In the Garden: Celebrate the beauty of orchids with a show and sale at SCC

In February, I attended the Northwest Flower & Garden Festival in Seattle for the first time in two years. All of the show gardens, exhibits, and displays were a sight to this gardener’s sore eyes, but it was the Northwest Orchid Society exhibit that I was particularly drawn to.

The fact that orchids were planted in and around a gorgeous Hartley botanical greenhouse didn’t hurt, but it was the beauty of the flowers that called me. Let’s face it, orchids are gorgeous, exotic and so varied. They exist throughout our planet, except Antarctica and arid deserts, in a wide range of sizes, colors and shapes.

Orchids will be celebrated locally at next weekend’s Orchid Show and Sale sponsored by the Spokane Orchid Society. The event, which returns after a two-year absence, will provide the perfect opportunity for attendees to get up close and personal with orchids and learn about their care. Even the modest $ 3 admission fee is easy on the budget.

Show sellers are Botanica, Jolah Orchids, Emerald City Orchids, Ken’s Pottery, and Courting Frogs Nursery. There will also be lectures and demonstrations on orchid culture and repotting. The program will be published on Participants are asked to bring all their plants that need to be repotted.

“Orchids entered for the show will be judged by American Orchid Society judges who have undergone extensive training,” said Spokane Orchid Society President Jim Pearce. “It’s really fun because the members will join the judges to see what they are looking at and why one plant is better than another. I tell the members that it is the best training they will ever have ”.

Orchid exhibitions will be organized by genus and grouped by similar plants. This allows the judges to compare the plants. It also helps show participants to look at different species within a single genus and see the differences between them.

With over 25,000 orchid species, it can be difficult to pick one – or two or three – to take home. Pearce offers wise advice so that attendees make the right choice and manage to grow them.

“First ask yourself what cultural conditions you have at home, then buy an orchid that meets those conditions,” she said. “We all have a tendency to buy the pretty one, but it might only last a couple of months, then die or not bloom again.

“Each orchid has certain cultural needs: they may require high or low light, warmer temperatures, higher humidity, or combinations of these conditions. If a person cannot satisfy the cultural needs of that orchid, he is doomed to fail. Society members and vendors can match you with the appropriate orchid. All you have to do is ask ”.

The Spokane Orchid Society meets in the Manito Park meeting room on the second Wednesday of every month, except in August and December, at 6pm. You can also ask questions on their website or Facebook group page listed under “Spokane Orchid Society Community”.

Susan Mulvihill is the author of “The Vegetable Garden Pest Handbook”. She can be contacted at Watch this week’s video at

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