Thursday, September 27, 2007

Orchid Show Highlights Award-Winning Plants

News Release

Contacts: Micaela Solis, Vice President: (951) 315-6364
e-mail: orchids

Southland Orchid Show Highlights Award-Winning Plants

SAN MARINO, Calif., Sept. 26, 2007 – The third annual Southland Orchid Show will be held Oct. 19-21, 2007, at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108.

“The Southland Orchid Show is the longest-running orchid show on the Pacific Coast sanctioned by the American Orchid Society. This year’s show promises to wow visitors,” said Bob Lauri, president of the Southland Orchid Show Committee, Inc.

“We will have unusual and interesting orchids, including the Bucket Orchid (Coryanthes) that captures bees in a bucket, forcing the bee to pick up pollen before releasing it. There will also be psychedelic-colored orchids such as Stanhopeas and Zygopetalums,” Lauri added.

The show’s theme, “Orchidelic,” will influence displays by six Southern California orchid societies. Also highlighted will be 15 exhibitors from around the world, orchids for sale, and cultural lectures to help dispel the myth that orchids are delicate and difficult to grow. Demonstrations of orchid-growing techniques will help orchid enthusiasts learn to grow beautiful, long-lasting plants. With over 20,000 species and thousands more hybrids, the show will feature orchids that can be grown as indoor houseplants, in greenhouses, and outdoors in coastal southern California.

A significant activity will be the judging of orchids by a team from the American Orchid Society, the Cymbidium Orchid Society of America and Southland Committee representatives. The teams of judges accomplish the challenging task the day before the show opens to the public [Members of the media are invited to attend the judging and interview judges by contacting Micaela Solis, Vice President, (951) 315-2849].

Judges will examine over 500 orchids to select the best representative of each class and section. The highest honored orchid will receive the “Grand Champion” award at a ceremony on Thurs., Oct. 18, 2007, at 7 p.m.

The Southland Orchid Show hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Entrance to the show is included in the $15 per person admission to The Huntington. Parking is free.


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