Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Orchid Society Plans, Plants for Annual Show

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Orchid Society Plans, Plants for Annual Show

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Janet Greenberg of Peters joined the Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania to learn how to take care of a lady slipper orchid she bought at an orchid show.

"By the end of my third year as a member, I had 72 orchids," she said.

The 250-member society is busy preparing for its annual orchid show March 21-22 at Phipps Garden Center, Fifth and Shady avenues, Shadyside.

The free show is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 21 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 22.

"The show is our major fundraiser of the year and helps us finance our speakers and special events throughout the year," said the group's president, Carolyn Bolton of Jefferson Hills.

"With about 25,000 species of orchids, our speakers have a lot to talk about," said Mrs. Greenberg, a four-year society member.

At the show, visitors can expect to see hundreds of orchids - tropical, non-tropical and even some that grow on trees in nature but have been trained to grow in pots. The orchids will also come in a wide variety of colors, except black or blue.

One section of the show will hold the orchid submissions judged by a panel of eight from the American Orchid Society, which will award ribbons for first-, second- and third-place finishers in each category as well as best of show.

"Anyone, including nonmembers, can enter an orchid for judging," Ms. Bolton said. "We'll also have a contest for orchid photographs, and the public can come in an hour early at 9 a.m. Sunday to take photos before the doors officially open at 10 a.m."

Over the course of both days, the show will feature seminars with titles like "What to Do with the Orchid You Just Bought" and "You Can Grow Slippers (Paphliopedilums) in Pittsburgh." A complete list of topics, times they're offered and other show information can be found on the society website, www.oswp.org.

In another section of the show, members and vendors will sell potted orchids, supplies, even orchid-themed jewelry. The society will also have an exhibit that outlines the history of the organization, plant raffles, even watercolors by society co-founder Greta Evans. …

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