WNC Orchid Society Festival brings huge crowds

WNC Arboretum


Graham Ramsey (L) poses with Bob Hydzik (R) with Graham’s “Best in Show” specimen in yellow, in the center. Graham is from this area, and Bob is the vice president of WNCOS and lives in Knoxville.

The Western North Carolina Orchid Society is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation focused on sharing a passion for orchid cultivation and native orchid conservation. The Society was originally formed in September of 1962 and is an affiliate of the American Orchid Society.

The Society typically meets at 2:00 PM on the second Sunday of each month at the Asheville Visitor Center, located at 36 Montford Ave., Asheville, NC 28801. All orchid lovers are welcome to attend the meetings, which  are free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary – just an appreciation of the fantastic variety of the world of orchids and a desire to learn more about the world of orchids.

Most meetings feature interesting guest speakers, a show and tell session for members to show off and discuss their currently in-bloom orchids, and a raffle for orchids and orchid growing supplies.

Bonnie Mangold (L), from the Camera Club of Hendersonville, enjoys taking photos of unique specimens from the Knoxville Orchid Society, one of the many exhibitors. Other clubs that exhibited in this year’s show included Columbia SC, Greensboro, Charlotte, and Plymouth MN- who exhibited an oriental display of orchids.


Mike Mims is the president of the WNC Orchid Society, and commented that this year’s show was the busiest show on record at the Arboretum. It was also a record breaking weekend of visitors at the Arboretum.

Mike Mims, President




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