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Orchids of all shapes and sizes will be on display at the Baton Rouge Orchid Society's Show and Sale July 8-9.

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Orchids — big ones, small ones, weird ones, tall ones — will fill the Burden Center July 8-9 for the Baton Rouge Orchid Society’s 31st annual Orchid Show and Sale.

Doors open at 9 a.m. Saturday at the center, 4560 Essen Lane, and close at 5 p.m. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

This year's theme explores "Orchid Jewels," and the show will feature exhibits and displays of exotic blooms by orchid societies from around Louisiana and the Gulf Coast region. Additionally, vendors will be selling plants and offering growing advice.

Unlike other shows where flowers are displayed in vases or pots, at orchid shows the flowers are made into breathtaking tropical displays and exhibits to resemble the orchid's natural habit or to showcase the theme.

Judges from the American Orchid Society will select winners in competitions both for flowers and displays.

You can also bring a plant to repot with the help of members of the Orchid Society, which will provide the supplies.

The show will include a Kiddie Korner, where youngsters will be introduced to the beauty and joy of growing orchids, which are the largest family of flowering plants on Earth, with 35,000 species and at least 200,000 hybrids in 880 genera.

For information contact Danna Spayde at (225) 383-3554, email rkidlady@aol.com or check out the society on Facebook.