Friday, May 30, 2014
There are several thousand species of orchids and they come in a wide range of sizes and colors. Some are best viewed with a magnifying glass, while others are as large as a person’s hand. Among the colors are shades of pink and purple, white and cream, yellow and gold.
Last weekend, the Amherst Orchid Society held a show at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton that featured selections from many of the Northeast’s orchid growers.
Orchids can be quite fickle, with many needing several years of growth before they begin to bloom. Donna Petitt, a member of the Amherst Orchid Society, said an orchid given to her as a gift by her sister nine years ago finally bloomed this year — and won a ribbon at the show. Petitt’s sister, Debbie Zatkowsky, visiting from Washington D.C., was on hand for the event. The show drew visitors and vendors from Connecticut, Vermont, Cape Cod and other parts of the Northeast.
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