(September 7, 2007) - Exotic orchids in all shapes, sizes and colors take center stage during Orchids in October, a fall celebration at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, October 4 - 6.
The annual three-day Orchids in October celebration includes an orchid sale, a free admission day into the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory and a ticketed luncheon.
Over 300 orchids will be available during the ever-popular orchid sale, October 4 – 6, with options catering to both beginning and advanced orchid growers. Beginning growers are encouraged to start with Phalaenoposis, Dendrobiums or Oncidiums. More experienced collectors may be interested in Brassia, Vanda and Miltonias.
Horticulturalists and orchid enthusiasts will be on-hand to answer any questions and help with selections. The orchid sale takes place in the South Lobby of the Crystal Bridge.
Free admission into the Crystal Bridge is offered October 5 as part of the celebration. Inside the Crystal Bridge, guests can marvel at the hundreds of blooms dotting the landscape.
“I always look forward to the month of October, when we showcase our extensive orchid collection in the Crystal Bridge. Hundreds of blooms of varying color, form and fragrance will greet visitors on every level of the Crystal Bridge,” said Myriad Gardens Manager Allan Storjohann.
The ticketed fundraiser luncheon October 4 honors James Pickel, this year’s Crystal Orchid Award honoree. Mr. Pickel, co-owner and executive vice president of Smith & Pickel Construction, has been a member of the Myriad Gardens Foundation board of directors for more than 15 years. He currently serves as vice president.
“All of Oklahoma City has been the fortunate beneficiary of James Pickel’s broad dedication to the public good. We are so pleased to be able to honor him at Orchids in October this year,” said Michael S. Laird, president of the Myriad Gardens Foundation.
Past winners of the Crystal Orchid Award include James Tolbert, Dannie Bea Hightower, Ginny Greenberg, Morton Payne and Jean McLaughlin.
Orchids in October is presented by the Myriad Gardens Foundation – a private, non-profit organization created to provide capital funding and increase public awareness of the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Orchids in October has grown to be the Foundation’s premiere fundraising opportunity, allowing it to be an increasingly effective advocate for the Gardens.
Lynn Robberson and James Morley co-chair this year’s Orchids in October celebration.
Call (405) 297-3995 or log on to www.myriadgardens.com for more information.
The Myriad Botanical Gardens is located at Reno and Robinson in downtown Oklahoma City. Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors 62+, students 13-18 and adults with a college ID; $3 for children 4-12. Myriad Gardens Foundation members get free admission.