Bees nuzzle up to this trickster of an orchid (Ophrys apifera) thinking they've found a mate and unwittingly serve as pollinators. Photo by Stephen Hopkins63/Flickr.
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Learn about the amarous affairs of orchids and enjoy a special meal.
Join us for a special reception to celebrate the seductive power of orchids with a talk from orchid expert Carol Siegel, a Champagne tasting and a strolling meal inspired by aphrodisiacs.
Tickets are only $35 and available online from the New Mexico Orchid Guild or in-person at the Shark Reef Cafe. (Ticket sales close on 4/29.)
Liar and Cheats: The Story of Orchid Deception
Starting at 5:30 p.m., Carol Siegel divulges the tricks orchids use to entice pollinators, like bees and hummingbirds, to carry their pollen from flower to flower. In an entertaining presentation with stunning photographs, Siegel shares how orchids will stop at nothing to get pollinated.
A Seductive Meal
After Siegel's talk, stroll through the Aquarium to enjoy a meal full of aphrodisiacs:
- Champagne tasting
- Cheese and fruits with assorted crackers
- Seafood Station: Bloody Mary oysters, peel-and-eat shrimp, and crab legs
- Salad Station: Walnut chicken salad inside a wedge of fresh avocado
- Carving Station: Roasted leg of lamb with figs, mint and a spicy plum sauce
- Potato Bar: Au gratin potatoes inside a pastry shell with your choice of toppings
- Dessert Station: S’mores and strawberries with a chocolate sauce
- We will also offer a full cash bar.
This reception is in honor of the three-day Orchid Seduction Show and Sale at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden. It is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily and included with regular BioPark admission.
About Carol Siegel
Carol Siegel is a member of, and one of the driving forces behind, the Greater Las Vegas Orchid Society. She has been president and newsletter editor for several years. Siegel, a retired English teacher and medical office manager, has written numerous articles on orchids for Orchid Digest and other publications. She has spoken on ‘The Sex Life of Orchids’ at societies, museums, and universities around the country.