Langley Advance files A variety of unique and unusual orchids from around the world will be at the George Preston Recreation Centre this weekend.

Exotic orchids coming to Brookswood rec centre

This weekend’s orchid show and sale will offer workshops and unique varieties.

Orchid lovers unite in Langley each fall for the Fraser Valley Orchid Society Annual Orchid Show and Sale. This year’s Orchid Treasures themed event is on Saturday and Sunday at the George Preston Recreation Centre.

Show chair, Wayne Louie explained the show is a time for those familiar with orchids, as well as those who want to learn more, to see unique varieties that wouldn’t be available anywhere else.

“The public would not normally see these varieties at Home Depot or a garden centre,” he said. “That’s the unique thing about an orchid show, you will see things that are not mainstream.”

Some of the specialty orchids will be coming all the way from Taiwan with a grower who has his own greenhouse there known as Ten Shin Gardens.

“He is an orchid lover,” Louie explained. “Since he grows a different array, they are very different from what we have in Canada.”

Plus, there will be hybrids propagated from these unique varieties and as Louie noted, the best part is that the grower will sell off the orchids rather than transport them home to Taiwan.

Saturday will be filled with presentations and workshops from OSPF and others. In addition to displays and vendors, there is an orchid market with local to international growers.

Admission of $7 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, or free for children under 12 supports the Langley Hospice Society.

Judging of exhibitor entries is set for Friday and the public is welcome to take photos of the entrants from 1 to 4 p.m. The orchid show runs Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Details are at fraservalleyorchidsociety.com.

PHOTO: This weekend’s orchid show and sale will offer workshops and unique varieties.

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