Orchids: beautiful, mysterious, easy to grow

By Mary Carruth

What is it about orchids that people find exotic and mysterious? Perhaps it’s because there’s no such thing as an ugly orchid. Or maybe it’s because it’s the world’s most advanced plant. There are more species of orchids (between 20,000 and 30,000) than any other plant on earth, and they grow on every continent except Antarctica. Or perhaps it’s simply because they’re fascinating plants with beautiful and intricate flowers.

San Miguel Orchid Market
Sat, Sep 6, and Sun, Sep 7, 10am-5pm
Ancha de San Antonio 32, between Los Faroles and the Saturday Market
Free admission
Kick-Off Fiesta Dinner
Fri, Sep 5, 7-9pm
Los Faroles Restaurant
Ancha de San Antonio 28C
Tickets: Renee at reneemarkulin@gmail.com
or Charlotte at cab882@gmail.com

People of different cultures throughout the world have been fascinated by and attracted to orchids. Mexico is no exception. The knowledge of orchids—their uses, properties and characteristics—dates back to pre-historic times. Orchids thrive in all of Mexico’s seven or eight climate zones, and there are dozens of varieties that are native to San Miguel de Allende and its surroundings. One of the most popular orchids in Mexico—the Ladyslipper—grows throughout Guanajuato. San Miguel has a wonderful history as a center of orchid cultivation: Stirling Dickinson brought in hundreds of varieties of Mexican orchids when he established the Jardín de Orquídeas Los Pocitos, located on calle Santo Domingo, a spectacular collection of unique and beautiful orchids from all parts of Mexico. The garden is still open to the public (on a limited basis).

If you’re looking for some answers as to why orchids are so intriguing and why there are more groups dedicated to growing orchids than any other plant variety, you definitely need to come to San Miguel’s first Orchid Market on September 6 and 7 to be held at Ancha de San Antonio 32, between Los Faroles and the Saturday Organic Farmers Market from 10am to 5pm both days. The Orchid Market will have various vendors from Mexico City, Querétaro, and other cities who will be selling orchids and orchid supplies, as well as succulents. Admission to the market is free.

Sandro Cusi, from Río Verde Orchids, one of the leading orchid growers and breeders in Mexico will present a workshop on Saturday, September 6, at 1pm on the proper care of orchids in San Miguel. The workshop fee is 100 pesos. There will also be an educational table on the best orchids to grown in San Miguel.

The fun will begin on Friday night (September 5) with a kick-off fiesta at Los Faroles from 7 to 9pm with a special buffet dinner. Tickets are available by contacting Renee at reneemarkulin@gmail.com or Charlotte at cab882@gmail.com. The fiesta will include some great door prizes and a silent auction. The great food will continue all day Saturday and Sunday with special lunches available at Los Faroles. A 10 percent discount will be available to everyone—no tickets required.

The Orchid Market is being sponsored by the Orchid Lovers of San Miguel, a group of people whose love of orchids has brought them together not as a formal club, but as a fun, social group with one common denominator: everyone’s personal love of orchids. The group started in September of 2012 with three people and has grown to more than 25 orchid lovers.

Come join us on the weekend of September 5 for a great dinner on Friday evening at 7pm, the orchid workshop on Saturday at 1pm, and of course, the chance to buy some of the most beautiful orchids available in Mexico on Saturday, September 6, and Sunday, September 7.

San Miguel Orchid Market is an informative, educational opportunity to buy some of the most beautiful orchids in Mexico, and to learn which orchids grow best in San Miguel, and how to properly care for them.



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