• Summer Sale Benefits Orchid Conservation Alliance

    AboutOrchids Aug 20, 2018 | 03:08 am

    Would you buy a beautiful orchid to support a great conservation group? Head to San Mateo, California on Saturday, August 25th for a sale benefiting the Orchid Conservation Alliance (OCA.) Some of the Bay Area’s most talented growers are donating plants to help the superb work of the OCA. If you can’t make it to […]

  • Yes, There Are Orchids in Iceland

    AboutOrchids Aug 14, 2018 | 03:30 am

    In a chilly, windy July rain, near a trail with a long name, in between glaciers with longer names, orchids bloom in southern Iceland. Orchids near the Arctic Circle? In fact, orchids live just about everywhere on earth, including Iceland, which is home to seven native species. Two of them are shown here. The Heath […]

  • Rare Australian Orchids Thrive Despite Harsh, Dry Winter

    AboutOrchids Aug 8, 2018 | 14:47 pm

    Western Australia’s south coast is suffering through an exceptionally dry winter, but some rare native orchids are thriving anyway. Local orchid lovers are finding Queen of Sheba Orchids and other fascinating Australian natives despite the drought. With underground tubers to store water, these little terrestrials can handle some adversity. Orchid enthusiast Robert Tozer noted “Only about […]

  • August Orchid Shows

    AboutOrchids Aug 1, 2018 | 18:45 pm

    From Auckland to Zululand, there are orchid shows, festivals, fairs, auctions, extravaganzas, and spectaculars. Go to any one of them and enjoy gorgeous flowers. August 1 Santa Clara Valley Orchid Society Fall Auction, American Legion Hall, 1504 Minnesota Ave., San Jose, California August 3 Stawell Orchid Society Winter Show, Entertainment Centre, Main St., Stawell, Victoria, […]

  • More Photos from Orchids in the Park

    AboutOrchids Jul 29, 2018 | 22:44 pm

    San Francisco’s recent summer orchid show featured plenty of incredible sights. These photos highlight some amazing flowers on the strange fringes of the orchid family. They also demonstrate that no other flowering plant family can hold a candle to the astounding diversity of orchids. If we didn’t know better, would anybody guess that these organisms […]

  • Orchids in the Park Shines Again

    AboutOrchids Jul 24, 2018 | 16:16 pm

    Last weekend’s Orchids in the Park was another success. San Francisco’s summer orchid show featured great display tables, vendors, talks by experts, and more. This first set of photos just hints at the show’s riches. I’ve been growing and studying orchids for over two decades, and I can still reliably find fascinating colors, shapes, and […]

  • Native Orchids in the Wild and Online

    AboutOrchids Jul 22, 2018 | 04:30 am

    Lovers of North American native orchids won’t want to miss the Native Orchid Conference. This year’s event is happening July 26-30 at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Maryland. The annual conference features lectures and field trips to see native orchids in the wild. Online, you can find Everything You Need to Know About […]

  • 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 […]