|Two large, healthy orchids, frozen in solid ice, as part of the display. No, they won't survive when thawed out.|
They had frozen a couple of large orchids in ice as part of their display, which I thought was going a bit overboard, but it was eye catching. Our long time acquaintance, P. Allen Smith was there to promote the orchids and sign some books. I think he's the official spokesperson for the Just Add Ice series. Chris Bytes was one of our speakers at the Garden Writers' Regional, speaking on using videos for business promotion.
|P. Allen Smith with Chris Bytes, Editor of GrowerTalks Magazine and Ball Red Book. I did some writing for Chris a few years back in the Red Book.|
The show has always been palms, blooming plants, planters, soil, bamboo... all those plants you think of as tropical. And they were here, also, but what surprised even the long time booth folks, was how fast orchids have become popular. In fact, the 2 unintentional themes of this year's show, was plant walls and orchids. (More about plant walls later).
|There were orchids in all sizes and price ranges|
|But even this one wasn't the bluest of the blues.|
|You can't tell it from this photo, but this is a 12 ft high wall of orchids!|
|The anthurium runway. The grower is from Germany and he had some spectacular plants.|
|Sorry one more time, for the poor photo quality.|
And the second big theme at the show (and apparently at other plant shows this year) is plant walls. Here are a couple of previews of more to come.