Orchids can be a rewarding hobby

There is no denying the fact that orchids are an inspiration to artists, who skillfully attempt to capture their elegance in delicate shapes and colors.  Their beauty motivates authors to write stories and novels.  Fashion designers use them in creative designs for necklaces, earrings, or may even use resin to preserve the flowers forever.  It is not surprising then that the conservation of orchids needs to be cannot be stressed.  Thankfully, there are organizations like the North American Orchid Conservation Center at http://www.serc.si.edu established for this purpose.

Living in Florida guarantees that the Orchid hobbyist with an interest in growing some of the over 200,000 species that exist naturally, or even cultivating hybrids would have the ideal conditions in which to experiment.  High humidity, warm temperatures that fluctuate widely between day and night, and the wind that arises from these changes in temperature, together with the bright light needed by some species make it ideal conditions for growth.

One way to be introduced to orchids, is to visit any of the Orchid Shows which take place near you.  This year I caught the Ft. Lauderdale Show at the War Memorial and the display was spectacular.  I witnessed some new and exciting hybrids such as the red/magenta phalaenopsis which is now being widely crossbred with other genera.  A few years ago, there was one black orchid on exhibit.  This year, several appeared in different varieties.

 

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If you are a collector of orchids and have any rare or beautiful orchids you’d like to share, please weigh in.

 

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My interest in art is multi-cultural, reflecting my background in Caribbean, African and European art. Since I was born in a Third World country and now live in the U.S.A, I am aware of the xenophobia that exists in the U.S, as well as the lack of understanding for immigrant values. Appreciation of the art and music of Latinos, Afro-Caribbeans, Afro Americans and Haitians as well as European art informs who I am, since my ancestry is a mix of Caribbean and European cultures. I believe fitness is important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and nature an integral element of our health and diet. Sea-level rise is important to the discourse of climate change. This is not a concept owned only by science. Refusal to accept its premise will destroy our planet and our very existence. It is a scientific fact and we can see proof all around us. I live on the Intracoastal in Florida and see evidence of gradual beach erosion every day. Fish come ashore in heavy downpours of rain in Miami. My goal is to expand on the awareness of what is being done locally to address issues that threaten our environment for our kids and grandkids in the future. I believe that there is a symbiotic relationship between ourselves and nature and I will strive to protect our environment each day for as long as I can. Additionally, I have always been an advocate for the mentally ill, having volunteered with the Essex County Mental Health Association. I consider Voter Rights an important responsibility of every citizen and have spent many years promoting Voter Education with the League of Women Voters.

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