"Today, Earth Day in Coral Gables, is the moment when we reverse the decline in our native orchids," said Carl Lewis, Director of Fairchild Tropical Garden at the kickoff. "We're going to continue planting orchids around Coral Gables and down Miracle Mile, and over the next five years, we'll start to see the first flowerings."
Approximately 100 people attended a ceremony on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 which lifted City Commissioners, Fairchild Garden staff and volunteers atop trees in Merrick Park across from Coral Gables City Hall to attach the orchids. The native orchids were grown at Fairchild Garden’s state-of-the-
"The common thread of these three organizations - the City of Coral Gables, Fairchild Garden and the Coral Gables Community Foundation - is to improve the quality of life for the residents of the City of Coral Gables," said Coral Gables Vice Mayor William H. Kerdyk, Jr. who championed the City’s effort as part of their ‘Parknership’