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Media Preview for Orchid Show

PHILADELPHIA, April 3, 2013

News & Photo Memo

Media Is Invited to Witness Judging, Preview International Orchid Show & Sale, Friday, April 12, Starting 10 a.m.

What:         The Southeastern Pennsylvania Orchid Society’s International Orchid Show and Sale will be held in Philadelphia for the first time, at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Members of the media are invited to enter the show before it opens to the public and to witness the judging by American Orchid Society judges. The Orchid Show is highly competitive and features more than 30 spectacular exhibits showcasing beautiful, sometimes bizarre, often fragrant, and always interesting orchids in full bloom.

When:         Media may enter at 10 a.m. Friday, April 12. Judging will take place throughout the day at the displays arrayed in the museum halls on the first and second floors. Individual plants of exceptional quality will be pulled from the displays and brought to the Darwin Room where they will be judged on individual merit.

                    Public show hours are Friday, April 12, from noon to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where:       The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Media should enter at the 19th Street Members entrance (not the front door on Ben Franklin Parkway) and check in at the Security Desk.

RSVP:         To be added to the Press List, contact Carolyn Belardo at or 215-299-1043.   

Background:  The International Orchid Show & Sale is the largest show of its kind in the U.S., outside of California and Florida. Besides the judged show, two dozen vendors from around the world will set up shop and offer orchid plants as well as growing supplies and related giftware. Free tours and talks will take place throughout the three-day event and there are special activities and crafts for children. The show is free with regular museum admission, which is $15 for adults and $13 for children and seniors. Discounted admission is offered on Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and food and cash bar will be available.

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Media Contact

Carolyn Belardo

Director of Public Relations
Phone: 215.299.1043