Spectacular plants at this show

Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Tropical Fern and Exotic Plant Society's show, currently in the Garden House, is displaying dramatic and beautiful plants this year. Always a show that offers something for everyone, the array of ferns, bromeliads, orchids, crotons, and begonias is off-the-charts lovely. Here are the top winners:

Best of Show.

Best of show went to Dr. Jeff Block's Anthurium magnificum, which holds up three unblemished and perfectly grown velvet leaves and one inflorescence.

Best flowering plant was awarded to a small but stunning Globba 'Blue Hawaii' that Ree Gardens entered.

Best Florida native: Campyloneurum angustifolia, a beautiful fern submitted by Glenda and Larry Weeds. A strap-leaf fern, this species is found in Florida, the West Indies and northern South America.

Most unusual: Nephrolepis exaltata 'suzi Wong', a soft green fern so delicate it reminded one judge of green cotton candy. This is a distant relative of Boston fern, but you'd never know by looking.

Best fern could only go to the stunning staghorn grown by Tom

Best Fern.

Moore, Platycerium wandae. This giant specimen will take your breath away. Native to New Guinea, this is the largest of the staghorns, and the effort to display it must have been mighty, indeed.

The Sweepstakes ribbon was claimed by Marie and Steve Nock of Ree Gardens who rounded up the most blue ribbons.

There are vendors offering myriad tropical and subtropical plants, including caladiums, aroids, begonias, flowering trees, staghorns, and much more. The show runs through Sunday, and hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.