How about an orchid for Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Orchid by LollyKnit

Valentine’s Day is coming and I know all the intelligent male and maybe many of the intelligent female readers of TheGardenLady blog are planning something really special for their beloved Valentine on that day.

Say it with flowers is a romantic advertisement logo- though the florists usually mean cut flowers. I love receiving cut flowers; but if I had my choice, I would prefer receiving flowering plants. Cut flowers last a few days or if I am lucky, perhaps a week or two. However, a flowering plant, if it lives, can give me years of bloom. And if the plant has flowers when it is delivered to me, but it dies, I usually feel that it is still a winning situation because the plant probably cost less or not more than cut flowers which have to be thrown out in a week or less.

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2010 Orchid Show at Longwood Gardens, March 26, 27 & 28

Longwood Gardens second Orchid Show (2) by

A wonderful orchid show will be held at Longwood Gardens this coming Friday March 26th, Saturday March 27, and Sunday 28th, from 9am-6pm daily. In orchid growers’ opinions, this is the best show on the East Coast, filled with outstanding orchid exhibits, judged by American Orchid Society judges, educational orchid lectures, and numerous orchid vendors from around the world offering orchid plants and supplies for sale. For more information, go to and click on International Orchid Show and Sale for detailed information. Stony Brook Orchids will be there all three days, so please stop by and say hello. Say TheGardenLady sent you.

2009 Longwood Gardens Orchid Show

Longwood Gardens Orchids by duck_6872
Longwood Gardens Orchids by duck_6872

The biggest orchid show of the season is coming up on March 27-29, at Longwood Gardens. It is a wonderful show. If you haven’t seen this orchid show before, you’re in for a real treat. For more information, go to the sponsoring orchid society’s website for a listing of lectures, exhibitors, etc. For the price of admission to Longwood Gardens, you get to see it all!

orchids at longwood garden orchid show by paladinsf
orchids at longwood garden orchid show by paladinsf

Susan Gange, whose Stony Brook Orchid Nursery TheGardenLady wrote about, will be exhibiting at this Longwood Gardens Orchid Extravaganza again this year. If you go to the show, please stop by and say hello to Susan Gange and tell her that you read about the show and her nursery in

How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with that Special Person

V-Day on Flickr by CCCvrcak
V-Day on Flickr by CCCvrcak

Valentine’s Day is coming up and TheGardenLady is sure that many of her readers are thinking about what to give your girlfriend, wife, mother or significant other.

Roses? How lovely.

Have you thought about giving an orchid this year or at least going to see an orchid show? Take your love to the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden or the International Orchid Show in Santa Barbara, CA or an orchid show in your area. Give her the tickets on Valentine’s Day and then go to the show when you have the time.

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Stony Brook Orchids – A great place for orchids


TheGardenLady loves to let her readers know about excellent nurseries she thinks her readers would like to know about as well as flower shows that her readers would enjoy.

One such nursery is Stony Brook Orchids,  an orchid business in Pennington, NJ, that specializes in Phalaenopsis orchid plants of all colors and sizes, including the more unusual yellows, art shades, stripes, spots and more.  The nursery also sells miniature Cattleyas, one of the small treasures of the orchid world with plant height generally under 6 inches (flower spikes taller on some varieties) as well as Oncidium orchids.  And the nursery sells orchid-growing supplies, such as potting mix, fertilizer, etc.

The owner of Stony Brook Orchids is Susan Gange who says that she bought her first orchid in 1978 and promptly killed it, having relied on the rather sketchy orchid-growing information available to the hobby grower at that time. A couple of years later, she tried again, with much better success. So much success that this hobby resulted in a business.

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