Visit Bellingrath as it hosts the 39th Annual Mobile Area Orchid Show and Sale


Visit Bellingrath as it hosts the 39th Annual Mobile Area Orchid Show and Sale

Bellingrath Gardens and Home will host the Mobile Area Orchid Society’s 39th Annual Orchid Show and Sale from Friday, February 19, through Sunday, February 21.

Mobile Area Orchid Society members will display their best orchids and will be available to answer questions and provide tips on growing and caring for orchids. Vendors will be selling orchids, supplies and accessories. Guests may also shop for new spring merchandise in the Bellingrath Gift Shop.

Admission into the Orchid Show is free of charge and entrance into the Gardens and Home is discounted through February 29 during Bellingrath’s Snowbird Special. The Magnolia Café will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., making it easy for guests to visit the Gardens and Home either before or after viewing the orchids on display.

For information on the event or to participate as an individual entry, please see the information below or contact the show chairman, Joe Paine, at 251-209-1008 or at joe6w@aol.com.

39th Annual Orchid Show and Sale Schedule:
Friday, Noon – 5 PM: Orchid Sale at Bellingrath Gardens’ Magnolia Café
Saturday, 8 AM – Noon: American Orchid Society Judging (Only the Sales Area is open to the public during this time.)
Saturday, Noon – 5 PM: Orchid Show in Bellingrath Gardens’ Magnolia Cafe
Sunday, 9 AM – 3 PM: Orchid Show in Bellingrath Gardens’ Magnolia Café

Participating Vendors:
·  Florida Star Nurseries and Supplies from Mariana, FL
· Clown Alley Orchids from Pasadena, TX
· Orchids Plus Nursery from Breaux Bridge, LA

Individual Plant Entries:
In addition to exhibits placed by orchid societies, vendors and amateur growers, individual plant entries are allowed. All plants must be properly identified to be part of the competition. Because this is an American Orchid Society (AOS) sanctioned and judged show, all entries will be screened for consideration of AOS awards.

You do not have to be a member of an orchid society to enter, nor are there any fees to enter. For more information on entering orchids or orchid related items for judging at the show, please email the show chairman at joe6w@aol.com.

Judging Categories for Orchid-Related Entries:

· paintings, etchings, charcoals, etc.
· photography
· other arts and crafts featuring orchids including ceramics, china, sculpture, jewelry, metal art, needlepoint, and tapestry
· collectibles including any type orchid-related artwork, crafts or related articles
· orchids for personal adornment (corsages, bridal bouquets, hair pieces, etc.)
· orchid arrangements.

Bellingrath Gardens and Home is operated by the Bellingrath Gardens and Home Foundation, a charitable, not-for-profit organization. Bellingrath Gardens and Home is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the 65-acre garden and estate home of Walter and Bessie Bellingrath. For more information, visit www.bellingrath.org or call 251.973.2217.










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