MIAMI’S COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS – JULY 19, 2019 – BY MIAMI BEACH CHAMBER Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road District, recognized as the cultural and social hub of Miami Beach, announces its latest permanent installation – 500 orchids, planted along the pedestrian street’s trees between Meridian Avenue and Jefferson Avenue. The orchids, which more than a century ago blanketed oak and mahogany trees throughout South Florida, will be attached to the Road’s existing trees as part of Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden’s The Million Orchid Project.
Lincoln Road already welcomes more than 11 million visitors annually, and now those strolling through its eateries and boutiques will also be able to marvel at the beauty of 500 colorful orchids, take social media-worthy photos along the path and learn about Fairchild’s program to introduce native orchids into South Florida’s urban landscape.
The orchid project was funded by Stephen Bittel, Chairman and Founder of Terranova Corporation, a property owner on Lincoln Road, as a gift to the City of Miami Beach. Born and raised in Miami, Stephen grew up with a passion for orchids, and envisioned green spaces along Lincoln Road blooming with these colorful flowers. His gift was warmly accepted by the City commission in a public hearing and orchestrated in partnership with Fairchild.