Thursday, September 20, 2012

Conservatory Orchid Collection Takes Home The Hardware!

The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory displayed over 40 orchids from the orchid collection at the Minnesota State Fair August 31st and September 1st.  The orchid show is hosted by the Orchid Society of Minnesota and features a wide variety of orchid plants, artwork, and collectibles from society members.  This year, the show's theme was "Olympics," inspired by this summer's games.  As an homage to ancient Greece, the conservatory's display included white columns, rocky "mountains," and foliage wreaths.  We also included colors from the contemporary Olympic flag.  The overall display won awards for "Best in Show" and "Best Display Over 25 Plants."  Thirty-three individual plants received awards--12 of which were first place!  The State Fair is a fun way for the conservatory to share its wonderful orchids with the public, and participate as an institutional member of the Orchid Society of Minnesota.