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Local News 19 Mar, 2021 Follow News

Beautiful Dendrobium hybrid orchids on display at previous Orchid

Annual Orchid Show displays hundreds of orchid species cultivated locally and abroad

Patrons enjoy taking home their very own Phalaenopsis hybrid orchid

Two-day Orchid Show and Sale aims to raise funds for orchid conservation


On the weekend of March 27th and 28th orchid lovers island wide can become immersed in beautiful blooms on exhibit throughout the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park and with a planned fundraising sale, possibly take home an orchid of their very own.

Botanic Park General Manager, John Lawrus encourages visitors to enjoy a day at the park saying, “The Orchid Show is one of our annual events which is an opportunity for the public to come out and experience not only the myriad of orchids on display, purchase an orchid for themselves or as a gift, and also to enjoy the natural beauty of the flora and fauna of the Botanic Park.”

Visitors to the show can discover the vibrant colors, delightful scents, and interesting backstories of rare and exotic orchids during this event. In addition to a beautiful display of hundreds of orchids, the two-day show will also include a fundraising orchid sale, live music, food and informal talks to help educate the orchid enthusiasts.

The Orchid Show and Sale is organised annually with the support of the Cayman Islands Orchid Society whose membership is looking forward to another great year working alongside the staff of the Botanic Park.

"This event is one of the ongoing traditions which takes place at the Park and demonstrates the success of consistent and dedicated partnership,” said Mr. Lawrus expressing appreciation for the years of support received by the Orchid Society.

The exhibition which showcases hundreds of orchids in bloom, come from the collection of the Cayman Islands Orchid Society members and many of the orchids on sale have been brought in from Jamaica and other vendors from Florida.

“This year’s show is set to be on the smaller side with the ongoing pandemic and limitations to the importation process, but we are working hard on putting together a good show and as usual we anticipate it will be at the level our regular visitors and buyers have come to expect,” added Mr. Lawrus.

Proceeds from the fundraising sale go toward the continued development of the orchid conservation area at the Botanic Park. The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park Orchid Show runs Saturday and Sunday March 27th and 28th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily and is included with special event admission rates of CI$10 for adults, $5 for children 16 and under. For more information, please email info@botanic-park.ky or call 947-9462.


More about the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, an attraction managed by the Tourism Attraction Board, is open Monday to Sunday from 9:00AM to 4:30PM. Boasting over 62 acres of lush landscape, the Park is home to an abundance of wildlife including many of the islands' 56 species of butterfly, native birds, the Cayman Parrot and the endangered Cayman Blue Iguana. With multiple floral gardens, woodland trails, wetlands, a lake and over 60 species of palm trees, there is so much to do and see at the Botanic Park.

The Park which was originally designed to show and preserve the Cayman Islands' native flora and fauna - as well as to promote education, conservation and recreation – now has over 30,000 visitors each year, many of whom come to enjoy the tranquility, culture and natural beauty that abounds in this hidden treasure. The Heritage Garden is a beautiful tribute to the people of the islands and their traditional Caymanian way of life.


More about The Cayman Islands Orchid Society

The Cayman Islands Orchid Society is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the preservation of Cayman’s native orchids and educating its members and the public on orchid conservation and orchid culture. You can contact the Society on orchidsociety.cayman@gmail.com or follow the group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/caymanislandsorchidsociety/

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