Grand champion orchid (photo/Eastern Iowa Orchid Society)

Grand champion orchid (photo/Eastern Iowa Orchid Society)

As the weather turns chilly, there remains one wonderful, warm sanctuary for plant-lovers in Cedar Rapids.

The Noelridge Greenhouse is a great place  to escape the cold and an upcoming orchid show offers a timely excuse to go.

Read about the gardens at Noelridge Park in these articles:
National garden contest at Noelridge

Noelridge weeding parties and see more from the Eastern Iowa Orchid Society about their event on Oct. 18 and 19, 2014:

The Eastern Iowa Orchid Society, in cooperation with the  Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department, is pleased to announce The Third Annual Eastern Iowa Orchid Show and Sale on October 18 & 19th, 2014, at the Noelridge Park Greenhouse, 4900 Council Street NE, Cedar Rapids.

The show is free and open to the public

Sat., Oct. 18, 10AM – 5 PM and Sunday, Oct. 19, 10AM – 4PM.

This will be a regional orchid show with flowering orchid displays in Noelridge Park’s tropical greenhouses. Exhibitors come from throughout the Midwest.

Activities will include American Orchid Society orchid judging, beautiful floor and table top displays of blooming orchids and exhibits of orchid related crafts and collectables. A wide variety of orchid plants will be for sale from reputable vendors.

Volunteers will be present to answer questions about the orchids in the show and lectures will be given daily: Orchids Alive: Repotting, Basic Culture, and Reblooming.

Visitors may cast their vote for the ‘People’s Choice Award’, the best orchid display in the show. Other special awards include ‘Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion’ for the best two blooming orchids; ‘Nature’s Best Award’ for the best orchid species displayed; ‘Weird and Wonderful Award’ for the most unusual orchid; and ‘Mini but Mighty Award’ for the best miniature orchid.  The show venue offers a Fall splash of color with an opportunity to view exotic orchid blooms in artistically arranged displays.

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Eastern Iowa Orchid Society exhibit and people's choice award. (photo/Eastern Iowa Orchid Society)

Eastern Iowa Orchid Society show trophy and people’s choice exhibit. (photo/Eastern Iowa Orchid Society)