Archive for July, 2023

Don’t Miss Orchids in the Park This Weekend

Wednesday, July 26th, 2023

The San Francisco Orchid Society presents Orchids in the Park this Saturday and Sunday, July 29th-30th. The event happens at the SF County Fair Building, 1199 9th Avenue near Lincoln Way, in Golden Gate Park. In addition to amazing orchids, there will be great vendors, hands-on demos, expert growing advice, kids’ activities, and conservation info. […]

More Photos from San Francisco’s Conservatory of Flowers

Saturday, July 22nd, 2023

When I said we had more photos from the Conservatory of Flowers, I wasn’t kidding. There are a lot of magnificent plants packed under that elegant metalwork and white glass. With all the lush greenery, it’s easy to miss some of the orchids, especially the miniatures. To take it in, it’s best to go slowly […]

Is This Endangered Orchid the Last of Its Kind?

Saturday, July 15th, 2023

Like many orchids, the Long Spurred Angraecum faces an uncertain future. Angraecum longicalcar is one of Madagascar’s beautiful, fascinating, and highly endangered orchids. Climate change, habitat destruction, and poaching of wild plants are terrible threats. In addition, its pollinator may be extinct. While many plants use lots of different pollinators, orchids often specialize for a […]

A Legendary Masdevallia Orchid

Friday, July 7th, 2023

It only takes one look at this orchid to understand why it’s nicknamed the King of the Masdevallias, and is considered a national treasure of Peru. I bought this plant at last winter’s Pacific Orchid Expo, and was thrilled when it recently opened its first bloom, a brilliant orange flower with tiny purple hairs which […]

July Orchid Events

Saturday, July 1st, 2023

Australia and New Zealand host plenty of orchid shows this month, but there are also events above the equator. For example, Orchids in the Park is the smaller of San Francisco’s two annual shows, and well worth a visit to Golden Gate Park. July 1 – 2 Victorian Country Orchid Clubs Challenge, Kerang Basketball Stadium, […]