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    Perhaps I was expecting too much but I was quite dissapointed with the orchid show I attended today. There was hardly anything interesting that you couldn't find outside of an orchid section at a plant shop. I left with the feeling that I could have saved the gas money and had more fun looking at my own collection and watching the full MASH 4077th marathon on FX!
    60% was Phals, 30% phrags/paphs, 10% assorted (mostly encylia and cattaleya) and about 3 dried up Pleurothallids and handful of Masdevallia. No well grown pleuros or draculas and not one bulbophyllum (that I saw). totally ho-hum. I'm sure not everyone loves the weird and wild stuff but you'd think someone round here other than me would wanna grow the "difficult" rare stuff.

    George CP How was the orchid show down in FL? Was there anything cool at yours?

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    hey Josh,
    i didn't go today. tommorrow i'm taking the drive over to see what is there. hopfully it will be better than what you mentioned. i will post tommorrow to let ya know.
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    Hey Josh I know EXACTLY where you're coming from.

    Even out here where a lot of the more interesting ones come from it is difficult to find them. I was at the Singapore Botanical Gardens last week and there is (of course) a large quantity of flowers there but apart from Oncidium Golden Shower, a few Cats, Phals, Dendrobs and Vandas then there is almost nothing of anything else there.

    Here in Indonesia everything is Phals and Dendrobs. Once in a while you can find something unusual but you really have to look. I think it's because for the most part, not many people really know much about orchids. Most are probably not even that interested in orchids really, they just want some flashy colour, big is beautiful and the word "orchid" sounds sooo exotic! It takes a certain kind of person to appreciate the beauty in something like a bulbophyllum, heck I even like their foliage. I must say that many people, once you point out the wierder ones and make them take the time to stop and look, do agree they are pretty.

    Cheers, Troy.

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    HA.. I was also disappointed. I went at about 2 in the after noon, and it was crowed. I feel sorry for the people who were there that didn't know about the show, thinking they were going to spend a nice quite day at the conservatory..... I was thinking about going to the show in Madison next weekend. But now I'm not sure if I'll go.

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    Josh, i would give a thumbs up to the show today. all the plants there where in great shape. i even bought a couple. i was also told to go to the Orlando show next month.
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    cool! What did you pick up?

    Have you been to the Orchid Emporium in Delray Beach?

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    hey lots of diff orchids most you could find in walmart or H.D. from time to time. there were some ghost orchids there for $20 but, they where the size of a dime and really wasn't worth the money. lots of paph's in excellent shape even 4 white ones that took a blue ribbon.
    the dracs will be at the orlando show. some one in tampa grows them. some rich dude. i was talking to one of the judges when i was there.
    no never been to the place you mentioned been threw the town a couple of times thu.
    picked up a hybid paph and 2 ludisa neather of them are in bloom yet. the ludisa is very diff looking from any orchid i have seen in foliage. from talking to the guy who was selling them they are very easy to take cuttngs and rooting them to.
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    Location really plays a big factor on diversity at the orchid shows.. It makes a big difference if there are alot of hobbyists into rare and unusual orchids and a commercial vendor or two into rare botanicals attending the show.
    If you really want to see a killer orchid show try and get to one of the shows that corresponds to an AOS trustees meeting. There will be vendors from around the country and often several from overseas as well.

    Also keep in mind that mid January is not a prime time for orchid blooms ;<
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