Archive for July, 2014

August Orchid Shows

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Orchid shows strut their stuff from Hilo to Copenhagen, Toronto to Singapore, and Sao Paulo to Brisbane. All of these events offer extraordinary flowers, and many also have orchid experts and vendors. August 1 Santa Cruz Orchid Society Silent Auction & Ice Cream Social, Live Oak Grange Hall, 1900 17th Ave., Santa Cruz, California August […]

How Orchids Became Britain’s Favorite Flower

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

London’s Daily Telegraph recounts how Moth Orchids became Britain’s favorite flowers. There’s no doubt that the British love orchids. Over 200 years ago, tropical orchids began arriving among the spoils of empire. Britain sent out explorers and collectors to bring back more. Soon rainforests were being stripped of these and other botanical treasures, which filled […]

“Orchids in the Park” Arrives Early

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Attention orchid lovers! Orchids in the Park 2014 arrives a month early this year, coming up on the weekend of August 2nd & 3rd.  This event is smaller and less crowded than the SF Orchid Society’s huge winter show, but even this scaled-down exhibit has plenty of fascinating orchids. These dozen pictures are just a […]

Join Your Local Orchid Society

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Joining your local orchid society is one of the best ways to learn about orchids. Let’s say you’re a novice, and you’ve already discovered the treasure trove of basic orchid info here at AboutOrchids. Your local orchid society can help you build on that knowledge. The people you meet will share your love of orchids, […]

The Million Orchid Project

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

The Million Orchid Project aims to restore Florida’s endangered native orchids. Scientists and volunteers at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden are tackling this ambitious plan. The famous Ghost Orchid is just one of Florida’s threatened species. Like other native orchids, it has become rare due to habitat destruction and illegal poaching. The Million Orchid Project wants […]

Eurychone – A Tropical African Orchid

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

These unusual flowers belong to a fascinating orchid. This species has beautiful blooms, a pleasant scent, and a hard-to-pronounce name. Eurychone is Greek for “broad funnel,” which describes the wide, round flower lip. To pronounce Eurychone, say “you-rye-CONE-ee.” Eurychones are native to equatorial rainforests in West and Central Africa. They are related to the Angraecum […]