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Eastern Iowa Orchid Society receives Silver Certificate

The Eastern Iowa Orchid Society was awarded the Show Trophy for the best exhibit in the entire show at the Winter Carnival Orchid Show held in St. Paul, Minn., on Jan. 27. (contributed photo)

NORTH LIBERTY– The Eastern Iowa Orchid Society received a prestigious Silver Certificate at the Winter Carnival Orchid Show held in St. Paul, Minn., on Jan. 27. In addition, the organization was awarded the Show Trophy for the best exhibit in the entire show.
The American Orchid Society judges scored the display for a national award and, with 85 points, was issued a Silver Certificate. This was a first for the local society.
Orchid society members take their own orchids and displays to regional shows throughout the Midwest. The plants are also judged individually for ribbons and individual national awards.
Robert Bannister’s Phalaeopsis hybrid “Freckles” received an Award of Merit at the show this year.
More than 5,000 people visited the show at the Como Park Conservatory throughout the two-day weekend.
The Eastern Iowa Orchid Society (formerly the Iowa City Orchid Society) is a small group of people with a big love of growing orchids. The nonprofit organization, formed in 1991, is an affiliate of the American Orchid Society. Members, ranging in age from 20 to 80 years, represent all walks of life in Eastern Iowa. Dues are $20 per year for individuals; $30 per year for couples.
The organization meets the first Thursday of the month September through December, and February through May at the Shueyville United Methodist Church, in Shueyville. For more information, visit the website at www.easterniowaorchidsociety.org