About the Island City Orchid Project
Did you know that Florida native orchids were nearly wiped out in our area? Several years ago, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden created their Million Orchid Project to help restore the populations of South Florida’s rare and endangered orchids into our local environments.
Locally, the Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society (FLOS) took up the challenge, and since 2019 has partnered with garden clubs, municipalities, and community groups throughout Broward County to place thousands of native orchids in our area parks and green spaces.
Equality Garden Club (EGC) made a commitment in 2020 to partner with FLOS to reintroduce native orchids to Wilton Manors. Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve was chosen as the ideal site to begin this project. After an interruption due to the pandemic, in 2022 EGC volunteers installed 300 orchids on a variety of trees in the park. Despite a very dry summer in 2022, the majority of these orchids survived and some are nearing blooming size a year later.
In 2023 EGC is ready to install hundreds more native orchids in Wilton Manors – again at Richardson Park, and also at our second chosen location in Lieber Park on Coral Gardens Drive. Check out our EGC Facebook Page for volunteer opportunities!
Volunteers installing native orchids at Richardson Park in 2022, and an example of their handiwork.
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