Barb and I went to the Philly Flower show in early March. She didn’t speak this year, but wandering around the exhibition hall was exactly the break from winter that we both needed! This year’s theme was a 1960’s-inspired flower power and all of the colorful flowers would lift anyone’s spirits.
Waldor Orchids is always a favorite!
Waldor Orchids, orchid growers from Linwood, New Jersey, always does a stunning display each year and this year was no different! My photos don’t do it justice, so I’ll try my best to describe the display. The base was a flat pool died black with pedestals of orchids and bromeliads. The pedestal in the center rotated and some of the outer pedestals had mirrors. I believe their display was named Kaleidoscope and I think they definitely nailed it.
Barb works closely with Waldor Orchids for plant and potting materials for a lot of her classes. They’re a great group of people and fantastic orchid growers!
Barb's orchid won first place!
Barb entered two orchids in the Master Class competition at the flower show and one won first place! The other orchid was not a winner but we’re still proud of it anyway.
The Philadelphia Flower Show's first Youth Orchid competition is a big hit!
Barb’s Junior Flower Show contestants also had their orchids judged in the Philly Flower Show. She’s been working at two schools in Philadelphia with about fifty elementary and high school students to raise and show orchids. I was only tangentially involved in the project, but it was still incredibly exciting to see their orchids on display at the show! For more information about the Junior Flower Show, check out Barb’s page on it.
Jen Schmidt is a PhD graduate from Cornell University who, with the help of her mother (Barb), is turning into a crazy plant lady at a young age.