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The Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania (OSWP) will hold its annual Orchid Show on Saturday, March 23, 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday, March 24, 10 AM to 5 PM at the Phipps Garden Center, 1059 Shady Avenue (Fifth & Shady).  Admission is free and the public is invited.

 The theme of this year’s show is An Orchid Obsession. One will be able to understand how easy it is to become hooked on orchids. Visitors will be astounded to see hundreds of orchids in full bloom in beautifully designed exhibits and floral arrangements.  The show will include orchid exhibits, free educational seminars, plant raffles and sales by vendors from all over the eastern United States and, for the first time here, a vendor from Ecuador.

 The orchids and exhibits will be judged by a team of certified American Orchid Society Judges.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn about and acquire orchids.  In addition to the popular Phalaenopsis, various Slipper Orchids, Miltonias, Odontoglossums, Intergenerics and Lycastes will be available along with many other orchid genera, including mounted and miniature orchids.  Growing supplies that are difficult to find locally will also be available. 

 As a special attraction, each day a series of free education classes and lectures will be offered to the public which will highlight tips on growing healthy orchids.  Each lecture will last approximately 20 minutes with an additional 10 minutes for questions.  OSWP members will be wearing “Ask me about orchids” buttons and will be able to answer many orchid questions the public may have. 

 The Orchid Show is part of the educational mission of the OSWP.

For more information about the Orchid Show, orchids and The Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania visit

Education Classes – OSWP Show, March 23 and 24, 2013

All sessions will be held in the library of the Phipps Garden Center




Saturday – March 23, 2013


Sunday  – March 24, 2013

11:00 – 11:45 AM

Growing Orchids in the House and

Under Lights: Tips and suggestions from an experienced home grower


Georgene Albrecht

Tips for Selecting and Growing “Slipper Orchids” (Paphiopedilums, Phragmipediums) and other Orchids


Norma and Rich Raiff



12:15 – 1:00 PM

Tips for Selecting and Growing Orchids in the Pittsburgh Area


Dave Buresch

Cattleya Orchids:

Their Culture and Care


Rich Sipko



1:30 – 2:15 PM

Finding, Identifying and Growing Cypripediums (Native Orchids) around Pittsburgh



Amy Cignetti

Orchid Photography:

Get pointers for taking stunning pictures of orchids and other flowers including the use of Smartphones


James Yamber



2:45 – 3:30 PM

History of Orchids



Nancy Kline

Growing Orchids at home on windowsills and under lights


Dave Miller

 Plans are developing to have the Sogetsu Pittsburgh Study Group present their Ikebana at the Phipps Garden Center during our orchid show in March.  More definite plans will be announced later. 

 Orchid Show Vendors


Ivan Portilla


Michel Orchid Nursery

Erich Michel

Mooresville, Indiana


Roberts Flower Supply

Columbia Station, Ohio


Floradise Orchids

Steve Shifflett & Janet Cherchuk

Gordonsville, Virginia


Mystic Orchids
Rich & Dawn Schlote
Williamsfield, Ohio
(440) 293-6634 (home)


Windswept In Time Orchids

Edgar Stehli

Cleveland, Ohio


Marlow Orchids

Scottsville, New York


New Vision Orchids

Russ Vernon

Yorktown, Indiana


Woodstream Orchids

Bill Goldner

Huntingtown, Maryland


Marriott Orchids

Hadley Cash

Kernersville, North Carolina


New World Orchids

Alex Challis

Manchester, MI