March 19, 2023

Orchid Show is back

“The Cayman Islands Orchid Society in partnership with the QEII Botanic Park Orchid Show and Sale is Back!”

[Two-day Orchid Show and Sale aims to raise funds for orchid conservation]

[North Side, Grand Cayman, March 17, 2023] – On the weekend of March 25th and 26th orchid lovers island wide can become immersed in beautiful blooms on exhibit throughout the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park and with a planned fundraising sale, possibly take home an orchid of their very own.

Botanic Park General Manager, John Lawrus encourages visitors to enjoy a day at the park saying, “The Orchid Show is one of our annual events which is an opportunity for the public to come out and experience not only the myriad of orchids on display, purchase an orchid for themselves or as a gift, and also to enjoy the natural beauty of the flora and fauna of the Botanic Park.”

Visitors enjoying theOrchid Show display of hundreds of orchid species cultivated locally and abroad. 

Visitors to the show can discover the vibrant colors, delightful scents, and interesting backstories of rare and exotic orchids during this event. In addition to a beautiful display of orchids, the two-day show will also include a fundraising orchid sale, an orchid auction, food and informal talks to help educate the orchid enthusiasts.

The Orchid Show and Sale is organised annually with the support of the Cayman Islands Orchid Society whose membership is looking forward to another great year working alongside the staff of the Botanic Park.

Members of the Cayman Islands Orchid Society by the raffle tent.

“This event is one of the ongoing traditions which takes place at the Park and demonstrates the success of consistent and dedicated partnership,” said TAB Director, Patrick Thompson. “The Tourism Attraction Board extends its gratitude and appreciation to the Orchid Society for the many years of support the Botanic Park has received to ensure the delivery of a successful event annually,” added Mr. Thompson.

“The Orchid Society is pleased to present the Annual Orchid Show in collaboration with our partner, the QE II Botanic Park.  We invite all orchid enthusiasts, the curious, the intuitive and expert cultivators to join us in celebration of this very special and fascinating family of plants. We look forward to a wonderful show, and the opportunity to share the joy of these special plants.” – CIOS President – Hazel Brown.

Long time members of the Cayman Islands Orchid Society

The exhibition which showcases hundreds of orchids in bloom, come from the collection of the Cayman Islands Orchid Society members and many of the orchids on sale have been brought in from Jamaica and other vendors from Florida.

“This year’s show is set to be on the smaller side due to ongoing limitations with the importation process  but we are working hard on putting together a good show and as usual we anticipate it will be at the level our regular visitors and buyers have come to expect,” added Mr. Lawrus. 

Patrons looking for  their very own Phalaenopsis hybrid orchid.

Proceeds from the fundraising sale go toward the continued development of the orchid boardwalk area at the Botanic Park. The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park Orchid Show runs Saturday and Sunday March 25th and 26th from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily and is included with special event admission rates of CI$10 for adults, children aged 6-12 – $5.00 and children aged 5 and under, free admission. For more information, please email [email protected] or call 947-9462.

More about the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park
The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, an attraction managed by the Tourism Attraction Board, is open Monday to Sunday from 9:00AM to 4:30PM. Boasting over 62 acres of lush landscape, the Park is home to an abundance of wildlife including many of the islands’ 56 species of butterfly, native birds, the Cayman Parrot and the endangered Cayman Blue Iguana. With multiple floral gardens, woodland trails, wetlands, a lake and over 60 species of palm trees, there is so much to do and see at the Botanic Park. 

The Park which was originally designed to show and preserve the Cayman Islands’ native flora and fauna – as well as to promote education, conservation and recreation – now has over 30,000 visitors each year, many of whom come to enjoy the tranquility, culture and natural beauty that abounds in this hidden treasure. The Heritage Garden is a beautiful tribute to the people of the islands and their traditional Caymanian way of life. 

More about The Cayman Islands Orchid Society
The Cayman Islands Orchid Society is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the preservation of Cayman’s native orchids and educating its members and the public on orchid conservation and orchid culture. You can contact the Society on [email protected] or follow the group on Facebook 

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