Hear speakers during expanded Orchid Show at Botanical Gardens

November 8, 2016
orchid at Buffalo Botanical Gardens

Photo courtesy Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens by Nancy Boeck

You can hear international speakers, see orchid vendors from across the United States and view spectacular judged orchid displays in an expanded fall Orchid Show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo.

Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 and 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13.

The show is presented by the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society and the Botanical Gardens.

The special features this year are by special arrangement with the Mid-America Orchid Congress (MAOC), a network of orchid clubs dedicated to the preservation and propagation of orchids. The group is holding its conference at a hotel in Buffalo with hundreds of orchid enthusiasts from around the U.S. as well as from around the world.

They will share exhibits, a vendor display and speakers with the public at the Botanical Gardens.

Access to the orchid exhibits and vendors on both days, as well as orchid demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, is included with regular admission to the Botanical Gardens: $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (ages 55 and older) and students (ages 13 and older with ID), $5 for children ages 3-12 and free for Botanical Gardens members and children 2 and under.

Outdoor food trucks will also be at the Botanical Gardens on Saturday.

The public may also hear growers from the United States and Ecuador speak about the culture and care of orchids on Saturday with the purchase of a $25 All Day Speaker Pass. You can buy the All Day Speaker Pass here.

The speakers will be:

  • Jose ‘Pepe’ Portilla from Ecuagenera will speak about the 2017 22nd World Orchid Conference in Ecuador.
  • Inge Poot, American Orchid Society Emeritus Judge, will speak about the orchid genus Stanhopea.
  • Glen Decker will speak about the orchid genus Phragmipedium kovachii and its hybrids.
  • Bob Snyder, Botanical Gardens volunteer and historian, will speak about the history of the Botanical Gardens.

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