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Old 01-28-2012, 08:51 AM
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Default Orchid Show This Weekend- MN

This weekend there's an orchid show at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. I've never been to any kind of orchid show before, so I don't know what to expect, but I just thought other Minnesotan members might like a heads up about it! Here are the details:

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Winter Carnival Orchid Show - Admission Fee Required
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1/28/2012 to 1/29/2012
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

During the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, all things cold are celebrated. One event stands out and gives attendees a way to escape to the tropics without even getting on a plane, the Winter Carnival Orchid Show at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory January 28 and 29.

Hundreds of orchid plants owned by individual and commercial orchid growers transform the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory into a tropical wonderland where instead of King Boreas, orchids rule. Besides witnessing the beautiful plants and displays, vendors will be offering plants and other wares.

The Orchid Society of Minnesota and the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory work together to exhibit the largest display of privately owned orchids in the region. The Winter Carnival Orchid Show is an American Orchid Society (AOS) judged event. Orchid judges from throughout the Midwest travel to Saint Paul to bestow awards and points.

Orchids are the largest family of flowering plants. One of the oldest and best organized of plant hobbies, orchid culture now enjoys worldwide popularity. Their incredible beauty and diversity captivate men and women of every walk of life.

The Winter Carnival Orchid Show will be held on January 28 and 29 at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in Saint Paul from 10am to 4pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12 ($1 off admission with Winter Carnival button).
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Old 01-28-2012, 04:00 PM
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Im heading to it in a few minutes. Didn't realize you were from MN. you should at least put mn in you location. Not alot of us up this way.
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Thanks for the heads up, I ended up picking up 3 smaller orchids for my new tank build. There certainly were some awesome plants there!
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Thanks for the heads up, I ended up picking up 3 smaller orchids for my new tank build. There certainly were some awesome plants there!
Oh good, I'm glad they have smaller orchids for sale! I'm going tomorrow morning, can't wait.
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Oh good, I'm glad they have smaller orchids for sale! I'm going tomorrow morning, can't wait.
Yeah there were a few tables that had some nice miniatures mounted to corkbark. I picked up 3 for 25 bucks from Oak Hill Gardens that should produce some cool looking flowers. Good luck hunting, the place was pretty crowded today!
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not much room for any more than the 5 or so vendors there. I picked up an oncidium and a barkeria for $30. if you haven't been to orchids limited's place in Plymouth yet you need to check it out. Tons of mini epiphites
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not much room for any more than the 5 or so vendors there. I picked up an oncidium and a barkeria for $30. if you haven't been to orchids limited's place in Plymouth yet you need to check it out. Tons of mini epiphites
Oh thanks, I'll have to check that place out!
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not much room for any more than the 5 or so vendors there. I picked up an oncidium and a barkeria for $30. if you haven't been to orchids limited's place in Plymouth yet you need to check it out. Tons of mini epiphites
Yeah I was actually going to finally head iut there this weekend but then I saw this. If I can keep these alive I'll certainly be heading to Plymouth for more.

Oh I picked up a Bulbophyllum sp., Cirrhopetalum caudatum, and Ascocentrum pumilium. If anyone checking this has any experience with the 2 that have species names I would be happy to learn some tips!
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I ended up getting two mini orchids when I was there. I was really surprised how crowded the place was.

I'm not sure how these orchids will do in a vivarium, but the sellers thought they would do well if allowed to dry between mistings.
This one is aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta. Really has no leaves, has spindly roots, and subtle green flowers.





Then chiloschista segawai. I think it looks like a super miniaturized phalaenopsis!



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Very cool, I like the look of those flowers. I hope they do well for ya!
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Very cool, I like the look of those flowers. I hope they do well for ya!
Thanks, and I hope yours work out too!
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Nice. The aerangis should do just fine. I have and aerangis kotschyana doing quite well. Looks nothing like that one. If i would have seen that one I would have grabbed one too. None of the mini epiphetics had any blooms on Sat and i ask if there was anything hideing behind tables as well not out front.
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Nice. The aerangis should do just fine. I have and aerangis kotschyana doing quite well. Looks nothing like that one. If i would have seen that one I would have grabbed one too. None of the mini epiphetics had any blooms on Sat and i ask if there was anything hideing behind tables as well not out front.
I think they were being very sneaky and hiding things behind the tables! Or they brought more from their greenhouses, because there were a few things with blooms on them on Sunday.

There was another chiloschista segawai that we were really uncertain about because the leaves looked damaged. We kept coming back to look at it, and then after a while the seller pulled out another one in perfect condition from behind the table! So I think they were hiding stuff so they always had something nice out to show.
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