HOLMDEL – Thousands of spectacularly colorful flowers will brighten cold winter days Feb. 6-9 at the 17th Annual Deep Cut Orchid Society’s Orchid Show at Dearborn Market.
Exhibit hours are: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Route 35 market.
Orchid experts will present free lectures on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8-9, about how to grow orchids and information on popular species. Lectures will be at 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10:30 a.m. and 2 and 3 p.m. on Sunday.
There will be exhibits from orchid clubs in the mid-Atlantic area and vendors from across the United States. Certified American Society of Orchids judges will award prizes to the best exhibit and flowers.
Deep Cut Orchid Society (DCOS) is a nonprofit organization devoted to educating people about orchids.
Admission and parking are free. Lunch is available in the Dearborn Market, and visitors can eat in the 11,000-square-foot garden facility, where the orchids will be exhibited.
“Orchids breathe color and fragrance during the winter doldrums,” said DCOS President Larry Desiano of Middletown.
“The bright flowers are long lasting and hardy.”
Desiano, who has collected orchids for 30 years, suggests an orchid is a terrific gift for Valentine’s Day.
“Flowers can last months,” he said.
A limited number of special group tours with a knowledgeable orchid expert as a guide can be arranged. There is no cost, but arrangements ***ITALmust***END be made ahead of time by calling Carol Abaya at 732-536-6215.
Additional information about the show itself is available by calling Arnett at 732-786-8583.
Deep Cut meets the second Tuesday of every month at the Monmouth Reform Temple on Hance Avenue, Tinton Falls. Every meeting has a guest speaker, a show table and refreshments. Meetings are open to the public at no cost.