April Orchid Shows

Posted April 1st, 2018 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Botanical Gardens, Events

April is a busy month for orchids, with major events in London, Dublin, Singapore, Philly, Toronto, Capetown and many more. Of course, bigger isn’t always better. I’m guessing that the orchids & chocolate show in little La Capelle, France would be deliciously fantastic, too.

April 5 – 7
London Orchid Show & Plant Fair, RHS Halls, 80 Vincent Square, Westminster, London, UK
April 6 – 7
Sunshine Coast Orchid Society Autumn Show, Uniting Church Hall, Queen & Ulm Sts., Caloundra, Queensland, Australia
April 6 – 8
Southeastern Pennsylvania Orchid Society International Show & Sale, Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks, Pennsylvania
April 6 – 8
Santa Clara Valley Orchid Society Show & Sale, Westgate Shopping Mall, 1600 Saratoga Ave., San Jose, California
April 6 – 8
Deep South Orchid Society Show & Sale, Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, 2 Canebrake Rd., Savannah, Georgia
April 6 – 8
Orchid Society of Alberta Show & Sale, Enjoy Centre, 101 Riel Dr., St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
April 6 – 8
Cape Orchid Society Autumn Show, Richard Crowie Hall, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Dr., Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
April 6 – 8
Les Journées de l‘Orchidée, Salle Polyvalente, 6 Rue Aunes, Villeneuve Sur Bellot, France
April 6 – 8
Exposição Nacional de Orquideas de Santo André, Rua Guarani, 129, Vila Valparaíso, Santo André, São Paulo, Brazil
April 6 – 8
Exposição Nacional de Orquídeas de Franca, Ginásio Champagnat, Rua Cap. Zéca de Paula, Franca, São Paulo, Brazil

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There Are Always More Moth Orchids

Posted March 28th, 2018 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Photos, Warm Growers

Moth Orchid hybrid flowers, Phalaenopsis, Phal, peloric orchid, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaMoth Orchid hybrid flower, Phalaenopsis, Phal, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaMoth Orchid hybrid flower, Phalaenopsis, Phal, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Phalaenopsis Jia Ho Summer Love, Phal, Moth Orchid hybrid flowers, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaMoth Orchid hybrid flower, Phalaenopsis, Phal, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaMoth Orchid hybrid flower, Phalaenopsis, Phal, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Moth Orchids are one of the most popular houseplants in the world, and there’s a steady stream of new varieties. These photos highlight some of the latest hybrid trends. Many feature new patterns or color mixes. Others are bigger, rounder, and flatter. Miniatures are smaller than ever, and harlequins continue to flaunt their artistry. Some unusual types result from genetic mutations. Known as “pelorics,” their petals mutate to look like the flower lip, or vice versa. The very first photo and very last photo in this post are pelorics.

Moth Orchid hybrid flower, Phalaenopsis, Phal, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaPhalaenopsis Liu's Cute Angel, Phal, miniature Moth Orchid, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaMoth Orchid hybrid flower, Phalaenopsis, Phal, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Phalaenopsis, Phal, Moth Orchids, Orchids in the Park 2017, orchid vendor display, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaPhalaenopsis Anna_Larati Soekardi 'Wilson', Phal, miniature Moth Orchid, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaPhalaenopsis I-Hsin Venus 'Kaleidoscope', Phal, Moth Orchid hybrid, peloric orchid, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

These pictures are from last month’s Pacific Orchid Expo and last summer’s Orchids in the Park, both in San Francisco. As new hybrids emerge, and fashions change, expect that there will always be more Moth Orchids.

Fragrant Foxtail Orchids

Posted March 25th, 2018 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Fragrant Orchids, Videos, Warm Growers

Check out the video below to immerse yourself in tropical orchid splendor. Foxtail Orchids earn their name from their bushy clusters of flowers. They’re also known for their sweet scents. Having savored the strong perfume of a single plant in bloom, I can’t imagine how powerful the fragrance must be in the Vietnamese garden in this video. Foxtail Orchids are Vanda relatives which belong to the Rhynchostylis genus, and come in white, and many shades of pink and magenta.

