September Orchid Shows

Posted September 1st, 2017 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Botanical Gardens, Events

Each month, I try my best to track down all the orchid shows I can in the English-speaking world, and also events in other languages I can handle. As many as I’ve found for this busy September, there are certainly more shows than this. So, if somehow you can’t find an event near you in this list, check with your local orchid society to find more.

September 1 – 2
Eurobodalla Orchid Club Spring Show, Narooma Sports and Leisure Centre, Blue Water Dr., Narooma, NSW, Australia
September 1 – 3
Kempsey Speciosum Spectacular, Macleay Valley Motor Cycle Track, Alverton St., Greenhill, NSW, Australia
September 1 – 3
Nambour Orchid Society Show, Uniting Church Hall, Coronation Ave., Nambour, Queensland, Australia
September 1 – 3
Childers Orchid Society Show, Isis Cultural Centre, Churchill St., Childers, Queensland, Australia
September 1 – 3
Mercado de Orquídeas, Instituto Allende, Ancha de San Antonio 22, Zona Centro, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
September 1 – 3
Expo Orquídeas de la Independencia, 6° y 5° pisos parqueo, Hospital Clínica Bíblica, Av. 16, calles 0 y 1, San José, Costa Rica
September 1 – 3
Exposição Orquídeas na Primavera, Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, Rua Jardim Botânico, 1008, Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
September 1 – 3
Exposição Nacional de Orquídeas de Jaboticabal, Estação de Eventos Cora Coralina, Rua Quintino Bocaiúva, 218-386, Jardim Bela Vista, Jaboticabal, São Paulo, Brazil
September 1 – 3
Exposição Nacional de Orquídeas de Alfenas, Sindicato Rural de Alfenas, Praça Melvin Jones, 154, Alfenas, Minas Gerais, Brazil
September 1 – 3
Exposição Nacional de Orquídeas de Barroso, Rua João Santiago n°71, Barroso, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park

Posted August 27th, 2017 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Botanical Gardens, Growing Orchids in San Francisco, Photos

Surely, we’re spoiled for orchids around here. Only a few weeks after Orchids in the Park, Dave and I headed over to Golden Gate Park again. This time, we went to the historic Conservatory of Flowers, and found lots of orchids and other stunning blooms.  Here are a few of the sights —

Conservatory of Flowers, view of front entrance and central dome of glasshouse, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaAquatic Plants room, water, reflections, glasshouse, tropical plants, vines, water lily pads, Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaPhragmipedium besseae, Lady Slipper flower, orchid species, Phrag, Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Green and purple bromeliad, colorful leaves, Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaCoelogyne orchid flowers, Aquatic Plants room, Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaSobralia orchid flower in Highland Tropics room, Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

The Conservatory consists of five separate rooms, each with a different climate zone. When we visited, the blooms included a brilliantly hued vireya rhododendron, and a dazzlingly variegated hibiscus. Plants with colorful foliage added even more to the tapestry. Orchids were well represented in the Aquatic Plants, Highland Tropics, Lowland Tropics, and Potted Plants galleries. Many of their beautifully grown orchids are rare species, so it’s a pleasure to see them thriving.

Vireya flowers, Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaMaxillaria reichenheimiana, unusual orchid species with white spotted leaves, beautiful foliage, Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaVariegated hibiscus flower, Aquatic Plants room, Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Looking up at tropical plants and colorful stained glass, Lowland Tropics room, Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaPaphiopedilum bellatulum, Paph, Lady Slipper flower, orchid species, Potted Plants gallery, Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaAquatic Plants Gallery, water, reflections, glasshouse, tropical plants, water lily pads, Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

As usual, I’ve got plenty of pictures, so check back soon for more. For anybody in the San Francisco Bay Area, resident or visitor, don’t miss the amazing botanical gems at the Conservatory of Flowers. And check out the flower power of the Conservatory’s popular, nightly light show, which runs until October 21st.

