The Genesee Region Orchid Society will host its annual orchid show this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 23-25, in the Eisenhart Auditorium at the Rochester Museum and Science Center.
Bill Renick, the Education Coordinator for the Genesee Region Orchid Society, discussed what you can expect to see at this year’s show Friday during News 8 at Sunrise.
“We actually have exhibits put on that different members of the Society or some of the different vendors will put on, so you’ll have formalized displays,” said Renick. “We’ll have a judging session where the American Orchid Society will go and judge. We’ll have ribbon judging and judging for the American Orchid Society. And then you’ll also have our vendors. Our vendors will be dispersed throughout the displays so you’ll be able to buy any one of these orchids you see here. If you’re running short of supplies, we’ll have Kelly’s Korner providing orchid medias, barks, pots, all of the stuff you need for maintaining your orchids, fertilizers, everything you need.”
Renick displayed several types of orchids during the conversation. “You see a very nice diverse range. We have a Phalaenopsis. This is called a Dendrochilum wenzelii which is a wonderful little plant with little blossoms. The Angrecums, you see a lot of those in Africa. And right here we have, we call it an Equitant, or some people will call it a dancing lady orchid because if you look at it, it looks kind of like a bunch of little dresses with the ladies dancing.”
Depending upon the type of orchid, it will bloom at different times of the year. “I have a diverse collection of about 60 or 70 orchids and the reason I have so many is that I want something in bloom year round,” Renick said. “So I usually have a minimum of two or three orchids. This time of year, which is one of the main blooming seasons – why we have our orchid show, nice variety – I can have up to six to seven orchids in bloom at one time.”
You can purchase your tickets to this year’s Orchid Show at the door right at the RMSC. If you go online you can print off a flyer with a dollar off coupon, and find more information, click here.