More Photos from the Pacific Orchid Expo

Posted March 4th, 2015 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Events, Growing Orchids in San Francisco, Photos

As I continue to sort through our pictures from this year’s Pacific Orchid Expo, I’m finding lots of great shots. Here are some of Dave’s photos. They’re wonderful examples of the stunning diversity of the orchid family, which goes far beyond what’s for sale at the supermarket. With their brilliant colors and strange shapes, these flowers never fail to impress.

Habenaria Regnieri, orchid hybrid with pink and white flower, Pacific Orchid Expo 2015, San Francisco, CaliforniaCoelogyne usitana, orchid species with white brown and dark orange flowers, zig-zag flower stem,  Pacific Orchid Expo 2015, San Francisco, CaliforniaSarcochilus George Culthop x Melody, orchid hybrid with pink yellow and white flowers, Pacific Orchid Expo 2015, San Francisco, California

Epidendrum Yoko 'Yokohama', orchid hybrid with pink flowers, Pacific Orchid Expo 2015, San Francisco, CaliforniaDracula gorgona, orchid species with hairy white yellow and reddish-purple flowers, Pacific Orchid Expo 2015, San Francisco, CaliforniaOncidium Shelob 'Tolkien', orchid hybrid with red yellow pink and white flowers, Pacific Orchid Expo 2015, San Francisco, California

Masdevallia manoloi, orchid species with yellow and red flowers, Pacific Orchid Expo 2015, San Francisco, CaliforniaPorroglossum muscosum, miniature orchid species with white yellow and purple flowers, Pacific Orchid Expo 2015, San Francisco, CaliforniaCattleya coccinea or Sophronitis coccinea, miniature orchid species with bright orange flowers, Pacific Orchid Expo 2015, San Francisco, California

March Orchid Shows

Posted March 1st, 2015 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Botanical Gardens, Events

Orchids are loved everywhere, and there’s no better proof than this month’s show schedule. March is a very busy month, with big events in Santa Barbara, San Diego, Atlanta, Montreal, Vancouver, and Taiwan. Even in unlikely locales like Boise, Saskatoon, and Norway, smaller shows celebrate this incredible plant family.

March 6 – 7
Englewood Area Orchid Society Show, Englewood Methodist Church, 700 E. Dearborn St., Englewood, Florida
March 6 – 8
Central California Orchid Society Spring Show, Big Fresno Fair, Floriculture Building, 1121 S. Chance Ave., Fresno, California
March 6 – 8
Martin County Orchid Society Show, Martin County Fairgrounds, Building G, 2616 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart, Florida
March 6 – 8
Maryland Orchid Society Spring Show, Horticultural Hall, Timonium Fairgrounds, 2200 York Rd., Timonium, Maryland
March 6 – 8
Malihini Orchid Society Show & Sale, Vallco Shopping Mall, 10123 N. Wolfe Rd., Cupertino, California
March 6 – 8
Queensland International Orchid Fair, Beenleigh Showgrounds, James St., Beenleigh, Queensland, Australia
March 6 – 8
Orchidees & Ikebana, Espace Culturel Du Parc, 120 Rue Sadi-Carnot, 93700 Drancy, France
March 6 – 8
Munchner Orchideenmarkt, Gaststatte Heide Volm Planegg, Bahnhofstr. 51, 82152 Planegg, Munich, Germany
March 6 – 8
Internationale Orchideenausstellung, Festhalle Weisweiler, Berliner Ring 1, 52249 Eschweiler, Germany
March 6 – 8
Exposicao Nacional de Orquideas de Batatais, Ginasio de Exportes, Centro Universitario Claretiano, Batatais, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Help Save Dracula Orchids!

Posted February 25th, 2015 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Conservation, Cool Growers, In the News

Help the Orchid Conservation Alliance save Dracula orchids! A few months ago, I blogged about work to preserve a piece of the Chocó rainforest in Ecuador, one of the most biodiverse places in the world. A new nature reserve there could save 5% of all orchid species on earth, including many rare and fascinating Draculas. Now, the Orchid Conservation Alliance is working with the Rainforest Trust and Fundación EcoMinga to purchase land on the slopes of the Andes for the sanctuary. They need to raise $44,000 for the first phase of this project. New roads and looming development threaten this ecological treasure with destruction, so please donate now! The Orchid Conservation Alliance is a non-profit organization, and donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Pacific Orchid Expo 2015

Posted February 23rd, 2015 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Events, Growing Orchids in San Francisco, Photos

Vanda Tokyo Blue 'Sapphire' AM AOS, orchid hybrid, Pacific Orchid Expo 2015, San Francisco, CaliforniaOerstedella wallisii, orchid species, yellow white and purple flower, Pacific Orchid Expo 2015, San Francisco, CaliforniaPaphiopedilum orchid, Lady Slipper flower, Pacific Orchid Expo 2015, San Francisco, California

The Pacific Orchid Expo is always amazing, and this year was no exception. San Francisco’s premier orchid event was a huge hit. Whether you’re a seasoned orchid addict like myself, or an orchid newbie, this past weekend’s show was overwhelming. Here are the first of our photos from the expo, and there are many more to come. Enjoy!