Wild Orchids of Victoria

Posted August 23rd, 2017 by Marc Cohen
Categories: In the News, QuickPost

Duck Orchids, Bluebeard Orchids, Helmet Orchids, and more! Victoria, Australia’s weird and wonderful orchids are highlighted in this article with a great photo gallery. To learn more about fascinating flora down under, check out the Australasian Native Orchid Society.

Even More from Orchids in the Park

Posted August 19th, 2017 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Events, Growing Orchids in San Francisco, Photos

Stanhopea wardii, close up of unusual flower lip, orchid species, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaRestrepia orchid flower, miniature orchid, flower close up, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaDendrobium laevifolium, orchid species flowers, miniature orchid, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

There was so much to enjoy at this summer’s Orchids in the Park that I still have plenty of photos to share. Longtime readers already know that my orchid tastes often run to the bizarre, the uncommon, or varieties that I’ve never seen in person before. So here are some of my freaky favorites from this year’s show.

Phragmipedium lindenii, Phrag, Lady Slipper orchid species, unusual flower, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaAnguloa flower, Tulip Orchid, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaAeranthes Jean Bosser, orchid hybrid with green flower, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Maxillaria marginata, orchid species flower, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaCirrhopetalum-type Bulbophyllum, orchid flowers, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaMasdevallia reginae, orchid species flower, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

I mentioned earlier that there were lots of Stanhopea and Sobralia flowers at the show, both types remarkable to see because of their notoriously short-lived blooms. But I also found a peculiar Lady Slipper species which I’d only known from pictures before, Phragmipedium lindenii. It lacks that defining pouch-like lip of its cousins (in other words, it’s a Lady Slipper without the slipper part.) A green, star-shaped Aeranthes, which is an Angraecum relative, was among the other unusual finds. And there are always plenty of strange Bulbophyllums. For yet another year, Orchids in the Park has maintained its tradition as an outstanding event, full of fascinating sights.

Brassavola cucullata, orchid species flower, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaBulbophyllum graveolens, orchid species flowers, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaCyrtochilum williamsianum, orchid species flower, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

A Bay Area Guide to Orchids and Their Culture

Posted August 12th, 2017 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Books, Growing Orchids in San Francisco

No matter where you live, every orchid lover needs A Bay Area Guide to Orchids and Their Culture by Mary E. Gerritsen and the San Francisco Orchid Society. This well-written book has hundreds of beautiful photos and lots of helpful orchid info. There are concise sections on care basics, explanations of the Bay Area’s varied microclimates, and lists of which orchids work best where. Don’t be fooled by the title — this book has more than the cool and intermediate orchids we’re lucky enough to grow outdoors here. It also has plenty of great info about warm growers, so it really is suited for everyone. Definitely add this one to your orchid reference library. Buy it from the Orchid Conservation Alliance, the British publisher Redfern Natural History Books, or Amazon. And if you’re not one already, this gorgeous book will turn you into an orchid addict!

orchid book

More Photos from Orchids in the Park

Posted August 6th, 2017 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Botanical Gardens, Events, Growing Orchids in San Francisco

How many botanical wonders can be found at Orchids in the Park? Lots!!! Here are more of our photos from this year’s event.

Schomburgkia thomsoniana x brysiana, Myrmecophila hybrid, orchid flowers, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaDoritaenopsis Kenneth Schubert, Moth Orchid hybrid flower with bluish purple color, Phal, Phalaenopsis, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaDendrobium helix, orchid species flower, Antelope Dendrobium with twisted petals resembling horns, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Oncidium tigroides, orchid species with small brown white and yellow flowers, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaDendrobium hellwigianum, miniature orchid species with small pink and orange flowers and grasslike leaves, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaThunia Gattonensis, orchid hybrid flower, close up of flower lip, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Big flowers or small, hybrid or species, fragrant or not — it’s just a tiny fraction of the orchid world’s diversity. The show included an Antelope Dendrobium, the aptly-named Dendrobium helix. There were also Coconut Orchids, Jewel Orchids, and an Oncidium species with small flowers that look like bumblebees. In other words, it was another great Orchids in the Park. I’m already looking forward to next year!

