Archive for January, 2015

More Winter Orchid Exhibits

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Botanical gardens in the USA and UK are hosting orchid exhibits. These seasonal events are great for a cold, gray day or a special valentine. Check this earlier post for more orchid exhibits. January 24 – April 26 In Washington DC, the Smithsonian Gardens and the United States Botanic Garden present Orchids: Interlocking Science and […]

Den Phal Orchids

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Are they Phals or Dendrobiums?  Den Phals are Dendrobiums, and they’re very popular orchids. Also called Phalaenopsis-type Dendrobiums, or Phalanthe-type Dendrobiums, their confusing names derive from their resemblance to Phal flowers. They represent a small section of the large Dendrobium family, but they’ve become some of the most commonly cultivated varieties. Den Phals come in […]

Winter Orchid Exhibits

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Many botanical gardens offer extended orchid exhibits over winter. Be sure to take advantage of these great escapes from the cold. January 9 – February 23 The Denver Botanic Gardens presents its Orchid Showcase. Hundreds of orchids adorn the garden’s fragrant citrus trees. Visitors can enter the garden’s photo contest to win an orchid. January […]

Cynorkis: A Mini Orchid from Madagascar

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Cynorkis fastigiata is an unusual orchid from some unusual islands. It would be easy to mistake for a couple blades of grass, except for its strange flowers hovering above. This small species is native to Madagascar and nearby islands in the Indian Ocean: the Seychelles, the Comoros, Mauritius, and Reunion. This species can grow as […]

Go Orchids

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Have you found an orchid growing in the wild, but can’t identify it? Go Orchids is an excellent online tool to learn about varieties native to the USA and Canada. Courtesy of the North American Orchid Conservation Center (NAOCC,) Go Orchids lets you search by location, by name, or by a series of botanical questions. Their online […]

January Orchid Shows

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

The new year brings orchid shows to every corner of the world. Especially in cold winter areas, like Massachusetts, Minnesota, and the UK, orchid shows offer a great tropical respite from the season’s chill. January 3 – 4 Sarasota Orchid Society Show & Sale, Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida January 7 […]