Asheville Orchid Festival

Asheville Orchid Festival, NC Arboretum

April 15-17, 2016
Go to the N.C. Arboretum to step into a lush, tropical world at the Asheville Orchid Festival. It will be bigger than ever since it will also be the national spring meeting of the Amercian Orchid Society! Hundreds of orchids will fill the Education Center of the Arboretum in this show, which is one of the largest in the southeast. See dazzling colors, exotic scents, and hints of an ancient world in carefully crafted displays. A full slate of experts is scheduled to present at the event, offering a daily repotting clinic, guided tours and a variety of lectures.

The Western North Carolina Orchid Society (WNCOS) and the American Orchid Society (AOS)'s big show will attract 10,000+ visitors, including leading national and international orchid experts. World-class orchid growers and regional orchid societies will exhibit for the 18th annual show, and orchids will be for sale from 13 vendors.

Asheville Orchid Festival

At the beginning of the festival, a team of AOS judges will evaluate the orchids and accompanying displays. Orchids deemed exceptional are chosen for AOS judging, and the judges compare them to other orchids of that same variety that have been judged in the past. WNCOS will also award ribbons to winning recipients in more than 100 classes of orchids. As part of the spring meeting, AOS members and the public may also attend a variety of specialty classes and lectures at the Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park (registration is required.)

Asheville Orchid Festival

Classes & Lectures

Friday

  • 11 AM: “A Walk Around the World of Orchids” with Biltmore Estate Orchid Specialist Marc Burchette – a guided tour & professional commentary on the fabulous orchids on display
  • 12:30 PM: “Everything Orchids” with author Barb Schmidt – learn about orchid care as discussed in Barb’s new book
  • 2 PM: “Award Winning Growers Choose Orchiata” – Graham Wood with Lehua Orchids in Hawaii & Gary Clark with Besgrow from New Zealand tell you why

Saturday

  • 11 AM: “A Walk Around the World of Orchids” with Biltmore Estate Orchid Specialist Marc Burchette – a guided tour & professional commentary on the fabulous orchids on display
  • 12:30 PM: “Dendrobiums for Everyone” – Mark Reinke with Marble Branch Farms will cover Dendrobiums that beginners and everyone else will want to grow
  • 2 PM: Award Winning Growers Choose Orchiata”” – Graham Wood with Lehua Orchids in Hawaii & Garry Clark with Besgrow from New Zealand tell you why

Sunday

  • 11 AM: “A Walk Around the World of Orchids” with Biltmore Estate Orchid Specialist Marc Burchette – a guided tour & professional commentary on the fabulous orchids on display
  • 12 PM: “Award Winning Growers Choose Orchiata” – Jason Fischer with Orchids Limited from Minnesota & Garry Clark with Besgrow from New Zealand tell you why
  • 2 PM: “Growing Complex Paphiopedilums” – Hadley Cash – Marriott Orchids – learn about the latest in complex paphiopedilums and their culture

The three-day show is open 9 AM-5 PM. Admission to the Asheville Orchid Festival at The North Carolina Arboretum is $5 per person, collected at the door. Children 12 and under are free. Members of The North Carolina Arboretum Society, WNCOS members, and AOS full pass holders are invited to attend a free festival preview event on April 14 at the Arboretum from 5-9 PM. Festival attendees who are not Arboretum Society members are also required to pay the Arboretum’s standard $12 parking fee.

NC Arboretum Spring

While you are there, explore the Arboretum’s kaleidoscope of spring color with 65 acres of cultivated gardens, ten miles of hiking and biking trails, and engaging exhibits.

For more information, see our NC Arboretum Guide.

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March 18-May 25, 2017
Celebrate Spring with a spectacular display of colorful blooms across Biltmore Estate. Starting on the first day of spring, Biltmore celebrates the legacy of Frederick Law... read more
Here are our top picks for Spring events and festivals in the Asheville area in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina - including Mother's Day and Memorial Day Weekend. Many are free! Enjoy.