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Hundreds of Orchid Blooms Showcased at "A Journey to the Far East" Show at The NC Arboretum

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The WNC Orchid Society will host its annual show and sale at The North Carolina Arboretum on Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The popular judged plant show, themed “Orchid Mystery: A Journey to the Far East,” will feature displays of hundreds of orchids as well as programs on both days. Regional orchid vendors from the Southeast as well as expert orchid growers will provide orchid care demonstrations and presentations in the Arboretum’s Education Center.

In addition to “Orchid Mystery: A Journey to the Far East,” other NC Arboretum events and activities throughout the weekend are offered free unless noted:

• Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats ~ An interactive traveling exhibit that dispels myths and provides visitors with a fun, factual look at how bats are important to plants and our world.

•Segway Tours ~ Take a unique guided tour of the Arboretum in a quiet, environmentally friendly way. Registration required and some restrictions apply; weekend rate is $55.

•Azalea Repository ~ Visit the National Native Azalea Repository to get a first glimpse of spring bloom. The repository features more 350 native azalea plants and offers a vivid palette of colors from flaming orange to brilliant pink.

A Journey to the Far East” is free for Arboretum Society members or with the parking fee of $6 per personal vehicle. For information, call 828.665.2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.