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Orchid show at Noelridge encourages community participation

Event set for Oct. 15-16

A Paph. Michael Koopowitz orchid sits on display at Noelridge Park Greenhouse for the Orchid Show in Cedar Rapids on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. The greenhouse will be hosting an orchid show Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16, which is free to the public. (Gazette file photo)
A Paph. Michael Koopowitz orchid sits on display at Noelridge Park Greenhouse for the Orchid Show in Cedar Rapids on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. The greenhouse will be hosting an orchid show Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16, which is free to the public. (Gazette file photo)

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Eastern Iowa Orchid Society and the Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will hold its fifth annual Eastern Iowa Orchid Show and Sale Oct. 15 and 16 at the Noelridge Park Greenhouse, 4900 Council St. NE.

The free show will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 15 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16.

Community participation is encouraged this year. New this year will be an open exhibit table set up for anyone who would like to display their own blooming orchid. Growers must register it during show setup on Friday to enter it in the show.

More than 500 blooming orchids will be on display. Exhibitors include regional orchid societies, amateur hobbyist and professional orchid growers from throughout the Midwest. Activities include American Orchid Society orchid judging, floor and table top orchid exhibits and orchid-related crafts and collectibles.

Visitors will cast their votes for the People’s Choice Award, the best orchid display in the show. Other special awards include: Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion for the best two blooming orchids; Nature’s Best for the best orchid species; Weird and Wonderful for the most unusual orchid; and Mini but Mighty Award for the best miniature orchid.

A wide variety of orchid plants will be for sale by regional vendors.

People can also learn more about orchids. Volunteers will be present to answer questions about the orchids in the show and how to grow them and daily lectures are scheduled on repotting, basic culture, and reblooming Orchids.

For more information, visit www.easterniowaorchidsociety.org

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