The Massachusetts Orchid Society presents

Orchid Passion
2014 Annual Show and Sale

  October 31 - November 2

Be dazzled by incredible displays of blooming orchids and orchid-related artwork exhibited throughout Tower Hill’s Stoddard Education and Visitor Center. There will be potting and culture demonstrations, guided tours, sales featuring plants, supplies and orchid artwork, as well as a raffle.

Show Hours

Friday, Oct 31 – 1pm-5pm
Saturday, Nov 1 – 9am-5pm
Sunday, Nov 2 – 9am-4pm
 

This year’s theme showcases the world’s fascination with orchids. Orchids grow on every continent, except Antarctica, their flowers coveted for their eye-catching beauty and mysterious shapes. The history of orchid flowers can be traced back to ancient Greek and Roman times when people only knew of terrestrial (grow on the ground) orchids. In the 15th century in Mexico, epiphytes (grow on trees) were being cultivated for perfume and culinary use, vanilla extraction. By the end of the 18th century, 15 species of orchids, collected from the West Indies and China were grown at Royal Botanic Gardens in Great Britain. Today, whether to satisfy scientific pursuits or a hobbyist’s fancy, orchids are renowned throughout the world and people are passionate about adding new and different species and hybrids to their orchid collections.

There are thousands of different species of flowers, some still being discovered every day. The Royal Horticultural Society manages a database for more than 60K orchids. To celebrate the longevity of orchids, MOS will present a new trophy, The Heritage Award, to an orchid species identified or hybrid registered 50 or more years ago, such as Vanda Rothschildiana (coerulea x sanderiana), registered in 1931.

Workshop and Speaker Schedule

Friday, October 31

1:00pm - AOS Show Plant Judging Session - The public is welcome to listen in as the AOS judges evaluate plants in the show. This is a separate session apart from the show's ribbon judging.

Saturday, November 1

11:00am - Film - The Judge, the Hunter, the Thief and the Black Orchid (75 minutes)
1:00pm - Potting Techniques - Brian Leib, Massachusetts Orchid Society past president and member
2:00pm - Demystifying American Orchid Society Judging - Joanna Eckstrom, Massachusetts Orchid Society Chairman and American Orchid Society Judge
3:15pm - Miniature Orchids - Sasha Varsanofieva, Massachusetts Orchid Society past president and member

Sunday, November 2

11:00am - Film - The Judge, the Hunter, the Thief and the Black Orchid (75 minutes)
1:00pm - Orchids for Beginners - Brandt Moran, MOS Member
2:00pm - Potting Techniques - Brian Leib, Massachusetts Orchid Society past president and member

 

Presented by the Massachusetts Orchid Society