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For every $25 donated during Give Miami Day, Fairchild can reintroduce 25 native orchids to South Florida! South Florida was once an orchid paradise, with a rich variety of tropical orchids growing naturally on the branches of every tree. In the late 1800s, as the Florida East Coast Railroad extended southward, orchids were among the first natural resources to be exploited. Flowering orchids were ripped from the trees and packed into railroad cars, destined to be sold as disposable potted plants in northern flower shops. Orchid populations dwindled rapidly, and now our iconic native orchids exist in such small numbers that they have little hope of recovering on their own. Today, our region has countless suitable landscape trees for orchids including parks, schoolyards, roadways, and other public spaces. And, we also have The Million Orchid Project, whose goal is to reintroduce 1,000,000 orchids into the South Florida ecology. Your support this year to Fairchild during Give Miami Day will go directly toward this important project. Each $25 contribution helps us reintroduce 25 native orchids!