Orchids Olé Theme Promises Bright Colors and Festive Event
Published: May 1, 2012
The ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden and the New Mexico Orchid Guild host the Orchids Olé Show, May 4-6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The show, which is included with regular admission, features hundreds of orchids on display, a juried art and photography show, free talks and orchids for sale.
At 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, children can visit the Spanish-Moorish Garden to plant an orchid in a milk jug greenhouse to take home. The project is free with admission, but supplies are limited to the first 50 children.
"The Orchid Show is always a highlight in the Botanic Garden's spring calendar," said Catherine Hubbard, Botanic Garden Manager. "Visitors delight in the beautiful flowers and displays that come from the hard work of the volunteers with the New Mexico Orchid Guild."
Orchids and floral arrangements will be judged by the American Orchid Society, and winning entries will be on display. Visitors will also be able to vote for their favorite for the People's Choice Award.
Several free talks are available during the show. On Saturday, May 5 at 2 p.m., Steve Frowine, author of Orchids for Dummies, will speak on the "Basics of Orchid Parenthood" in the Botanic Garden Education Classroom. Frowine will also be signing books available for purchase at the event. On Sunday, May 6 at 2 p.m., Steve Fischer, president of the New Mexico Orchid Guild, will give a repotting demonstration in the Spanish-Moorish Garden.
A special opening night "Orchids Olé Celebration" at Shark Reef Café on Friday, May 4 at 6 p.m. will feature dinner with authentic Mexican fare, a tequila tasting and a talk by Steve Frowine on "Choice Mexican Orchid Species." Seating is limited and tickets, $35, must be purchased by 5 p.m. on May 3 from www.nmog.org or by calling 505-848-7123.