Maxillaria tenuifollia, Coconut Orchid, orchid species flowers, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaSchoenorchis gemmata, miniature orchid species with tiny flowers, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaMasdevallia corazonica, orchid species flowers, white flowers, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Dendrobium hekouense, miniature orchid species flower, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaLaelia purpurata 'Hot Night' AM/AOS, orchid species flower, close up of flower lip, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaLudisia discolor, Jewel Orchid, variegated leaves and flower spike, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

August Orchid Shows

Posted August 1st, 2017 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Botanical Gardens, Events

The Southern Hemisphere is the focus of this month’s schedule, but there are also events to enjoy in California, St. Louis, the UK, and Germany. Don’t miss these opportunities to celebrate orchids!

August 2 – 7
Orquídeas, Pájaros y Flores, Jardín Botánico Joaquín Antonio Uribe, Carrera 52, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
August 3 – 6
Five Dock RSL Orchid Society Show, Birkenhead Point Shopping Centre, Roseby St., Drummoyne, NSW, Australia
August 4 – 5
South West Orchid Society – Taunton Flower Show, Vivary Park, Taunton, Somerset, UK
August 4 – 5
Maroochydore Orchid Society Show, Community Centre, Millwell Rd. E., Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia
August 4 – 6
Manly Warringah Orchid Society Show, Dee Why RSL Club, Pittwater Rd., Dee Why, NSW, Australia
August 4 – 6
Sommerfest, Orchideengärtnerei Gerhard und Marianne Krönlein, Setzweg 4, Obereisenheim, Germany
August 4 – 6
Exposição Nacional de Orquídeas de Penápolis, Ginásio de Esportes Dr. Nagib Sabino, Penápolis, São Paulo, Brazil
August 4 – 6
Exposição Nacional de Orquídeas de Lagoa Santa, Colégio M2, Rua Vereador Ildeu Viana Matos, 273, Lagoa Santa, Minas Gerais, Brazil
August 4 – 6
Exposição Nacional de Orquídeas de Varginha, Rua João Paruci, 21, Jardim Zinoca, Varginha, Minas Gerias, Brazil
August 5 – 6
Harrogate Orchid Society Show, RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Ln., Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK

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Donations Being Doubled for Dracula Orchid Reserve

Posted July 28th, 2017 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Conservation, In the News

The Orchid Conservation Alliance (OCA) is happy to announce that the Rainforest Trust is doubling donations for the Dracula Orchid Reserve, an important nature sanctuary in Ecuador. Every contribution will be matched, dollar for dollar. The groups’ goal is to purchase 1450 acres (587 hectares) in one of the planet’s most important biodiversity hotspots. This rainforest in northern Ecuador is home to many rare plant and animal species, including lots of unusual Dracula orchids. You can help by donating to the OCA. The OCA is a non-profit organization, and donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Any amount is appreciated, and will go twice as far, thanks to the Rainforest Trust.

Orchids in the Park 2017

Posted July 24th, 2017 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Botanical Gardens, Events, Growing Orchids in San Francisco, Photos

Phalaenopsis orchid hybrid flower, Moth Orchid, Phal, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaPhalaenopsis orchid hybrid flower, Moth Orchid, Phal, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaPhalaenopsis cornu-cervi 'Red', Moth Orchid species flower, Phal, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Masdevallia mezae, orchid species flowers, pleurothallid, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaMyrmecophila orchid flower, Myrmecophila tibicinis or hybrid, Schomburgkia, flower petals with wavy edges, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, Californiapossibly Restrepia brachypus, orchid species flower, mini orchid, pleurothallid, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Year after year, Orchids in the Park is full of delights. Whether it’s the latest in Moth Orchid hybrids, or brilliant yellow Lycastes which smell like cinnamon, there’s lots for every orchid lover. I’m just starting to go through all the photos from this past weekend’s event, but it’s easy to see that it was a sensational show.

