published March 2, 2012

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The AOS Exhibit at the 2011 Philadelphia Flower Show.

The late winter orchid season offers several worthwhile events at gardens and flower shows.

Philadelphia Flower Show 2012
Sharing in the Spirit of Aloha
Sunday, March 4 – Sunday, March 11, 2012

A tropical retreat awaits visitors where they can see, touch and smell the beauty of Orchid flowers ‘up close and personal’. American Orchid Society members share their plants, knowledge and expertise to all who wish to learn about these exotic beauties. AOS members from around the country are involved in the staging and staffing of this interactive exhibit with the goal of spreading their infectious enthusiasm to all who will listen. Features include artistic compositions of potted and mounted specimens of exotic species, old and modern hybrids along with a supporting cast of rare and exotic tropical plants. Miniature orchids in terrariums shall enamor with their delicate forms, brilliant colors and architectural detail. Ongoing demonstrations shall further the AOS goals of supporting Orchid Culture, Education and Conservation.

Orchid plants and volunteers are needed for the AOS exhibit. Please contact Michael Bowell at mwb@createascene.com or Lynn Fuller at mlfuller@comcast.net .

For general event information see www.theflowershow.com


Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, NC (near Charlotte) opened their Orchid Spectacular on January 20 which runs through March 18. This year's theme is the nineteenth century orchid explorers. The DSBG's four-year-old Orchid Conservatory offers the perfect setting for the Orchid Spectacular. The North Carolina Piedmont Orchid Society (NCPOS) Show and Sale, February 24-26, is part of the event and will include AOS judging.

See www.dsbg.org for additional information.


The New York Botanical Garden's Orchid Show runs from March 3-April 22, 2012. From their website... "Renowned botanist and vertical gardening provocateur Patrick Blanc creates towering spectacles of tropical life. Dangling from Blanc's signature ''green walls,'' thousands of orchids abandon the constraints of gravity. In an explosion of alluring color and fragrance, exotic plant walls rise high above the Conservatory's Reflecting Pool and Seasonal Exhibition Galleries."

For more information see www.nybg.org