Oh, orchids!

Orchids will be the star Saturday as the Humboldt Orchid Society holds its annual fundraising flower show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, 921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka. Everyone is welcome, with a $2 donation suggested at the door.

“Orchids are one of the largest families of flowering plants,” said Humboldt Orchid Society member Bill Pinnix. “They live from the equator to well above the Arctic Circle, from sea level to over 12,000 feet, and on every continent except Antarctica. Orchids have specialized and modified flowers that attract a wide array of pollinators and are quite fascinating in the extent to which the modification has occurred.”

This weekend’s show will include a display of orchids grown locally by members of the Humboldt Orchid Society, the local nonprofit chapter of the American Orchid Society.

“Our goal is to educate people about the growing, flowering and conservation of orchid species and hybrids,” Pinnix said.

Featured at the show will be orchids and carnivorous plants easily grown in the home, as well as exotic and rare orchids that require greenhouse culture.

“We have displays of the native orchid plants of Humboldt County,” Pinnix said, “and have developed a map of the world showing numbers of orchid species by country. Knowledgeable society members are on hand to answer questions that visitors may have regarding culture, identification — important for providing proper culture — pests or any other orchid-related questions.”

He added: “Many of our members also grow carnivorous plants, as they are generally easy to grow and are quite interesting in their own right. Although orchids are not carnivorous plants, they often use similar trapping mechanisms to ensure pollination.”

The Humboldt Orchid Society will have a sales table on-site offering potting mix and will hold a raffle for items donated by local businesses. In addition, there will be local vendors selling orchids in bloom, orchid seedlings, orchid pots and other exotic plants.

For more information about the Humboldt Orchid Society and/or the Orchid Show, call 707-845-6858.


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