Orchid display, Pacific Orchid Expo 2015, San Francisco, CaliforniaMasdevallia elephanticeps, orchid species, yellow and purple flower, Pacific Orchid Expo 2015, San Francisco, CaliforniaDendrobium Memoria Alicia 'Kings Park' x Dendrobium speciosum 'Windermere', orchid hybrid, lighty yellow and purple flower, Pacific Orchid Expo 2015, San Francisco, California

Longwood Gardens Brings Winter Warmth

Posted February 19th, 2015 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Botanical Gardens, Events, In the News, Videos

Escape from winter with this video from Longwood Gardens Orchid Extravaganza. Located in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Longwood Gardens is one of the nation’s premier botanical gardens. Visitors can luxuriate in tropical warmth with orchids and other exotic plants in Longwood’s 4 acre (1.6 hectare) conservatory. This video highlights the exhibit’s elaborate displays of Phals, Cattleyas, Cymbidiums, and much more. If you’re in the Philadelphia area, find some relief from the cold and gray at Longwood Gardens. The exhibit runs through March 29th, so you still have time to dig out of the latest blizzard to make it there.

Valentine’s Orchids

Posted February 14th, 2015 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Growing, Photos

Orchids have become essential for Valentine’s Day. If your celebration of love includes a gift orchid, check the care tips below.

Miltonia, red yellow and white orchid flower, Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco, CaliforniaCattleya hybrid, purple yellow and white flower, Pacific Orchid Expo 2014, San Francisco, CaliforniaCoelogyne, yellow red and white orchid flower, Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco, California

Dendrobium hybrid, purple and white orchid flower, Santa Barbara Orchid Estate, CaliforniaPaphiopedilum, Lady Slipper orchid flower, Orchid Mania greenhouse, San Francisco, CaliforniaPhalaenopsis Taisuco Anna, pink white and yellow Moth Orchid hybrid, Pacific Orchid Expo 2014, San Francisco, California

What kind is it? -  Identify your orchid to learn more about its care needs. Phals, or Moth Orchids, are the most common types. Other popular varieties include Cattleyas, Cymbidiums, Dendrobiums, Oncidiums, and Paphs.

Light – Place your orchid in bright light. Many kinds enjoy some direct sun, especially while light levels are low in winter.

Humidity – Orchids hate dry air, which can wilt flowers, damage leaves, and attract pests. Raise humidity by grouping plants together, or placing plants in a humid area, like a bathroom or kitchen. To increase humidity, use a cool mist humidifier, or a spray mister. Balance flowerpots on pebbles in trays of water, always keeping the pots raised above the water level.

Water – Use room-temperature water to soak the pot, and then let all excess water drain out. Don’t let plants sit in water for too long, or their roots may rot. If wrappers, ribbons, or decorative containers block the holes in the bottom of the flower pot, remove them to allow drainage and air flow.

Cut flowers – Give orchids the same care as other cut flowers. Place them in lukewarm water, and keep out of direct sun. Change the water every couple days. High humidity will help the flowers last longer.

Get Ready for the Pacific Orchid Expo!

Posted February 11th, 2015 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Events, Growing Orchids in San Francisco, Photos

The Pacific Orchid Expo is coming! San Francisco’s biggest orchid event begins with a preview gala on Thursday, February 19th. The show runs Friday, February 20th to Sunday, February 22nd at Fort Mason. This year’s theme focuses on “The Thrill of Discovery.” Visitors will be thrilled to discover incredible orchids like the dozen pictured below from last year’s expo.

Phragmipedium kovachii 'Leonardo Andre', Lady Slipper orchid species, Pacific Orchid Expo 2014, San Francisco, CaliforniaPholidota chinensis, orchid species with white flowers, Pacific Orchid Expo 2014, San Francisco, CaliforniaStelis ciliolata, mini orchid species with tiny flowers, Pacific Orchid Expo 2014, San Francisco, California

 Lycaste Nagai International 'Spring Blush' and Lycaste Murasakino 'Motor City', orchid hybrids with pink and white flowers, Pacific Orchid Expo 2014, San Francisco, CaliforniaBrasiliorchis schunkeana, orchid species with black flowers, Pacific Orchid Expo 2014, San Francisco, CaliforniaOerstedella centradenia, orchid species with pink flowers, Pacific Orchid Expo 2014, San Francisco, California

This is one of the largest orchid shows in the world, featuring over 150,000 orchids. Don’t miss this spectacular expo! Be sure to check back here for photos of the big event.

