Last weekend I was lucky enough to catch the Five Cities Orchid Society’s show and sale held at the community center in Arroyo Grande. At only $5 for admission, the orchid show is a steal and the sale portion is a room full of temptation. When I attend an orchid show, all my horticultural professional skills get tossed out a window. There is so much to see and awe over that I neglect to check names, cultural advice, etc. and simply desire everything I see. For this reason I tend to leave my wallet in the car (if I’m truly tempted, I can always go out and get it) and take only photos. Although I can sort of capture the beauty of the show in photographs, what I can’t bring you is the smell. The smell that hits you when you walk through the door is amazing. It’s a combined floral scent like no other. Here are some photos from the show. Clicking on images will enlarge them.
I hope you enjoyed the photos. You can find out more about the Five Cities Orchid Society at their website. They are very friendly folk and welcome visitors to their meetings. If you plan on going to their show, bringing non-gardening friends or spouses is not recommended. Non-gardening friends just don’t seem to understand the need to make the rounds, again… and again…and just once more.