Philadelphia Flower Show Orchids

We went to the Philadelphia Flower Show last week, the biggest flower and garden show in the country. It was our first time and we were amazed by the crowds of people thronging into the show. We attended the show as part of our book tour. We presented a seminar and autographed books for people and we had an opportunity to view all the spectacular displays.

The theme of the show this year was “Passport to the World”, and exhibits highlighted the flowers of South Africa and other exotic locations. Of course, I was particularly enamored by the orchids, as usual. And the display by Waldor Orchids was exceptional. Their display represented the National Orchid Garden of Singapore and allowed us to imagine what it must be like to be there, in Singapore, seeing the orchids in the garden.

Here are some photographic highlights of the beautiful orchids we saw.

A splash-petal Cattleya hybrid with a peloric gene that makes the petals similar to the lip.

A splash-petal Cattleya hybrid with a peloric gene that makes the petals similar to the lip.

A bright red cattleya alliance hybrid that looks like a Sophrolaeliocattleya to me.

A bright red cattleya alliance hybrid that looks like a Sophrolaeliocattleya to me.

A spectacular Vanda, probably close to Vanda rothschildiana a hybrid between Vanda coerulea and Euanthe sanderana.

A spectacular Vanda, probably close to Vanda rothschildiana a hybrid between Vanda coerulea and Euanthe sanderana.

The lovely Ascocendas, hybrids between Vanda and Ascocentrum, are delightful and colorful miniature vandas.

The lovely Ascocendas, hybrids between Vanda and Ascocentrum, are delightful and colorful miniature vandas.

Oncidiums, sometimes called "dancing ladies" in Hawaii, are always lovely.

Oncidiums, sometimes called "dancing ladies" in Hawaii, are always lovely.

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