Blooming orchids, displays at show in Kona
“Celebrate with Orchids” at the 32nd annual Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club (KDOC) show and sale Sunday, July 27, at the Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall.
This year’s celebratory theme is in conjunction with the mission’s 100th anniversary year. The free event offers attendees complimentary refreshments, plus an orchid boutonniere corsage — while they last. Time is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the Daifukuji Taiko Drummers performing at 10 a.m.
Enjoy an elaborate and colorful display of live blooming cattleya, cymbidium, dendrobium, phalaenopsis, miltonia, vanda and more. Cameras are welcome. In addition this year’s show will have a display of orchid-themed vases and a sampling of ways to integrate the plants into lanai décor. Amid orchids, relax on benches while browsing through orchid-themed magazines and books.
Got growing questions? Veteran members will staff their traditional Question-and-Answer Booth where attendees can get expert advice on caring for orchids. The club boasts eight charter members, who each have been growing orchids at least 30 years at different Kona elevations.
In addition to the other displays, the annual event offers an outdoor sale of high-quality orchid species and hybrids.
The Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club is West Hawaii’s oldest orchidaceae organization, with a mission to learn and foster orchid culture and promote fellowship among orchid collectors. The club meets the second Wednesday of every month at the Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall on Highway 11 at mile marker 114, just north of Kainaliu.
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