Tamiami International Orchid Festival is blooming in its 16th year

V. Motes Lemon Tart. Photograph courtesy Tamiami International Orchid Festival.

The Tamiami International Orchid Festival is January 12-14 at the Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center. In its 16th year, the Festival will bring together the entire South Florida orchid community as well as more than 80 growers, nurseries and vendors from all over the world.

“The Festival has become far and away the largest orchid event of the season: Florida’s Winter Orchid Extravaganza,” said Dr. Martin Motes, president of Motes Orchids and author of the book Florida Orchid Growing.

Orchid-themed arts and crafts will be for sale, plus a full range of supplies, materials and tools for all orchid-growing needs. Experts will be giving lectures on culture and botany, and the Festival will host growing classes in English and Spanish for amateurs and more advanced hobbyists.

Individual plants and exhibits set up by local orchid societies will be eligible for ribbons, trophies and the much-coveted American Orchid Society awards. All plants entered into the show are eligible for the $500 cash prize for Grand Champion and $250 prize for Reserve Champion. The public is invited to bring plants for exhibit and judging on Thursday, January 11, between noon and 5 p.m.

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Courtesy Tamiami International Orchid Festival.

Going to the Tamiami International Orchid Festival?

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. January 12-14.

Where: Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center, 10901 Coral Way, Miami.

How much: $10 at orchidfestival.com, $12 at the door, free for kids 12 and under.

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Courtesy Tamiami International Orchid Festival.

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