My orchids are full of buds with more buds appearing each day and from the looks of it, I think it is going to be a glorious spring.
My fascination with orchids has gone on for a long time but I think it is mostly in my genes. It turns out the orchid is the official national flower of Colombia, my country of birth.
A few other facts about orchids can be found in an earlier post: The Lure of Orchids.
While spring is quite a few weeks away, this is the time when I plan my trips to attend upcoming Spring Flower and Orchid shows.
Here are a five locations where to see them:
1. The New York City Orchid ExhibitionNot that I need an excuse to visit NYC in the spring but it helps: the 2015 Orchid show will be held at the Botanical Gardens from Feb 28 - April 19. The theme is Chandeliers, which promises to have chandeliers beautifully decorated with orchids.
2. The Macy's Flower Spring ShowI cannot say enough about how much I enjoy the Macy's Spring Flower Show and this also applies to the Thanksgiving Parade as well as the Christmas window displays.
Yes, the Macy's Spring Flower Show is an exhibit you need to see at least once. I have seen it three times so far. The 2015 Macy's Flower show is from March 22 - April 4 and is called Step into the Secret Garden. The show is short and sweet, it only runs for two weeks but it is a true delight. Bring your camera and be ready for crowds but it will be well worth it.
Here are some suggestions for when you visit.
- Once you arrive in the store get a brochure so you learn where all the displays are on other floors and when the tours are taking place.
- If you have time go on a tour (free), it will give you a better appreciation for the display arrangements and what went into making the entire show possible.
- When you are done and before you leave, have a cup of coffee on the main floor up in the balcony so you can enjoy the view.
To see a time lapse of how Macy's put together the 2014 display, watch their video.
3. The Orchid Show in Washington DC2015 is the 20th Annual Orchid exhibition sponsored by the Smithsonian. This year the orchid show is being held at the Natural History Museum from Jan 24 - April 26. Every exhibition is around a theme, and this year they present how the advances in technology have contributed to how we study, preserve, and enjoy orchids. The 2014 exhibition was held at the U.S. Botanical Gardens and was called the Orchid Symphony. The show was exquisite and beautiful, a true visual delight.
4. The Maryland Orchid Society Annual Spring ShowThe Maryland orchid society show is fun. It showcases all the winners from the annual contest along with vendors that are happy to answer your questions regarding orchids. Last year I left with two new orchids to grow. The Maryland Orchid Society show will be March 6 - March 8.
5. The River Hill Garden Center orchids eventThis is a local garden shop that holds events throughout the year. River Hill Garden Center is a wonderful place with quite a variety of plants including tropical plants and beautiful crafts for purchase. This year will be my first time attending the orchids event happening on February 21 but the best part is that I will be able to ask my orchid questions of a local expert. I may even bring my Cattleya orchid that while alive and healthy has not flowered. I must be doing something not agreeable to the plant, but it is my first time trying this new family. I am successful at growing Phalaenopsis orchids of all colors but Cattleyas are still a challenge for me but they produce such beautiful flowers.
Yes, six more weeks of winter but I can bare it with the help of my orchids and the gorgeous flowers. They remind me of beautiful and alluring warm beaches in the tropics.
I hope you plan on attending one of your local spring flower events especially orchid shows, you will enjoy it.
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Wishing you all a warm winter and Happy Fabulous Travels in your neighborhood.