Orchids for the Equinox

Posted March 20th, 2018 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Photos

Vanda orchid flowers with Cymbidium leaves in background, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, SF County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaAnguloa cliftonii, orchid species flower close up, Tulip Orchid, Cradle Orchid, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, SF County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaFredclarkeara x Catasetum hybrid orchid flower, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, SF County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Spathoglottis kimballiana, orchid species flower, yellow flower, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, SF County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaLaelia Santa Barbara Sunset 'Showtime', orchid hybrid flowers, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, SF County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaGongora truncata, orchid species flower, weird flower, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, SF County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Welcome today’s spring equinox with more photos from the recent Pacific Orchid Expo. Northern California has been greeted with a chilly rain to mark the day. Our rainy season was late this winter, but began in earnest a few weeks ago. It should be enough to keep our multi-year drought at bay. Of course, it’s best to always treat clean water as a precious resource, even in years when there’s plenty of precipitation. Enjoy the blooms.

Dracula nosferatu, orchid species flower close up, Pleurothallid, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, SF County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaDendrobium speciosum, orchid species flowers, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, SF County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaClowesetum x Catasetum hybrid, orchid hybrid flower with fringed lip, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, SF County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Dendrobium unicum, orchid species flower, orange flower, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, SF County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaLeptotes bicolor, orchid species flower, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, SF County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaPleurothallis truncata, orchid species flowers, tiny orange flowers and leaves, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, SF County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Fermilab Plants Rare Native Orchids

Posted March 18th, 2018 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Conservation, Cool Growers, In the News

What do rare orchids and particle physics have in common? The folks at Fermilab are in the business of subatomic discoveries, but they’re also part of a project to restore native prairie. On their campus outside of Chicago, they’ve been bringing back native plants like the Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid. This species is endangered throughout its range in Canada and the USA. Fermilab ecologists have recreated its wet prairie habitat, removed invasive species, and started planting the rare orchids. With continued care, they hope to reestablish a healthy ecosystem on their grounds. It should be a great boost for the prospects of the Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid.

Why the Conservation of Orchids Is No Simple Matter

Posted March 12th, 2018 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Conservation, In the News

The Smithsonian illustrates why orchid conservation is tricky. Orchid seeds require a symbiotic fungus to grow, so saving seeds isn’t enough. Experts need to understand each orchid species’ relation to its essential fungi. “First you have to find the fungus,” says Smithsonian botanist Melissa McCormick, “then you have to figure out what it is, and what it needs to survive, which is of course, what the orchid needs to survive.” In addition, scientists have to study growing conditions and pollinator relationships. Read more about the challenges and successes of orchid conservation, and enjoy great orchid photos, at Smithsonian.com.

More Photos from the Pacific Orchid Expo

Posted March 8th, 2018 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Photos

Dracula Maltese Falcon 'Bogey', black orchid flower, pleurothallid, hybrid, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, SF County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaRodrumnia Helmut Rohrl 'Sunstroke', orchid hybrid flowers, equitant Oncidium, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, SF County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaLycaste skinneri var. alba, orchid species flowers, white flowers, Monja Blanca, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, SF County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Vanda orchid plants in plastic baskets hanging on a wall, orchid roots and flowers, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, SF County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaPacific Orchid Expo 2018 display with over a dozen orchids in bloom, Moth Orchids, Lady Slippers, Cymbidiums, Renanthera, SF County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaVanda coerulescens 'Sky Baby', orchid species flowers, blue orchid, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, SF County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

There aren’t enough superlatives to do justice to the Pacific Orchid Expo. These photos, and those in the first post, are just a drop in the bucket of the plants that recently adorned the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. Every year, the show features extravagant colors, rich perfumes, and fascinating orchid diversity. With award-winning flowers and elaborate displays, it’s a brilliant orchid spectacle. Enjoy the pictures.

