Ralph Belk III, president of the Triangle Orchid Society, was first introduced to orchids when his partner gave him one in 2012 which Belk was able to rebloom in 2013 — this prompted his curiosity of orchids, and he inquired more on how to grow and pot them.
The 5th Annual Fall for Orchids show will be held at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens from Nov. 8 to Nov. 10.
“Most people, when they think of an orchid, they think of what we call a Phalaenopsis, which is the moth orchid or the type you see at the grocery store, and they think that that is all that it is, but they are actually the second most populous family of plants in the whole world,” said Sarah Patterson, a member of the Triangle Orchid Society Board of Trustees.
The orchid shows will provide attendees a way to see orchids in bloom and meet experts and other enthusiasts.
“Some people are into orchids because they like pretty flowers, some people are into orchids because they like the artistic arrangement of flowers,” Belk said. “Some people are into orchids because they like competing for awards, shows are places where you can engage people on a number of those things."