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Orchid Market Event Will Bring Vendors from All Over México


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. Maybe because it’s the world’s most advanced plant or perhaps because there are more species of orchids (between 40,000 and 50,000) than any other plant on earth and they grow on every continent except Antarctica. Or because they’re fascinating plants with beautiful and intricate flowers.

The Orchid Market is being sponsored by the Orchid Growers 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 Orchid Market will have 20+ vendors from all over México who will be selling orchids, orchid supplies, succulents, and cacti. Admission to the Orchid Market is free.

People of different cultures throughout the world have been fascinated by and attracted to orchids. México is no exception. Knowledge of orchids—their uses, properties, and characteristics—dates back to prehistoric times.

Orchids thrive in all of México’s eight climate zones. One of the most popular orchids in México—the Slipper Orchid (Paphiopedilum)—grows throughout Guanajuato. There are several varieties that are native to San Miguel de Allende and its surroundings.

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 with a spectacular collection of unique and beautiful orchids from all parts of México.

If you’re looking for answers as to why orchids are so intriguing and why there are more groups dedicated to growing and studying orchids than any other plant variety in the world, you definitely need to come to San Miguel’s fifth Orchid Market on Saturday and Sunday, September 7 and 8, from 10am–5pm on both days, inside the Instituto Allende.


“San Miguel Orchid Market”

Sat–Sun, Sep 7–8, 10am–5pm

Ancha de San Antonio 32

Inside the Instituto, almost to Cardo

Admission free


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