May 31- June 2, 2013
At the Winchester Mystery House (R)
Orchid Sales . Wine Tasting(includes commemorative Wine Glass) $18.00
Beginner Orchid Growing Skill Sessions
Orchid Conservation Benefit Reception
$5.00 ADMISSION Saturday & Sunday
$10.00 Admission Friday Preview Night Evening Reception
Very simply the best people to equip you with the proper knowledge and resources to be successful with your new orchid plant are exactly those people that hybridized and/or grew that same plant to maturity. So we've eliminated the middle-person and bring you up close and personal with professionals who are expert growers renowned for their success in top-quality orchid breeding and orchid culture.
The ability to interface with masters of the orchid propagation world in an unhurried casual atmosphere is an insanely wonderful privilege. And now our new home at the WInchester Mystery House gives us ample free parking for our guests!
Support Local Orchid Growers
Supporting our local orchid growers is an essential part of orchid conservation. Orchid growers maintain a heathy share of orchid species in their collections for breeding purposes and in many cases help us discourage natural collection of the same species from the wild as their better breeding of the same species will be far superior from an ornamental standpoint than their native cousins.
Now that you understand the role of REAL ORCHID GROWERS in the grand scheme of the orchid's future among us make it a point to purchase orchids from quality orchid growers that are contributing to species preservation by better breeding of species and also by creating new exciting hybrids with exceptional vigor to thrive under a wide variety of conditions.
Let's face it if we rely on the general public to build expensive green houses as special facilities to preserve orchids for future generations we are facing a lost cause. It's hard enough to purchase a piece of property for a house let alone a greenhouse. So the future of orchids in mainstream society rests with the average person's ability and interest to successfully grow orchids in the home and in protected areas outdoors in their backyards, patios and limited exterior living spaces.
Thankfully because there are upwards of 40,000 species and a rapidly growing count of tens of thousands of hybrid orchids, there is likely to be a nice variety of orchids to thrive under your conditions in all but the most unusual circumstances.
We want to especially thank Eric Hunt for letting us use his photography these past five years for promotion of the SJOE in an effort to help raise funds for orchid conservation. Visit Eric's other awesome pictures at www.orchidphotos.org
photo (directly below) Epidendrum hybrid Pacific Sunsplash 'Gnarly' is copyright Cal-Orchid 2010. All rights reserved. These are hardy plants for a sunny windowsill or frost protected location outdoors. Put on your sunglasses these neon rainbow drenched Epi's are going to knock your eyes out.