Orchid Show Hamilton Gardens
It was a beautiful Sunday morning, the sun was shining, and the sky was clear. On this beautiful spring day, my husband and I ventured to the Orchid Show. I’ve been waiting for spring to arrive, and it’s finally starting to look more like it. The weather has been promising, although I still find it hard to wake up early every morning to go to work, I am happy to say I’ve missed some sunlight. This is because I’ve been moving from winter, to winter and I’m over it!
Onward to the show! The orchid show as held at the pavilion at Hamilton Gardens. The show started at 9am, and although I missed the opening I still made it an hour later to enjoy the rest! While walking in, I could already smell the aroma from the orchids. And right at the entrance was the most beautiful display arrangements of orchids! The colours from the orchids were captivating, awe-inspiring, and extremely beautiful. Never have I ever seen so many varieties of orchids in the same place! I felt like a kid in a candy store, except with orchids they will live longer than a piece of candy (if you take care of them properly, haha!). I being that kid, didn’t want to leave!
Don’t know how to care for orchids? Have unanswered questions about your own orchids? No worries! They had expert florists/gardeners from the Waikato Orchid Society, and Waikato Horticultural Society there to help answer all your thoughts and worries away! The orchid show had everything there from potting demonstrations, to merchant stores, to competitions. During the demonstration you were able to pick up neat tips and tricks for how to care for your beautiful (new) orchid at home. They even had little activities that children can participate in, like getting their face painted, and learning how to plant their own little orchids to take home! (Jealous) I would prefer to be given a potted plant, than be given some cut flowers that will wither away! Sure you can save the petals when it’s gone, and it has it’s own beauty in that, but it’s just my personal preference.
Were you planning to get yourself, or a loved one a beautiful surprise? From the many merchants that had their shops set up, the varieties of orchids were endless! Although there may be more than 28,000 orchids from the orchidaceae family, it felt like all of them were there today! I really didn’t want to walk away. Every merchant there had an expandable knowledge about the variety of orchids that they were selling. Only shows how much they cared about the product that you were buying. You got to chose from a variety of tubers, to seedlings, to full grown orchids. There were other flower and plants available for purchasing, however, the main show belonged to the orchids. There were varieties of other flowers and plants available for sell as well. Depending on what you’re looking for, all the options are there!
Phalaenopsis also known as the moth orchid and cattleya are your common orchids that you’ll find in most floral shops/retailers. There were also some New Zealand native orchids that was available for purchasing as well! There were some that I have never seen, or didn’t even know was part of the orchidaceous family (orchid family). The variety of orchids were extremely amazing, I just didn’t want to leave! The amount of colours, shapes and sizes were just beautiful. The photos that I took doesn’t do justice in how colourful and well displayed these orchids were. Never have I seen so many all in one place.
There were raffle drawings that you can participate in throughout the day! All the more to welcome the beautiful spring weather and a chance to go out into the sun! It was wonderful to see so many people. Throughout the show there were competitions taking place. You were able to participate in voting for your utmost favourite display/orchid. The orchids that were placed into the competition didn’t belong to some mass produced store bought plant. These were grown by orchid enthusiast, florists/gardeners that were passionate about orchids. The displays that some of these people presented were marvelous. It ranged from the smallest orchids, to the biggest. From the most colourful, to the simple coloured ones. It was difficult trying to pick your favourites. For me, I struggled. I just couldn’t pick! I couldn’t when there were so many that I have never seen before that I just loved! Just look at the photos, they don’t do justice for what it looked like in person, but how can you just pick between them all!?
From the displays, and looks of the orchids, you can tell that a lot of love and care went into these beautiful plants. Maybe I just prefer orchids over roses, but not over water lilies, (I don’t have a lake in my backyard, so no lilies for me..) But trust me, no one will say no to these beautiful flowers! PLUS, they are easy to keep, they don’t require a lot of watering. They only require watering once a week, or depending on your pot size, maybe eve longer? Just have a feel of the soil and that’s it! Have a look at the photos! The sizes and colours of orchids, there’s just so many to chose from. It’s like having a rainbow in your house. It’s rare to be able to catch one of those! Hehe!
I couldn’t leave the place without buying, one, or two, or maybe three… I wanted the so much more.. But I wouldn’t have enough space to keep them. I will say, I didn’t leave empty handed! For the amount that I paid compared to the generic ones that you find in most stores, it was well worth it! Maybe when we move to a bigger place I’ll think about getting my own little green house and start my own little floral shop. I’ll keep dreaming and plan it a step at a time until it happens! Anything can happen!
What are your favourite flowers? & what are you waiting for? Have a visit to the Waikato Orchid Society’s page and show some love!
Much love, xo.
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