Archive for March, 2013

Waimea Valley and Waimea Falls

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Lots of people visit Oahu’s legendary North Shore to surf, but there’s more to Hawaii than its great beaches. The North Shore also has amazing sites like Waimea Valley and Waimea Falls. During a visit to Hawaii earlier this month, Dave and I walked along the trails to the waterfall and swimming hole at the […]

Foster Botanical Garden

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Say aloha to Foster Botanical Garden in Honolulu. Begin with three non-orchid photos so you don’t start thinking that Foster only has orchids. Foster has lots of other great stuff, too, like sweet plumeria, a colorful little lizard, and a fuzzy bee on fuzzy baobab fruit. It also has dozens of exceptional tropical trees, prehistoric […]

More from Kawamoto Orchid Nursery

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Today spring starts in San Francisco with a cool rain, but it’s easy to warm up with more photos from our recent Hawaii trip. Kawamoto Orchid Nursery in Honolulu was so packed with incredible plants that my first post just scratched the surface. Here are more tropical beauties to welcome the change of season: As I […]

Kawamoto Orchid Nursery

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Don’t let Hawaii’s famous sun, sand, and surf keep you from its other wonders, like Kawamoto Orchid Nursery. Located in Honolulu’s Palolo neighborhood, Kawamoto grows beautiful orchids for Hawaii and the mainland. During a recent visit, Dave and I enjoyed meeting Kawamoto’s friendly staff, exploring their showroom, and getting lost in their vast nursery. Kawamoto’s extensive […]

San Francisco Flower & Garden Show Runs March 20-24

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Bay Area orchid lovers and other gardeners can all enjoy the upcoming San Francisco Flower & Garden Show. Running from Wednesday, March 20th to Sunday, March 24th, the event is one of the largest of its kind in the world. This year, several orchid exhibitors and vendors will ensure that orchids are well represented among the […]

Weird Orchids

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Orchids have become so commonplace that it’s easy to forget what an unusual plant family they are. With Phals, Oncidiums, and Cymbidiums at every supermarket, what was once strange and bizarre has become familiar. The orchid family, however, is full of surprises. Less common orchid species, like these on display at the Pacific Orchid Expo, […]

Pacific Orchid Expo Gems

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

I’m still sorting through our photos from the recent Pacific Orchid Expo, and I’ve found some more great shots from Dave’s camera. Enjoy these gems. Whether it’s the latest hybrid innovation or a stunningly grown species, it’s easy to see how the Pacific Orchid Expo can fill up the memory card of your camera. For […]

Orchid Show Blooms at the New York Botanical Garden

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Starting today, March 2nd, and running until April 22nd, the New York Botanical Garden offers the best of the vast, exotic orchid family. With more than 3000 orchids on display, visitors can enjoy a slice of tropical rainforest in the Bronx. Curator Marc Hachadourian explains how the lush spectacle will change over the weeks: “As […]