Archive for October, 2014

November Orchid Shows

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Orchid shows abound in every corner of the planet. All of these events offer great opportunities to enjoy wonderful blooms, take pictures, talk to experts, and buy plants for your orchid collection. November 1 Orchid Society of Great Britain Autumn Show, Wraysbury Village Hall, The Green, Wraysbury, Staines, UK November 1 Jamaica Orchid Society Meeting […]

Haunting Orchids

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Boo! There are orchids for every occasion, even Halloween. Here are some spooky orchids to haunt you, if you’re not too scared to go further… Ghost Orchids (first photo) — The famous stars of The Orchid Thief earn a phantasmic name from their weird white blooms. Since these strange plants are leafless, the flowers seem […]

Koko Crater Botanical Garden

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Would you visit a garden in a volcanic crater?  We did!  Koko Crater Botanical Garden in Honolulu is a remarkable desert paradise. It sits in an extinct volcanic crater on the southeast corner of Oahu, near its larger, more famous neighbor, Diamond Head. It’s too dry for orchids at Koko, but there’s plenty of tropical […]

New Orchid Named for Jane Goodall

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

A newly discovered Dendrobium species has been named to honor Jane Goodall. In recognition of her extraordinary contributions to nature conservation and animal welfare, Dutch scientists dubbed the new orchid Dendrobium goodallianum. The new species is native to New Guinea. Its flowers last only one day, and they smell like coconut. New orchid species are […]

Grammatophyllum Orchids

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Grammatophyllum orchids make a big impression. These large beauties are native to hot, steamy jungles in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Dave and I have seen them in Hawaii before, but never in bloom until our recent visit to Foster Botanical Garden in Honolulu. We not saw only one, but three different Grammatophyllum varieties flowering […]

October Orchid Shows

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

From Fresno to Florida, and Prague to Tasmania, these shows demonstrate orchids’ global appeal. The world’s largest, most diverse flower family awaits visitors at every event. October 1 – 13 Central California Orchid Society Show, Big Fresno Fair, Floriculture Building, 1121 S. Chance Ave., Fresno, California October 2 – 4 Maitland & Coalfields District Orchid […]