|Orchid Society of Coral Gables created this display from members' plants.|
Friday Fairchild was bustling with orchid lovers for the opening day of the 11th International Orchid Festival. The day was glorious, the plants were glorious, and the prices at vendor booths were generous. Coalition for Orchid Species took first place for tabletop displays, while the big display put on by the Orchid Society of Coral Gables was chock full of eye-catching flowers, including Blc. Pamela Finney ‘Big Bull,’ which was named best Cattleya alliance.
|Best Dendrobium went to Soroa Orchids.|
Vendors are required to create tabletop displays, and these were judged as well. Carmella Orchids had a wonderful red best-in-show Broughtonia; Soroa Orchids displayed a crystalline Dendrobium anosmum var. alba that snagged best Dendrobium. R.F. orchids had best Vanda about the size of a cereal bowl, but also a perfectly wonderful Epi. stamfordianum ‘Crownfox Jewel’ with numerous spikes of small flowers arching around their basket. This is the season for paphiopedilums, and several Paph. St. S within hybrids received awards. Carmella Orchids also received one of these. There are many more awarded plants and blue ribbons, so take your time when you visit the Garden House.