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Rare blooms: orchids on display

By Miriam Hodgman

0051Orchids are one of the oldest and diverse flowering plants on earth, and a long-time favorite of gardeners and collectors. Local orchid enthusiasts show off their finest specimens November 8 and 9, at the Wilbur D. May Museum, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Orchid Society of Northern Nevada’s free annual show features nearly 50 prized plants. The group will have beginner and novice plants and supplies for sale. Members will also be on hand to answer questions about growing the exotic plants in the Great Basin.

An “Orchids for Beginners” workshop is Saturday, November 8, at 12:30 p.m. Attendees will learn about basic orchid care and culture from Dr. Sean Abbott, former president of the Orchid Society.

A repotting demonstration is Sunday, November 9, at 12:30 pm. Attendees will learn how to repot orchids and can bring in plants to be repotted on site for a $5.00 charge per plant.

The Wilbur D. May Museum is located in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra Street, in Reno. For more information call 775-785-5961 or click here.

The Orchid Society of Northern Nevada was established in 1985 to promote and support the passion for orchids through education, conservation, and research. More details at www.osnnv.com.

Located within Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, the Wilbur D. May Center is managed by the Washoe County Community Services Department and continues to receive generous support from the Wilbur May Foundation.

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