• You’re Invited to Orchids in the Park This Weekend

    AboutOrchids Jul 17, 2018 | 02:55 am

    Don’t miss Orchids in the Park this weekend!  The SF Orchid Society’s summer show and sale is happening Saturday & Sunday, July 21 – 22, at the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. These photos are a small sample of the incredible sights from last year’s event (see more from last year here and here.) […]

  • Kilauea Eruption Downsizes Big Island Orchid Growers

    AboutOrchids Jul 14, 2018 | 04:10 am

    For many people, life has changed on Hawaii’s Big Island since Kilauea’s latest eruption began in May. Among the property damage, the Honolulu Star Advertiser highlights an orchid business which lost greenhouses and plants. Other growers in the area have also been affected. Besides the threat of flowing lava, volcanic gases can be dangerous for […]

  • Beautiful But Thorny at the Ruth Bancroft Garden

    AboutOrchids Jul 9, 2018 | 02:30 am

    Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, California is packed with incredible cacti and succulents. As my mother-in-law said, “This garden just screams OUCH!” Spines, thorns, and barbs abound, along with stunning flowers, brilliant leaf colors, and striking plant forms. The 2.5 acre (1 hectare) public garden features thousands of drought tolerant plants, from tiny succulents […]

  • July Orchid Shows

    AboutOrchids Jul 2, 2018 | 03:33 am

    Orchid events are happening from San Francisco to Sweden to South Australia this month. Don’t miss these great opportunities to enjoy incredible flowers, take photos, talk to experts, and buy orchids. July 4 – 6 Newcastle Orchid Society Show, Stockland Jesmond, Blue Gum Rd., Jesmond, NSW, Australia July 5 – 6 Maitland & Coalfields District […]

  • The Illegal Orchid Trade And Its Implications for Conservation

    AboutOrchids Jun 28, 2018 | 04:13 am

    Illegal trade in wild orchids threatens many species with extinction. The first global study of the topic has been conducted by the IUCN Orchid Specialist Group’s Global Trade Programme. Orchids are being over-harvested from the wild for ornamental, medicinal, and food uses. Many are disappearing. In addition, endangered plants don’t receive as much attention as […]

  • Solstice Orchid Magic

    AboutOrchids Jun 22, 2018 | 03:44 am

    In this turbulent world, it can be easy to forget that there is beauty everywhere. Yes, it’s a cliché, but it remains true. And if you can’t find beauty in your immediate vicinity, then you can certainly find it in these orchid photos. Let nature’s restorative powers work their magic. Happy solstice.

  • Which Ones Are Butterfly Orchids?

    AboutOrchids Jun 19, 2018 | 03:55 am

    Which ones are Butterfly Orchids? Well, they all are. These very different plants have each been dubbed Butterfly Orchids, and that can be confusing. Common names vary, and that’s why scientific names are so important. With scientific names, everyone in the world can know they’re talking about the same plant. Common names are great for […]

  • Orchids That Look Like Animals

    AboutOrchids Jun 13, 2018 | 21:48 pm

    Check out 11 orchid flowers that look like animals, including humans, at Looseferspeaks.com. Bee Orchids, Monkey Orchids, and Flying Duck Orchids earn their names honestly. There are also Moth Orchids, Dancing Lady Orchids, and more. They all appear to stretch the definition of what a flower can be.

  • Now Blooming in Our Garden

    AboutOrchids Jun 7, 2018 | 03:44 am

    When Dave and I moved to Pacifica a few years ago, our new home had a very sad front lawn, dead but for the weeds. Over time, we’ve put in a garden full of succulent plants and drought-tolerant natives. This spring, it’s full of life, with lots of colorful blooms, and a steady parade of […]

  • June Orchid Shows

    AboutOrchids May 31, 2018 | 18:12 pm

    From New Orleans to Calgary, from Adelaide to Guatemala City, orchids are beloved around the world. Check out this month’s listings to find events near you. June 1 – 3 New Orleans Orchid Society Show & Sale, Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, Louisiana June 1 – 3 Long Island Orchid Society Festival, […]