WNCOS Orchid Show
Updated: Friday, March 22 2013, 08:47 AM EDT
The North Carolina Arboretum will herald spring with the Western North Carolina ORCHID SOCIETY ANNUAL SHOW. This is the premier orchid show in the southeast, and is free to Arboretum Society members or with the standard parking fee ($8 per personal vehicle). The show is open Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Thousands of orchids fill the Education Center of the Arboretum in this show. This year's theme, "The Lost World of Orchids," will be an adventure of the imagination. World-class orchid growers from around the country and regional orchid societies will fill the exhibition hall with dazzling color, exotic scents, and hints of faraway lands in carefully crafted displays.
Vendors will offer orchid supplies and plants for purchase, including the rare and hard-to-find. WNC Orchid Society members will be available to answer questions and provide orchid-growing advice, and educational programs will be offered throughout the weekend.
Programs during the Orchid Show include:
Noon - The History of Growing Orchids in Europe, by Keynote Speaker Jerry Fischer
1 p.m. - A Walk around the World of Orchids, by Marc Burchette of the WNC Orchid Society
2 p.m. - Orchids Are not Difficult, Just Misunderstood, by Linda Thorne of Seagrove Orchids
Noon - A Walk around the World of Orchids, by Marc Burchette of the WNC Orchid Society
1 p.m. - Decoding Dendrobiums: The Surprising Orchid You Thought You Knew, by Mark Reinke from Marble Branch Farms
2 p.m. - The Art of Repotting Your Orchid, by Cynthia Gillooly of Saracenna Design and B.B. Barns, The Garden Company
The Orchid Show is one of the most popular events hosted by The North Carolina Arboretum. Each year more than 494,000 visitors experience the Arboretum's gardens, trails, exhibits, shows and expos, educational programs, demonstrations and lectures, making it the eighth most-visited attraction in the state. The Arboretum's ability to meet its mission and enrich the visitor experience is made possible by a community of supporters-from members, volunteers and staff to state and local funds, tribute gifts, grants, and community partners.