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Longwood Gardens hosts International Orchid Show and Sale, March 30 to April 1
An expanded orchid display will be featured at Longwood through May 13.
Longwood Gardens (December 23, 2006)
KENNETT SQUARE, PA – Spectacular orchids fill Longwood Gardens when the world’s premier horticultural showplace hosts the Longwood Gardens International Orchid Show & Sale March 30-April 1, 2007. Sponsored by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Orchid Society (SEPOS), the three-day judged show will feature exhibits by regional orchid societies and renowned vendors. The weekend show is the first event in Longwood’s new expanded orchid display, running through Mother’s Day, May 13. Featuring thousands of blooms throughout the conservatory, Longwood showcases the revered orchid with innovative displays, interesting talks and tours, and memorable exhibits. Orchid Show & Sale Set in Longwood’s magnificent Conservatory, the judged International Orchid Show will feature 30 exhibits by regional orchid societies and popular vendors. The show free with Garden admission and is open Friday, noon-6 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 9 am-6 pm. The Orchid Sale will include 16 vendors from the Continental U.S., Hawaii, and South America offering a wide selection of orchids that will delight both novice and expert growers. The sale, located in Longwood’s Special Events Pavilion, is free with Garden admission and is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm. Vendors participating include A & P, Andy’s Orchids, Celebrate Orchids, Create A Scene, Ecuagenera, Fishing Creek, H&R Nurseries, Kelly’s Korner, Lois Duffin Orchids, Miranda Orchids, Parkside Orchid Nursery, Stony Brook Orchids, The Five Senses, The Orchiphile, Waldor Orchids, Woodstream Orchids and more. In addition to the show and sale, Longwood is offering a number of informative talks, lectures and special events throughout the weekend spotlighting orchids from around the world. Talks include The Ocean’s on the Left—Orchids of The West Coast; Orchids, Whales and Polar Bears—Orchids of Canada; Orchids, Snakes and ‘Gators—Orchids of the Deep South and Backyard Surprises—Orchids of Pennsylvania. Visitors can also explore lectures on Beginner and Advanced Orchid Culture for Oncidium and for Cypripedioidea orchids. Special lunchtime programs include a lecture and a buffet lunch in Longwood’s elegant Ballroom. Reservations are required for the lunch programs, call 610 388-1000 ext 100 for details. Finally, find out what it takes to grow prize-winning orchids with free guided show tours, given by Orchid Society members. A photo exhibit of orchids native to North America depicts the unique form, texture and amazing color of these special varieties. A special evening Gala is slated for Saturday, March 30 including a buffet dinner, dancing among the orchids and special orchid presentations and tours. The evening begins at 6 pm and reservations are required. For information, contact SEPOS at www.sepos.org. The three-day International Orchid Show & Sale begins an expanded orchid display at Longwood, running through May 13. Enjoy a variety of blooming orchids throughout Longwood’s indoor conservatory, including special displays, talks and tours. Learn more about Longwood’s impressive orchid collection, which includes 9,000 plants. About Longwood Gardens Longwood Gardens is the world’s premier horticultural display garden, offering 1,050 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows; 20 outdoor gardens; 20 indoor gardens within 4 acres of heated greenhouses; 11,000 different types of plants; spectacular fountains; extensive educational programs including horticultural career training and internships; and 800 horticultural and performing arts events each year. Longwood opens daily at 9 am and closes at 6 pm. The Terrace Restaurant and Gardens Shop are also open daily. Adult admission is $14 ($10 on Tuesdays), $6 ages 16-20, $2 ages 6-15, and free under age 6. For information, call 610-388-1000 or write to: Longwood Gardens, PO Box 501, Kennett Square PA 19348-0501. Complete information is available online at www.longwoodgardens.org.