landscapes, and its involvement of the local community throughout the entire growing process. At its core, The Million Orchid Project is a massive science experiment that allows the garden to make important discoveries about how native orchids grow and reproduce. Additionally, the techniques used through The Million Orchid Project may help them develop more general strategies for rescuing rare plants within a highly developed and rapidly changing urban environment.

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