Hey people, I once belonged to the orchid society in my city. Since the society relocated to another part of my town I decided that it wasn't worth the extra miles plus I'm not crazy about driving at night. The other day at the store I ran into a guy that belonged to my local society when I was a member. We struck up a conversation and he told me that he also did not renew his membership to our local society. I told him the reason why I decided not to renew my membership. He said that he thought the reason for me not to renew my membership was because I found out what the majority of the members do when our yearly show is approaching. I told him that I had no idea what he meant. He said that many members would order from well known orchid vendors just before the show and display it as a plant that they grew. Of coure they order a plant that is big and has many flowers and buds. I was floored and when I thought about it I found the answer to my thinking. I always wondered why certain growers always won a first place ribbon on their cool growing orchid. I also figured out that when you went to the grower's greenhouse you would never see the types of orchids that he won first place on. I now realize the reason why they would sell a prize winning plant to the general public. You could always buy another one. I'll never join my local society ever again. It apparently doesn't bother them when they receive a prize for having the best grown orchid when in fact they did nothing to grow it.