During the week, one of my friends called to inform about the Orchids Flower Show that was to be held at Lalbagh on November 16 and November 17, 2012. "Yay!," I exclaimed. My husband and I visited the show on Sunday, November 17. Were we glad!
The tickets for the show (other than the botanical garden entrance tickets) were priced Rs. 50 per head. The minute we entered the exhibition hall, oh, several varieties of orchids popped on our face to greet us; such lovely and rare colors of orchids! The main attraction was Paphiopedilum (Slipper Orchid).
We examined flower by flower, and clicked a few photos. Yes, the flowers had attracted not bees but instead several photographers stuck to the flowers. Along with the native variety of orchids, the society also displayed orchids from China and Thailand. I am sure that, by the end of the day, the orchids would have grown shy of us, humans.
The society had a sales counter, selling orchids plants, planting material, and books. Members of the society were friendly and educated the buyers about the plants and maintenance. Dr. Sadanand N Hegde conducted a lecture session about growing orchid and caring for them, for enthusiasts. He not only introduced each variety of orchids, but also explained in detail about their growing habits, controlling pests, propagating methods, and fertilizing the plants.
The society has a Google Group - https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/toskar. You must be a member to access the groups. To get details about membership to this society, email to email@example.com.
The Krishnendra Nursery at Siddhapura, Bangalore had exhibited their collection of orchids; sold plants too. The nursery’s address: 9-159, 1st Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore
Indo American Hybrid Seeds, Bangalore also has lovely collection of orchids. The address is: Post Bag No. 7099, 17th Cross, 2nd 'A' Main, K.R. Road, Banashankari II Stage, Bangalore
As always, I'll let the photos do the talking.
See the news article: Native orchids steal the show