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Orchids make comeback from March rains

No shortage of colorful blooms at AOS awards

by Dennis Fujimoto – The Garden Island

KUKUI GROVE n The recent rains created a shortage of flowers that in a drier year would have been blooming for the prestigious American Orchid Society awards.

“The rains kept the quality of show flowers down,” one grower lamented. “It also kept a lot of flowers from blooming out, but it’s starting to come back now.”

Despite that handicap, there was no shortage of blooming specimens as members of the Kaua‘i Orchid Society opened up their Annual Show and Sale Friday at Kukui Grove Shopping Center.

American Orchid Society judges who flew in from Honolulu surveyed the offerings and diligently set out to screen the specimens, coming up with two awards for the show.

“This one has appeal,” said Robert Wolaver, an AOS member observing an e dendrobium specimen that was yet to be identified.

The second AOS winning specimen was the focal centerpiece of this year’s show and due to its size, could not be moved.

The show is supplemented by orchid growers offering both flowering as well as stock items for sale, and is augmented by the addition of other vendors who offer a variety of flowering potted plants in time for Mother’s Day.

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) and dfujimoto@kauaipubco.com

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