Dendrobium tobaense var. giganteum, orchid species flower with bizarre flower lip, close up of flower lip, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, SF County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaVanda falcata orchids displayed in traditional Japanese flowerpots, Neofinetia falcata, Samurai Orchid, miniature orchids, variegated leaves, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, SF County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaDendrobium cuthbertsonii, orchid species flowers with moss, miniature orchids, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, SF County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Pacific Orchid Expo 2018 vendor area, Moth Orchids, Vandas, Cymbidiums, SF County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaDendrobium teretifolium, orchid species flower close-up, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, SF County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaDendrobium Warragul x Zip, orchid hybrid flowers, Australian Dendrobiums, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, SF County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show Begins Today

Posted March 3rd, 2018 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Botanical Gardens, Events, Videos

Tropical beauty abounds at the New York Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Show, running from March 3rd – April 22nd. Check out a preview of the floral artistry in the video below. Visitors can enjoy the blooms during regular daytime hours, or with music, dancing, and cocktails during Orchid Evenings.

March Orchid Shows

Posted March 1st, 2018 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Botanical Gardens, Events

March is a busy month for orchids, with events on every continent (ok, except Antarctica.) Majors shows are happening in Taiwan, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Montreal, Paris, and Shanghai. All of these events are great opportunities to enjoy amazing flowers.

March 2 – 3
Englewood Area Orchid Society Show & Sale, Englewood United Methodist Church, 700 E. Dearborn St., Englewood, Florida
March 2 – 3
Queensland International Orchid Fair, Beenleigh Showgrounds, James St., Beenleigh, Queensland, Australia
March 2 – 4
Central California Orchid Society Spring Show, Fresno Fairgrounds, 1121 S. Chance Ave., Fresno, California
March 2 – 4
Martin County Orchid Society Show, Martin County Fairgrounds, Building G, 2616 S. Dixie Hwy., Stuart, Florida
March 2 – 4
Orchid Society of the Ozarks Show, Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, 4703 N. Crossover Rd., Fayetteville, Arkansas
March 2 – 4
Triad Orchid Society Show & Sale, AB Seed Education Annex, 8432 Norcross Rd., Colfax, North Carolina
March 2 – 4
Orchideeënshow, Tuincentrum de Biezen, Biezenweg 2, Beek en Donk, Netherlands
March 2 – 4
Expo Orquídeas Lisboa, Jardim Zoológico de Lisboa, Praça Marechal Humberto Delgado, Lisbon, Portugal
March 3
Wessex Orchid Society Spring Show, Porchester Community School, White Hart Ln., Portchester, Fareham, UK
March 3
North of England Orchid Society Auction, Community Hall, Manchester Rd., Rixton with Glazebrook, Warrington, Cheshire, UK

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Pacific Orchid Expo 2018

Posted February 26th, 2018 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Events, Growing Orchids in San Francisco, Photos

Lycaste skinneri var. alba, orchid species flowers, monja blanca (white nun), national flower of Guatemala, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaMormodia Catasetum hybrid, orchid flowers, almost black flowers, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaDendrobium cuthbertsonii, miniature orchid species flowers, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Vanda Robert's Delight 'Garnet Beauty' FCC/AOS, orchid hybrid flowers, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaPaphiopedilum hybrid flowers, Lady Slipper orchids, over a dozen Lady Slipper flowers, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaProsthechea sima, orchid species flower, aka Anacheilium simum, aka Encyclia sima, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

San Francisco celebrated another wonderful Pacific Orchid Expo this past weekend. A first pass through my photos has yielded these stunning blooms from the event. Now in its second year at the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, the show is smaller than it was for many years at Fort Mason’s larger facility. However, it’s easy to see that the quality has not diminished one bit. The show is always full of brilliant exhibits, new sights, and euphoric orchid lovers. Among the improvements this year, Dave and I appreciated that many displays used black cloth as backdrops, which made taking pictures much easier. Check back here soon for more photos!

Bulbophyllum burfordiense, weird orchid species flower, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaPhalaenopsis hybrids, Moth Orchid flowers, Phals, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaLaelia Canariensis 'Golden Glow'

Orchid display, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California Cymbidium Mainstem 'Stars and Stripes', orchid hybrid flowers, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaLaelia lundii, orchid species flower, Pacific Orchid Expo 2018, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California