Monday, April 2, 2012

Mount Baker Orchid Society Show 2012

Saturday, March 10th was out annual orchid show at the Skagit Valley Garden Center in Mount Vernon, Washington.  We are a small society and our show is also quite small, with only six exhibitors and three or four vendors.  The quality and diversity of orchids in the show, however, made up for the its smallness.  I've been to many orchid shows, and for its size this is one of the best, though perhaps I am a bit prejudiced.

I put in the same showcase as last year, but with a new background for the orchids, a cliff and waterfall.  I had wanted to put in a real waterfall, but my engineering skills were not up to the task, so I used fake water, though it looked real enough that several people asked if I had to change the water often.  My display won several ribbons and a trophy for the best species.  Had a fun and relaxing time putting in the exhibit.

My Exhibit
(some of these pictures were taken after the show during take-down)

Other Exhibits
(the second is our society's exhibit)

AOS Awards
(these two plants received AOS awards - the second one is mine)

Coelogyne Bird in Flight 'Judy Skinner' HCC/AOS

Masdevallia ampullacea 'Connor' CHM/AOS


Encyclia cordigera and Laeliocattleya Drumbeat 'Heritage'

Cattleya Hailstorm 'Nilene'

Laelia anceps

Epidendrum radicans

(Laelia briegeri x Laelia lucasiana) x Schomburkia tibicinis

Phalaenopsis Small Sensation 'Maria Teresa'

Phragmipedium Schroederae 'Roseum'

Phragmipedium hybrid (forgot to get the name)

Paphiopedilum hybrid (didn't get the name)

Paphiopedilum villosum and Phragmipedium besseae

Paphiopedilum noid

Paphiopedilum venustum and Paphiopedilum John Sadler

Paphiopedilum Myra

Paphiopedilum Henrietta Fujiwara x kolopkingii

Dendrobium lindenii

Miltonia Pearl Ono x Dream Girl

Miltonia hybrid (didn't get the name)

Beallara Tahoma Glacier

Cirrhopetalum makoyanum

Bulbophyllum vitiense

Bulbophyllum picturatum

Dendrochilum convallariiforme (two color forms)

Lycaste Absolutely Stunning 'Grantham's Glory'

Stenorhynchos speciosus

Stenorhynchos glicensteinii

Stanhopea species (unidentified)

Phaius falvus

Phaius flavus

Coelogyne Birds in Flight 'Judy Skinner'


  1. Sorry, Marti. I should have let you know. There is a show in Shoreline on the 14th and 15th of April at Sky Nursery.

  2. Have plans to take in that show (all the way from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada!). There is also a show in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island the same weekend so I hope to take in the judging at both shows.

  3. Your Coelogyne Birds in Flight is wonderful!

  4. Hope to see you at the Shoreline show. I'll be there on Saturday for a while, but just to see the show and take some photos.

  5. The Coelogyne is not actually mine. It was the other plant that was awarded at the show - mine was the Masdevallia aurea.

  6. Lovely display,it must be quite hard to get the plants to look so natural at each show.
    What is the orange tubular flower in several of you photos?

  7. Hi Glynn,

    Thanks for looking and commenting. I spent the most time a year ago building the showcase. The "cliff" was relatively easy to do since it is made of styrofoam.

    The orange tubular flowers are either Masdevallia mendozae (narrower tubes on the right when looking at the display face on) or Masdevallia Maui Lollipop (on the left).