Exotic Gardening with Rare and Strange Plants

Another beautiful spring day, time is certainly ripping along. Today a friend and I went out to visit the Victoria Orchid Society’s Spring Show & Sale. As you walk around the corner in the Student Union building at UVIC you’re greeted by a dazzling display of orchids in all shapes and sizes. The entrance fee was $7.00 and I saw more orchids in flower then I knew existed. Hobbyists from all over brought in their finest specimens, it real was a sight to be seen. While I’m by no means an orchid expert and/or enthusiast, I can appreciate the botanical madness that goes into cultivating these exotic plants. The flowers ranged from very large to miniature and the colors and shapes were surreal. After taking some photos and wondering around for a bit I was thoroughly impressed. Not only was there an incredible variety, the quality of the specimens was outstanding. There were so many old growth pleione, phalaenopsis and cattleya orchids, what a wealth of botanical treasure. It seems orchid people are also predisposed to plant hoarding.  After viewing the display tables, I tip toed through the plant sale area and escaped the event with only two take homes (Whew discretion!). While I hoard just about every type of plant I remain cautious when it comes to orchids. With such a variety of strange and unusual plants I’m scared to go down that road. I think I will wait until I’m a wee bit more setup in life. Alas I took more photos then I knew what to do with, so here I am sharing them with you.

Victoria Orchid Society March 03 2012.  

Even the foliage was interesting.

I ended up coming home with this paphiopedilum lynleigh koopowitz

and this Masdevallia gold dust.

Another beautiful day in Victoria.

The event is still open for one more day so if you get the chance to visit, go check out some orchids.

5 Responses to Victoria Orchid Society: Spring Show & Sale

  • Brian says:

    Where is the greenhouse shown located at (the one you call your greenhouse). I am looking to get some new plants that I can put in large planters to replace the ones that were recently removed from my property. I was hoping to be able to get hold of some of the more endangered or protected plants that I could nurture. I should be able to accommodate plants up to 10′ high. I don’t know enough about the best way I could go about locating endangered plants that may seed, or even if I could a find a place that would be able to supply bulbs/tubers/seedlings or plants for me to grown. As well If the plants would then need to be registered with the government?

    Sorry for so many questions, but you taste in plants seems to be along the same line as what I have interest in.

    Thanks….. Brian

  • Art Macgregor says:

    These are great pictures. I’m not biased tho I admit to being the show chair for the orchid show. Thank you very much for the great images.

  • Saurs says:

    Orchid fanciers kind of bewilder me, but it’s a respectful, kindly bewilderment because I myself don’t want to be judged for or by my plant habits.

    Setting aside the issue of obscure trainspotting for the sake of trainspotting aside, they’re lovely blooms, of course, and quite colorful, but it’s all kind of… Freudian to me. O’Keeffian, let’s say.

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Mr Nat. Gardener, Plant Nerd
Tips and tales about gardening in one of the most mild climates in Canada. Specializing in rare and strange plants from far out destinations, this is the story of an obsessed young gardener in Victoria B.C. Let's create more tropical gardens in the garden city on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.