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Your Time Orchid show, sponsored by the Amherst Orchid Society, held at Smith Vocational Agricultural High School, Northampton

  • JASON PICARD<br/>Former president of the Amherst Orchid Society, Ellen Kennedy (left), talks about student artwork on display at the show with student, Jasmine Galereave (center), and Susan Galereave (right) at the Amherst Orchid Society show on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton.

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    Former president of the Amherst Orchid Society, Ellen Kennedy (left), talks about student artwork on display at the show with student, Jasmine Galereave (center), and Susan Galereave (right) at the Amherst Orchid Society show on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JASON PICARD<br/>Amherst Orchid Society clerk, Alex Loss (center), explains some of the species features to visitors Ann Huner (right) and Arky Markham (right) at the Amherst Orchid Society show on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton.

    JASON PICARD
    Amherst Orchid Society clerk, Alex Loss (center), explains some of the species features to visitors Ann Huner (right) and Arky Markham (right) at the Amherst Orchid Society show on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JASON PICARD<br/>Donna Atwood considers purchasing an orchid of her own at the Amherst Orchid Society show on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton.

    JASON PICARD
    Donna Atwood considers purchasing an orchid of her own at the Amherst Orchid Society show on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JASON PICARD<br/>Donna Petitt (left) and her sister Debbie Zatkowsky (right) at the Amherst Orchid Society show on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton.

    JASON PICARD
    Donna Petitt (left) and her sister Debbie Zatkowsky (right) at the Amherst Orchid Society show on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JASON PICARD<br/>An orchid at the Amherst Orchid Society show on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton.

    JASON PICARD
    An orchid at the Amherst Orchid Society show on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JASON PICARD<br/>An orchid at the Amherst Orchid Society show on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton.

    JASON PICARD
    An orchid at the Amherst Orchid Society show on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JASON PICARD<br/>Cindy Schaedig, of Florence, takes photos with her smart phone at the Amherst Orchid Society show on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton.

    JASON PICARD
    Cindy Schaedig, of Florence, takes photos with her smart phone at the Amherst Orchid Society show on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JASON PICARD<br/>Jeanne (right) and Bob (center) Comerford have details pointed out by Martha's Vinyard orchid grower and vendor, Wendy Oliver at the Amherst Orchid Society show on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton.

    JASON PICARD
    Jeanne (right) and Bob (center) Comerford have details pointed out by Martha's Vinyard orchid grower and vendor, Wendy Oliver at the Amherst Orchid Society show on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JASON PICARD<br/>Roland Normand of Northampton takes photographs at the Amherst Orchid Society show on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton.

    JASON PICARD
    Roland Normand of Northampton takes photographs at the Amherst Orchid Society show on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JASON PICARD<br/>Ginny Ansbergs views a miniature orchid bloom with a magnafying glass at the Amherst Orchid Society show on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton.

    JASON PICARD
    Ginny Ansbergs views a miniature orchid bloom with a magnafying glass at the Amherst Orchid Society show on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JASON PICARD<br/>Former president of the Amherst Orchid Society, Ellen Kennedy (left), talks about student artwork on display at the show with student, Jasmine Galereave (center), and Susan Galereave (right) at the Amherst Orchid Society show on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton.
  • JASON PICARD<br/>Amherst Orchid Society clerk, Alex Loss (center), explains some of the species features to visitors Ann Huner (right) and Arky Markham (right) at the Amherst Orchid Society show on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton.
  • JASON PICARD<br/>Donna Atwood considers purchasing an orchid of her own at the Amherst Orchid Society show on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton.
  • JASON PICARD<br/>Donna Petitt (left) and her sister Debbie Zatkowsky (right) at the Amherst Orchid Society show on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton.
  • JASON PICARD<br/>An orchid at the Amherst Orchid Society show on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton.
  • JASON PICARD<br/>An orchid at the Amherst Orchid Society show on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton.
  • JASON PICARD<br/>Cindy Schaedig, of Florence, takes photos with her smart phone at the Amherst Orchid Society show on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton.
  • JASON PICARD<br/>Jeanne (right) and Bob (center) Comerford have details pointed out by Martha's Vinyard orchid grower and vendor, Wendy Oliver at the Amherst Orchid Society show on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton.
  • JASON PICARD<br/>Roland Normand of Northampton takes photographs at the Amherst Orchid Society show on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton.
  • JASON PICARD<br/>Ginny Ansbergs views a miniature orchid bloom with a magnafying glass at the Amherst Orchid Society show on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton.

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.

To suggest a subject for Your Time, email Suzanne Wilson at swilson@gazettenet.com.

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