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Orchids: Beautiful, Mysterious, and Easy to Grow

Green San Miguel

By Chuck Friedman

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, and there are more species of orchids (between 20,000 and 30,000) than any other plant on Earth (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 5, and Sun, Sep 6, 10-5pm
Workshop on the care of orchids
Sat, Sep 5, 1pm
Ancha de San Antonio 32
Between La Bodega and the Saturday Market

People of different cultures throughout the world have been fascinated and attracted to orchids, and Mexico is no exception, where 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. And 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 Orchideas Los Pocitos, (located on Calle Santo Domingo), a spectacular collection of unique and beautiful orchids from all parts of Mexico, and which is still open (on a limited basis) to the public.

So, 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 Orchid Market on September 5 and 6 at Ancha de San Antonio 32, between La Bodega and the Saturday 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. Sandro Cusi, from Río Verde Orchids, one of the leading orchid growers and breeders in Mexico, will present a one-and-a-half to two-hour workshop on Saturday, September 5, at 1pm on the proper care of orchids in San Miguel. The workshop fee is 100 pesos. At 3pm, San Miguel Orchid Growers will share information on the best orchids to grow in San Miguel, 50 pesos. Admission to the market is free.

The fun will begin on Friday, September 4, with a kick-off fiesta at La Bodega from 7 to 9pm. Tickets are available by contacting Mark at The fiesta will also include a silent auction.

The Orchid Market is being sponsored by the Orchid Lovers of San Miguel, a group of 25 orchid-loving fanatics.


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