“Swamped With Orchids”

Its hard to believe that another orchid show is almost here. Next Thursday I will be carrying 20 or so blooming orchids to the NC Arboretum to put in the WNC Orchid Society exhibit. I never know what I will have blooming from year to year but there are always a lot of orchids blooming. The reason so many orchid shows are scheduled this time of year is because the peak time of bloom is late winter into early spring.

Our show this year is our largest with 10 vendors and 5 orchid societies represented. There will be thousands of blooms to look at in the exhibits and many rare and unusual orchids to purchase in the vendor hall. I am determined this year not to add to my collection of over a thousand orchids.(Can you say “obsession” and “out of control”?) It will be really hard but my goal over the next two years is to cut my current collection in half and concentrate on the orchids I really want to grow and bloom well.

The 1889 whitegate inn greenhouse will hopefully not be as crowded the next time our guests visit. I will also be more willing to sell some of these plants to those guests who are always asking to buy an orchid as a memento of their stay at the white gate inn.

Another great aspect of the annual show is our lecture series scheduled throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. You can learn everything from basic “how to grow orchids” to specific talks on types of orchids and their culture. I always recommend the American Orchid Society’s web site for any information you may need on any orchid you may want to learn more about. You can even download culture sheets on any type 0f orchid.

We will be posting a photo album of orchids grown in the whitegate inn asheville greenhouse for you to enjoy on our Facebook page.