• Freestyle showpieces for the orchid fancier

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    A small simple upright driftwood is ingeniously enrobed with different Phalaenopsis blooms and some foliage to come up with this elegant orchid showpiece arrangement

    A small simple upright driftwood is ingeniously enrobed with different Phalaenopsis blooms and some foliage to come up with this elegant orchid showpiece arrangement

    No flower arranging skills? No problem. Just reach in to your inner self and pull out your creative juices and let it flow. No rules, no patterns and no restrictions.

    Garden shows have the ability to bring out the creativity of all plant lovers specially the orchid fancier because of the demands of staging a grand and impressive orchid show.

    Although an orchid flower is beautiful as it is, it is not surprising to find orchid shows with elaborate landscape designs being used as a backdrop to display their beautiful blooms. This is why many orchid growers and hobbyists I know have suddenly turned into landscape designers and even florists and are even very good at it.

    Putting up an orchid landscape display can be very costly and the effort to do so can be very taxing. This is not to mention the stress the orchids go through when taken out of their growing space and transferred to a new environment. It is no secret that many fine orchid specimens have had their last farewell because of these garden shows in hostile surroundings.

    This dilemma has brought about the emergence of a new category in orchid shows, which is now being practiced worldwide: The Orchid Showpiece Arrangement Category.

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    Yellow flowered Oncidium blooms, commonly known as ‘dancing ladies’ dominate this Orchid showpiece arrangement set on a mini garden bed with lady slipper blooms mixed in with Cattleya and Phalaenopsis flowers. Two makeshift towers were added for height as part of the design

    It is a category which has been most welcome to orchid growers, most specially the small orchid hobbyists because they can now be part of a grand orchid show.

    The Orchid Showpiece category is simply a small orchid display showcasing the blooming flowers of the hobbyist set in a miniaturized arrangement in an artful manner. It is more than just putting the flower in a vase but an expression of the hobbyist’s hard heartfelt work. These are orchid arrangements that make you stare and think and not just glance and leave. What comes out of these small masterpieces are very surprising and some are very impressive. Definitely a showpiece with the hobbyist’s personal touch.

    The other great thing about the Orchid Showpiece Arrangements is that they are in expensive and easy to do. No need to haul in trucks of driftwood, boulders and ornamental plants. No need to stress the orchid plants just use the orchid blooms, plus the simple orchid hobbyist can now be part of the Orchid Show.

    In this article are Orchid Showpiece Arrangements done by orchid enthusiast from international orchid shows I have attended.

    In relation to this, the Philippine Orchid Society in cooperation with the Quezon City Memorial Circle Administration will be holding its “67th Mid-year Orchid and Garden Show” at the Quezon Memorial Circle, Hardin ng mga Bulaklak Area (Flower Garden) (Entrance East Avenue Gate) Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City from August 30 to September 9. The show will feature the best of Philippine orchid species and hybrids in exquisite garden landscapes and showpiece arrangements. A plant bazaar will also be set up offering orchids, ornamentals and all other garden peripherals at farm gate prices. Everyone is invited to attend the free daily lectures on orchid care and gardening. Lectures will start daily at 3 p.m. (See sidebar for list of topics).

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    Members and friends of the Philippine Orchid Society will be displaying their personal creations of Orchid Showpiece Arrangements at the upcoming 67th Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show on August 30 to September 9 at the Hardin ng Bulaklak area of the Quezon Memorial Park

    o04 Members and friends of the Philippine Orchid Society will be displaying their personal creations of Orchid Showpiece Arrangements at the upcoming 67th Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show Highlights will include orchid displays set in beautiful landscapes, an orchid and garden bazaar offering plants at farm gate prices and free daily orchid and garden lectures.

    For more information, call 929-4425 or 0917-8485468. The show will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

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