Stanhopea wardii, orchid species flowers, pendent flowers, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaSobralia flower, large orchid flower, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaLycaste aromatica hybrid, orchid hybrid flowers, fragrant yellow flowers, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Tolumnia Jairak Flyer 'Amaze', orchid hybrid flower, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaPaphiopedilum rothschildianum, orchid species flower, Lady Slipper, Paph, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaLaeliocattleya Sonitone 'Plum Sorbet', Cattleya orchid hybrid flower, Orchids in the Park 2017, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Among all these stunning blooms, Dave and I noticed lots of Sobralias and Stanhopeas on display this year. That’s a rarity, because both varieties have short-lived blossoms (some Sobralia flowers last less than a day!) They’re not often seen at shows, but this time, there was a bumper crop of both. I saw one vendor diligently misting his prize Stanhopea blooms to keep them fresh for the weekend. Fortunately, the flowers live on with these photos, and with more orchids to come in future posts.

Jewel Orchids

Posted July 22nd, 2017 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Growing, Mini Orchids, Photos, Watering

Is anything more opulent than a Jewel Orchid? These mini terrestrials are treasured for their striking foliage, which boasts beautiful vein patterns on satiny leaves. The first row of photos below shows Ludisias, the easiest and most commonly grown Jewel Orchids. They’re usually seen with dark purple leaves and bright pink stripes, but there are other dazzling color variations, also.

Ludisia discolor, orchid species with variegated leaves, Jewel Orchid, Pacific Orchid Expo 2010, San Francisco, CaliforniaLudisia discolor var. alba, orchid species with variegated leaves, Jewel Orchid, grown indoors in San Francisco, CaliforniaLudisia discolor var. nigrescens, orchid species with variegated leaves, Jewel Orchid, Pacific Orchid Expo 2012, San Francisco, California

Along with Ludisias, Jewel Orchid varieties include Macodes, Goodyeras, and Anoectochilus. Some kinds need special growing conditions, and are difficult or impossible to keep in cultivation. All need constant high humidity, which can be the most challenging aspect of their care. Give them bright light, but no full sun, and regular water. Many are warm growing tropicals, and do well in the moist air of terrariums. However, some Goodyera species are native to cold climates in North America, Scandinavia, Japan, or the Himalayas. There are an increasing number of hybrids on the market, and these are easier to grow than the species.

Macodes petola, orchid species with variegated leaves, Jewel Orchid, Pacific Orchid Expo 2007, San Francisco, CaliforniaGoodyera daibeniense, orchid species with variegated leaves, Jewel Orchid, Oakland Orchid Show 2010, CaliforniaMacodes lowii, orchid species with variegated leaves, Jewel Orchid, Pacific Orchid Expo 2011, San Francisco, California

Jewel Orchid varieties, orchids with variegated leaves, Orchids in the Park 2012, San Francisco, CaliforniaGoodyera hispida, orchid species with variegated leaves, Jewel Orchid, Pacific Orchid Expo 2012, San Francisco, CaliforniaAnoectochilus chapaensis, orchid species with variegated leaves, Orchids in the Park 2013, San Francisco, California

Jewel Orchids hold their small flowers high above their patterned leaves. Some are fragrant, but it’s that stunning foliage which always steals the show. There are other orchids with variegated or marbled leaves, like some Paphs and Oncidiums, but the term Jewel Orchid is properly used only for this family of mini terrestrials with tiny flowers. They’re fascinating gems of the orchid world.

Jewel Orchid, orchid with variegated leaves, Pacific Orchid Expo 2006, San Francisco, CaliforniaAnoectochilus lanceolatus, orchid species with variegated leaves, Orchids in the Park 2016, San Francisco, CaliforniaMacodes sanderiana, Jewel Orchid leaf close up, Pacific Orchid Expo 2012, San Francisco, California