Our orchid society had its show last week, the first show I've participated in for many years. The show was held at the Skagit Valley Gardens Nursery in Mount Vernon, Washington - they give us space in their large display and sales house both for the show itself and for vendors and are very accommodating.
Our society is quite small and so the show was quite small also, but I was impressed by the variety of plants as well as the quality of the plants. In both respects it was one of the best shows I've ever seen. Six American Orchid Society (AOS) awards were given and thirteen trophies, including the AOS Show Trophy.
Some of the plants that were in the show and for sale by the vendors are pictured below. I took a lot of pictures, but that only reflects the difficult of getting good pictures at a show where one has so little control of background, lighting, etc. I did not get all the names, however.
Cymbidium Rodco's Creation
Dendrobium Little Sweetscent
Unregistered Miltonipsis hybrid and Phalaenopsis Winning Spots 'Kulani #1'
Paphiopedilum glaucophyllum x Pinocchio and Unregistered Paphiopedilum Maudiae hybrid
Colmanara Wildcat 'Carmela'
Beallara Tahoma Glacier and Oncidium Space Race 'Koko'
Brassia Jeanne Nixon
Wilsonara Fortin 'Calico Cat'
Vascostylis Hilo Rose
Some of the plants that were in the show are pictured below. The Phalaenopsis are almost all by one grower in our society, David Edgley. I got as many names as I could and hope I've got them all straight. With so many plants and flowers it is difficult to be sure.
Phalaenopsis Carmela's Wild Thing x Paul Tatar
Phalaenopsis Carmela's Wild Thing x Paul Tatar and Doritaenopsis The Pride of Ben Yu
Doritaenopsis Sogo Golden 'Fangtastic'
Phal. Sogo Yukidian 'V3'
Doritaenopsis Fusheng's Mystical Dream 'Come True'
Doritaenopsis Scarlet in Snow and Phalaenopsis Small Sensation
Doritaenopsis Chian Xen Magpie
Doritaenopsis Ganlin Fairy 'K59804'
Phragmipedium Living Fire
Phragmipedium Noirmont 'Hellen Illsley'
Paphiopedilum Iantha Stage
Paphiopedilum St. Swithin
Paphiopedilum sukhakulii alba and Paphiopedilum Harry Sadler
Dendrobium Andre Millar
Dendrobium Princess 'Asai'
Unregistered Wilsonara hybrid
Masdevallia princeps 'Grim Reaper'
Angulocaste Paul Gripp 'Hull'
Angulocaste Evelyn Chang 'Isaac'
Trigonidium egertonianum and Pleione confusa
Our society put in an exhibit of plants from the members which had some very unusual and beautiful plants. We have less than 25 active members, and I thought this a very nice exhibit from so few people and very well arranged also.
I built and put in a showcase modeled after one that had been used by the Pleurothallid Alliance and which I used on their behalf in 1993 at the AOS spring meetings in Houston. The picture below is of that showcase and the orchids displayed in it. The similarity is evident.
The plants were displayed on a kind of mountain made of sheets of construction styrofoam glued together, lightly melted on the edges with a blowtorch to give them a more natural look, and then spray painted which also melted the styrofoam a bit more.
There were 39 plants in the display including two that were not mine, mostly miniature Dendrobiums and Pleurothallids. For those who are interested the list of plants follows:
1. Masdevallia (Alaticaulia) don-quijote
2. Masdevallia constricta
3. Masdevallia decumana - blue ribbon
4. Masdevallia glandulosa
5. Masdevallia datura
6. Masdevallia mendozae
7. Masdevallia hirtzii
8. Masdevallia ventricularia
9. Masdevallia (Tritosiphon) bangii - red ribbon
10. Masdevallia Ruby Slippers (coccinea x calura) - blue ribbon
11. Masdevallia Falcon’s Gold (Falcon Sunrise x constricta) - white ribbon
12. Masdevallia Hampshire Prolific
13. Trisetella hoejeri - white ribbon
14. Trisetella gemmata
15. Trisetella dressleri
16. Trisetella klingeri
17. Scaphosepalum ovulare
18. Lepanthes elegantula
19. Lepanthes ingridiana
20. Lepanthes manabina - CCM/AOS, red ribbon
21. Condylago rodrigoi
22. Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’
23. Pleurothallis talpinaria (Talpinaria bivalvis) - HCC/AOS, blue ribbon
24. Pleurothallis alata (Muscarella marginata)
25. Epidendrum escobarianum - white ribbon
26. Dendrobium malvicolor
27. Dendrobium limpidum
28. Dendrobium sulphureum
29. Dendrobium cuthbertsonii semi-alba
30. Dendrobium seranicum
31. Dendrobium agathodaemonis
32. Dendrobium pentapterum
33. Dendrobium Illusion (cuthbertsonii x lawesii)
34. Dendrobium Illusion (cuthbertsonii x lawesii)
35. Dendrobium hellwigianum
36. Dendrobium masarangense
37. Chytroglossa paulensis- CBR/AOS
38. Lepanthopsis astrophora (not my plant)
39. Dendrobium porphyrochilum (not my plant)
I must admit that I am a little embarrassed by all the attention it received, but that had a lot to do with the fact that many of these orchids are not commonly seen at shows because of their size. Not only were the visitors to the show quite interested in the tiny orchids but the plants and display received a number of awards.
There were three American Orchid Society awards for different plants, a trophy for the best Pleurothallid, Masdevallia decumana, and the American Orchid Society Show Trophy, shown below in addition to a number of ribbons awarded to different plants.
The three AOS awards were an HCC/AOS (High Class Certificate) awarded to Pleurothallis talpinaria, a CBR/AOS (Certificate of Botanical Recognition) for a plant of Chytroglossa paulensis, and a CCM/AOS (Certificate of Cultural Merit) awarded to a plant of Lepanthes manabina.
It was a lot of fun but also a lot of work. I spent a day and half at the show and was worn out by the end of that time. The case itself sets up and breaks down in about half an hour, but I helped with all the show activities, too, and even took part in the ribbon and show judging.