Events are Blooming All Over

This week we head into spring with a selection of flower shows. It is still a few weeks away for official spring but it seems like the cloak of winter is getting ready to come off. Flowers are an excellent way to bring a little “spring” into a one’s mood and that explains why so many are taking place right now.

This week, two shows get my “special mention” and they are the Philadelphia Flower Show and the Longwood Gardens Orchid Extravaganza. Exquisite is a word that comes to mind when you see the flowers at these shows. They take your breath away with the landscape designs, color combinations and amazing varieties. You will see flowers you never even knew existed in colors you will never see anywhere else on earth.  This is not just a “girl” thing.( I haven’t been called a girl in about 100 years so I know where of I speak). These shows are an appreciation of beauty and that knows absolutely no gender boundaries.

The remaining shows are all orchid shows. I must admit that I have a special place in my heart for orchids because I have fond memories of them. But I chose them because I thought that I might try showcasing all the same event, taking place at various locales throughout the U.S. this week. Flowers are a universal theme. I fear that in this fast paced electronic world we live in, we just don’t take enough time to stop and smell the orchids. (I know it’s actually “roses” in the expression but I need a little license here since there weren’t any rose shows this week).  As always, I list here events that I think are interesting taking place all over the U.S.. For events in your backyard, please use the search box above. Grab a friend, buddy, significant other or just someone else who likes flowers and get yourself out to a sweet smelling event this week.

Philadelphia Flower Show

Mar 02, 2013 – Mar 10, 2013

Philadelphia Convention Center Philadelphia, PA US 19102

Since 1829, one of the largest and most prestigious indoor flower shows in the world. The Philadelphia Flower Show week will pay tribute to Philadelphia’s Horticultural Heritage, 60 major exhibits and 130 vendors.
275,000 Attendees

Terrebonne Orchid Society Show

Mar 08, 2013 – Mar 10, 2013

Southland Mall Houma, LA US 70364

Since 1983, this orchid show will feature a variety of exhibits with 17 exhibitors, and judging of the displays and orchid sales.

International Orchid Festival

Mar 08, 2013 – Mar 10, 2013

Fairchild Tropical Garden Miami, FL US 33156

Since 2002. More than eight acres of orchid vendors displaying various species of orchids along with lectures, walking tours, great food and entertainment.

Orchid Extravaganza

Jan 24, 2013 – Mar 31, 2013

Longwood Gardens Kennett Square, PA US 19348

Orchid Extravaganza is an extraordinary blend of horticulture and artistry, showcasing 5,000 orchids displayed in many artistic forms. Wander through our 4-acre Conservatory to discover hanging orbs, a tiered chandelier, an overflowing archway and urns full of colorful orchids. Explore our Orchid House where our historic collection of diverse species and hybrids are displayed in bloom.

Atlanta Orchid Society Show

Mar 08, 2013 – Mar 10, 2013

Atlanta Botanical Garden Atlanta, GA US 30309

Presented by the Atlanta Orchid Society this show features 100’s of unique orchids on display along with experts offering growing and maintenance techniques.

West Shore Orchid Society Show

Mar 09, 2013 – Mar 10, 2013

Strongsville Recreation Center Strongsville, OH US 44136

Seminars and education briefings on the care and growing tips for orchids. See the beautiful displays and experience the allure of this tropical plant.

Mount Baker Orchid Society Show

Mar 09, 2013 – Mar 10, 2013

Skagit Valley Gardens Nursery Mount Vernon, WA US 98260

Bring your camera, there will be hundreds of beautiful and unique orchids on display along with experts offering growing and maintenance techniques.

Coral Gables International Orchid Festival

Mar 08, 2013 – Mar 10, 2013

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Coral Gables, FL US 33156

Since 2003. Choose from over 10,000 orchid plants from vendors from around the world. Explore the wonder of orchids during our garden workshops and walking tours. Marvel at rare orchid species in the American Orchid Society juried show, presented by the Orchid Society of Coral Gables. Enjoy wonderful food and live entertainment from Ohana Arts, Solar Dogs, Whainy Bee and Hal Roland!

Maryland Orchid Society Show at the Maryland Home and Garden Show

Mar 08, 2013 – Mar 10, 2013

Maryland State Fairgrounds Timonium, MD US 21093

During the Maryland Home and Garden Show this weekend, don’t miss the ever popular and beautiful Orchid Show and Sale with thousands of orchids to see and buy. Attendees come every year to get a glimpse of the beauty of these incredible flowers. You can then buy some by choosing from several thousand orchids to make a beautiful statement in your home.

Alamo Orchid Society Show

Mar 08, 2013 – Mar 10, 2013

San Antonio Garden Center San Antonio, TX US 78218

Friday the orchids are judged so on Saturday and Sunday you can see the winners. Exhibits feature some of the best orchids around these parts of Texas. Orchids will be available for purchase.

North Carolina Piedmont Orchid Society Show

Mar 08, 2013 – Mar 10, 2013

UNC Charlotte’s Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts Charlotte, NC US 28262

This event is juried and sanctioned by the American Orchid Society and begins with the American Orchid Societys judging of hundreds of varieties. From the intriguing Bulbophyllums to the colorful Cattleyas, orchids will be presented in displays. Hundreds of rare, special and spectacular orchids will be featured during this annual showcase following the AOS judging. The event also includes the sale of orchids and orchid supplies from the regions most respected growers. Additionally, guests can benefit from the knowledge of the experts on hand through a series of informal talks, tours and demonstrations that will be offered throughout the Show and Sale by members of the North Carolina Piedmont Orchid Society.

Denver Orchid Society Show

Mar 09, 2013 – Mar 10, 2013

Tagawa Garden Center Centennial, CO US 80016

The Orchid Doctor will be available to answer your orchid growing questions. A wide assortment of orchid plants will be provided. We will have Phalaenopsis, Dendrobiums, Miltonias, Cattleyas, Oncidiums, Paphiopedilums, Phragmipediums in a variety of colors, and Oncidium intergeneric hybrids, plus many more. Come early for the best selection. These are guaranteed to go fast.

Jacksonville Orchid Society Show and Sale

Mar 09, 2013 – Mar 10, 2013

Garden Club of Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL US 32204

Since 1945. If you think all orchids look like the corsage you gave your mother on Mother’s Day, you will be quite surprised at the beauty and variety of orchids on display. Colors are vibrant to subtle with a wide variety of colors (green, yellow, orange, purple to name a few). Sizes cover an equally wide range. Some require a magnifying glass to see and others may grow to four feet in height while producing a flower spike of six feet in length. You may see orchids that remind you of dancing ladies in hoop skirts, lady slippers, butterflies, spiders or moths.

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