Miltonias, Cymbidiums, Oncidiums, and other orchids on display at Pacific Orchid Expo 2014, San Francisco, CaliforniaCymbidium goeringii 'Republic of Taiwan', Chinese orchid species with pale green yellow and white flower, Pacific Orchid Expo 2014, San Francisco, CaliforniaDendrochilum wenzelii, orchid species with tiny red flowers, Pacific Orchid Expo 2014, San Francisco, California

Masdevallia ayabacana, orchid species with yellow red and purple flowers, Pacific Orchid Expo 2014, San Francisco, CaliforniaCymbidium Mighty Sunset, orchid hybrid with red yellow and white flowers, Pacific Orchid Expo 2014, San Francisco, CaliforniaCochlioda rosea, orchid species with pink flowers, Pacific Orchid Expo 2014, San Francisco, California

Still More Winter Orchid Exhibits

Posted February 7th, 2015 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Botanical Gardens, Events

These botanical gardens present extended orchid exhibits to counter the winter cold. Find more winter orchid exhibits listed here and here.

February 7 – March 16
Cure your winter blues with an Orchid Escape at the Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden in Evansville, Indiana. Orchids adorn a tropical rainforest in the Amazonia section of the zoo.

February 7 – April 12
The Atlanta Botanical Garden hosts Orchid Daze: Pop!  Celebrate orchids along with the art of famous artists Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Roy Lichtenstein.

February 14 – March 14
Oklahoma City’s Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory features Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest. Over one thousand orchids will be on display.

February 14 – March 15
Enjoy floral eye candy at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Orchid Show. With over 10,000 orchids on exhibit, you should definitely bring your camera.

Blooming Valentine

Posted February 5th, 2015 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Photos

Masdevallia coccinea, orchid species, purple flower, Orchids in the Park 2014, San Francisco, CaliforniaOncidium hybrid, white purple yellow and red orchid flower, Foster Botanical Garden, Honolulu, HawaiiPaphiopedilum Via Figueroa x Rolling Thunder, orchid hybrid, red yellow white and purple Lady Slipper flower, Pacific Orchid Expo 2014, San Francisco, California

What are the best blooms for Valentine’s Day? Roses may be traditional, but orchids offer so much more. There are endless orchid choices, with flowers of every size, shape, color, and fragrance. Many sport elegant blooms which can last for weeks, or even months. They make great cut flowers, too. Check out these orchid buying tips to help decide which is the best for you and your valentine.

Cattleya hybrid, yellow purple and pink orchid flower, Orchids in the Park 2014, San Francisco, CaliforniaRenanthera Kalsom 'Red Dragon', red orchid hybrid flower, Orchids in the Park 2014, San Francisco, CaliforniaHarlequin Phalaenopsis hybrid, yellow pink and purple Moth Orchid flower, Kapiolani Farmers Market, Honolulu, Hawaii

February Orchid Shows

Posted February 1st, 2015 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Botanical Gardens, Events

February is a busy month for orchid shows, and that’s great for valentine celebrations. Among the highlights, two of the largest orchid shows in the world take place this month. The biggest happens in Tokyo, while San Francisco hosts North America’s largest show. Big or small, don’t miss these fantastic events!

February 5 – 8
Deep Cut Orchid Society Show & Sale, Dearborn Market, 2170 Route 35 S., Holmdel, New Jersey
February 5 – 8
Exposicion Nacional de Orquideas, Cerveceria Centroamericana, Salon José Arzû Castillo, 3a. Ave 17-16 Zona 2, Guatemala City, Guatemala
February 6 – 8
South Carolina Orchid Society Festival, Botanical Garden Visitors Center, Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical Garden, 1300 Botanical Garden Pkwy., West Columbia, South Carolina
February 6 – 8
Salon International De L’Orchidee, Salle Des Terre Blanches, Chemin Peyre Fuguette, 13320 Bouc-Bel-Air, France
February 6 – 8
Exposicao Nacional de Orquideas de Itaguara, Salao Paroquial, Itaguara, Minas Gerais, Brazil
February 7 – 8
Venice Area Orchid Society Show & Sale, Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice, Florida
February 8 – 23
Mostra delle Orchidee, Garden di Bussolengo, Via Pastrengo, 16, 37012 Bussolengo, Verona, Italy
February 11 – 14
Orchideenschau, Shoppingcity Seiersberg, Shopping City Seiersberg 1-9, 8055 Seiersberg, Austria
February 12 – 14
Maui Orchid Society Valentine Show, Maui Mall, 70 East Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului, Maui, Hawaii
February 13 – 15
Greater Orlando Orchid Society Show & Sale, Orlando Garden Club Inc, 710 E. Rollins St., Orlando, Florida

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