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Orchid Show in Westminister, Ca.?

Discussion in 'Forum News' started by Julie Kennon, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. Julie Kennon

    Julie Kennon Member

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    Hi!
    I'm excited to be able to Attend the orchid show in Orange County, in Westminster Feb. 7th - 9th. 2014. I've got my tickets and thinking about what to pack.....and wondering if anyone on the site will be there also??
    It will be my first show so Very Excited! Did I say I was excited...?
    If anyone has any advice on how to carry any plants I get on the plane please share these.
    Also any plant advice on picking wisely. I don't want to get too caught up in the excitement in that way.
    Thanks,
    Julie
     
  2. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    You are going to love it! Good luck in not getting caught up in the excitement. I still haven't mastered that.

    I usually pack some small or medium sized boxes, folded down, to pack plants and put them in my checked in bag or if they are small in my carry on. Some tape to close them is good too. Some polyester "fluff" or other soft cushioning material is helpful. Craft stores have "fluff" for pillows and such. Remember to ask the vendor if you can grow them in your conditions and tell them what that is. Check the label to see that there is a name of the orchid and that you can read it. That way you can look it up later. If you can avoid making a bee-line for the sales area and go to the exhibits first, you can take look around at the exhibits, you can get an idea of who grows what you are interested in. If you see something you like, take note of the exhibitor and if they are a commercial grower there at the show. Even if that person isn't at the show, you can start your 'want list' by taking down the genus, species or hybrid name, and a clonal name (which will be in single quotes) and you can probably find it later.

    I know that you have your tickets, but the San Francisco Pacific Orchid Exposition is a huge show and happening the following weekend.
     
  3. Julie Kennon

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    Marni,
    Thanks for All the good information. Oh I wish I had known about the other show I will actually be in the SF airport on that next Saturday!:(But only for a layover. I'm not sure there is anything I can do to change my ticket...Life will be calling me and I've got to answer....( smile) that thing called work. I'm going for 2 days so I hope that keeps me in check. I think looking at the exhibit first is the plan...and if I an control myself;)I'll sleep on my list and what I've added to it by looking at the vendors booth. It's always better not to impulse buy!
    I have been watching your eBay to see what you have available...got you in my fav's.
    I'm thinking I might need to have and check a second bag for the plants...

    Thanks again!
    Julie
     
  4. Sean Houtman

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    I read in another forum a few hints for picking up plants at a show you have to travel to. You want to use carryon for your plants if possible. Bring packing material, you will need to insulate well if you check the bag, even in summer. If the vendor is willing to ship to you that might help.
     
  5. Julie Kennon

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    Sean,

    I was thinking I would carry them on if I don't bring back the whole show(smile). Especially if anything is in bloom or bud...at a green house the woman gave us pointers on packing and I watched a video on How one of the Hawaiian growers packs for shipment, very helpful. Thanks for adding your suggestions.