"Orchids in the Mist" Spring Show

March 20, 2009 12:16:34 PM PDT
The Illinois Orchid Society celebrates the fragrances and exotic beauty of orchids during its spring show at the Chicago Botanic Garden on March 21 and March 22(News Release) The Illinois Orchid Society presents "Orchids in the Mist," their annual spring show, in which individual orchids in 128 classes vie for red, white and blue ribbons. Twenty-five entries will receive "best of class" green ribbons and the best appointed plant in the show will receive the Chicago Horticultural Society Award from American Orchid Society judges. Forty displays of orchids, from the rarest of species to cultivated hybrids, will be artistically arranged in Nichols Hall. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 22.

More than 20 orchid vendors will sell many orchid varieties. Supplies and equipment, books, pins, clothing and the society's custom bark mix and fertilizer will also be for sale. The Illinois Orchid Society will provide repotting services for $5. Joy Sloup of Suphattra's Clay Flowers will demonstrate creating clay flowers at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 22.

The Illinois Orchid Society holds its meetings, which are open to the public, on the second Sunday of the month. Meeting dates are subject to change. For more information on plant society meetings, call (847) 835-8284 or visit ChicagoBotanic.org/plantshows

Admission to the Chicago Botanic Garden is free; select event fees apply. Parking fees apply; free for Garden members. For more information about any of the Chicago Botanic Garden's programs and events, call (847) 835-5440, or visit ChicagoBotanic.org