Older than roses, asters, and humans, the orchid came about in the Mesozoic era when the earth and Rocky Mountains were still taking shape.
Itâ€™s no surprises then that there are more than 25,000 species of the orchid flower family making it not only one of the oldest, but also one of the biggest flowering families on Earth.
Celebrate this beautiful and exotic looking flower in all of its forms at the 2014 Fraser Valley Orchid Society Orchid Show and Sale. The annual show is organized by show chair Wayne Louie who has overseen the showâ€™s creation for the last five years â€“ at least.
With eight local orchid vendors, five orchid societies, and 14 flower show classes, there will be a lot of beauty to be seen at the George Preston Recreation Centre on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
â€œWe are focusing a lot on our local growers [this year],â€ Louie noted. â€œThere will be quite a variety [of orchids] from all of our local vendors.â€
Not only will visitors see orchids up close and personal, they will also be able to purchase them from the vast sales displays.
â€œStunning colours, shapes, and sizes makes our local show a great family treat as well as [a treat for] the green thumbers,â€ Louie said. â€œItâ€™s pretty much the same space [as last year] but with a different layout. The theme is a symphony of orchids so we will be promoting the diversity of orchids available.â€
Through a 50/50 draw, the show will continue its tradition of support for the Langley Hospice Society.
â€œWe are still continuing our support,â€ noted Louie.
Find the Fraser Valley Orchid Societyâ€™s Orchid Show and Sale in the curling rink side of the George Preston Recreation Centre at 20699 42nd Ave.
Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and children under 12 are admitted free.