• Fermilab Plants Rare Native Orchids

    AboutOrchids Mar 18, 2018 | 15:00 pm

    What do rare orchids and particle physics have in common? The folks at Fermilab are in the business of subatomic discoveries, but they’re also part of a project to restore native prairie. On their campus outside of Chicago, they’ve been bringing back native plants like the Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid. This species is endangered throughout […]

  • Why the Conservation of Orchids Is No Simple Matter

    AboutOrchids Mar 13, 2018 | 01:25 am

    The Smithsonian illustrates why orchid conservation is tricky. Orchid seeds require a symbiotic fungus to grow, so saving seeds isn’t enough. Experts need to understand each orchid species’ relation to its essential fungi. “First you have to find the fungus,” says Smithsonian botanist Melissa McCormick, “then you have to figure out what it is, and […]

  • More Photos from the Pacific Orchid Expo

    AboutOrchids Mar 9, 2018 | 03:35 am

    There aren’t enough superlatives to do justice to the Pacific Orchid Expo. These photos, and those in the first post, are just a drop in the bucket of the plants that recently adorned the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. Every year, the show features extravagant colors, rich perfumes, and fascinating orchid diversity. With […]

  • New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show Begins Today

    AboutOrchids Mar 3, 2018 | 19:26 pm

    Tropical beauty abounds at the New York Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Show, running from March 3rd – April 22nd. Check out a preview of the floral artistry in the video below. Visitors can enjoy the blooms during regular daytime hours, or with music, dancing, and cocktails during Orchid Evenings.

  • March Orchid Shows

    AboutOrchids Mar 1, 2018 | 17:12 pm

    March is a busy month for orchids, with events on every continent (ok, except Antarctica.) Majors shows are happening in Taiwan, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Montreal, Paris, and Shanghai. All of these events are great opportunities to enjoy amazing flowers. March 2 – 3 Englewood Area Orchid Society Show & Sale, Englewood United Methodist Church, […]

  • Pacific Orchid Expo 2018

    AboutOrchids Feb 27, 2018 | 00:23 am

    San Francisco celebrated another wonderful Pacific Orchid Expo this past weekend. A first pass through my photos has yielded these stunning blooms from the event. Now in its second year at the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, the show is smaller than it was for many years at Fort Mason’s larger facility. However, […]

  • 66th Pacific Orchid Expo Is Coming This Weekend

    AboutOrchids Feb 21, 2018 | 05:56 am

    The 66th Pacific Orchid Expo takes place this weekend in San Francisco, February 23rd – 25th. This year’s theme is “Curiouser and Curiouser, Orchids in Wonderland.” It’s one of the largest orchid shows in the world, and features tens of thousands of orchids, as well as other fascinating plants. It’s truly a wonderful sight, and […]

  • Orchid Photo of the Week

    AboutOrchids Feb 18, 2018 | 01:55 am

    The American Orchid Society (AOS) invites orchid lovers to submit their digital photos as candidates for the Orchid Photo of the Week. One picture is selected each week to feature on the AOS homepage. Photos must be posted to the AOS Flickr group (it’s free to open a Flickr account if you don’t already have […]

  • Valentine Orchid Care

    AboutOrchids Feb 14, 2018 | 05:45 am

    Now that you have a beautiful Valentine orchid, what do you do with it? Don’t panic! Most orchids don’t deserve their difficult reputations. A few care tips can help you keep your orchid happy. Identify your orchid – Moth Orchids, like the three in the row of photos above, are the most popular. Lady Slippers […]

  • The Orchid I Want For Valentine’s Day

    AboutOrchids Feb 11, 2018 | 23:08 pm

    At AboutOrchids, we love all types of orchids, but some really stand above the rest. For example, the stunning Lady Slipper ornament pictured below is a priceless antique, full of gold, diamonds, and rubies. If it weren’t locked up in a museum, it could be a great Valentine’s Day gift. Dave spotted this beauty at […]