Start Spring with an Orchid or Plant Show
We don’t know many dates for shows in 2014 yet. We’ll keep looking for the info!
Springtime is the time for flowers and flower shows! Being originally from the north-eastern States, flower shows were always a rite of passage for the beginning of springtime. We’re happy that we can continue that tradition here in Puerto Rico.
Orchids are very popular here, so you will see a number of orchid shows all around the island in the spring. If you want to see some real beauties, you can attend a show sponsored by a local orchid society you’re visiting the island.
These shows are not as huge as some in the States, but the displays are really nice. It is not just about orchids, there are other types of plants for sale, too. At these shows and festivals, you can usually people selling orchids, heliconias, bromeliads and assorted orchid gardening stuff. There are lots of flowers to be seen and purchased — some common and some very unusual. Some of the plants are grown locally, though many are imported from Hawaii and Thailand.
SPRING 2014 ORCHID and Plant SHOWS
Mid-March (13-16 March 2014) at the Mayaguez Mall, presented by the Sociedad de Orquidistas de Mayaguez.
Mid-Late March (dates TBD) at the Coliseo Pedrin Zorilla, across the street from the Macy’s end of Plaza las Americas, presented by the Sociedad de Puertorriqueña de Orquidistas. Hours are 9:00am to 6:00pm. Free admission. There are usually about 15 to 20 large orchid displays, and maybe 10 orchid vendors, and a couple vendors of other stuff. The vendors are typically bilingual. There is usually some live music and seminars about orchids (in Spanish). We always find something unusual and pretty to buy!
Early May (dates TBD) presented by the Sociedad de Orquidistas del Este. Open 9am to 6pm, at the Coliseo Municipal Fito Ramos in Fajardo. Free admission.
a couple days before Mother’s Day (8-10 May 2014) presented by Orquidistas de Dorado. Dorado Orchid Fair in the Angel Hernandez Amphitheater (next to the town plaza). Open 9am to 7pm. Free admission.
For More Information
You can contact any of these local orchid growers for more information
- Percy Orchids — 787.787.9392 (bilingual)
- Orquideas Hoja Dorada — 787.646.5556
- E. Orchids — 787.733.1493
- Caribe Orchids — 787.602.9787
- Orquideas Bernor — 787.237.2701
Note for Tourists
If you stop in at an orchid show, and you find a plant that you simply must have, you can take it home! Since orchids are not potted in soil, the USDA allows the transport of orchids into the US mainland without any problem. So you buy an orchid today, and take it on the plane so you can enjoy a little bit of paradise in your own home!
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