Glasgow’s annual Orchid Fair takes place on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 April, 2012 in the Kibble Palace at Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens. In its 15th year, it is eagerly-awaited by followers.
Entry is free and open from 10am until 6pm on Saturday and 10am until 5pm on Sunday.
Specialist orchid nurseries from all over the UK will tempt visitors with their exquisite flowers and plants and offer advice on how to keep them. In addition, there will be displays by the Scottish Orchid Society, the British Cactus and Succulent Society and the Glasgow and District Beekeepers Association.
The main range of glasshouses will be open, as usual, for visitors to enjoy the extensive tropical plant displays including the orchid collection. At the same time, there will be a book fair in the nearby Hopkirk Building.
Brian Devlin, executive director for Land and Environmental Services, said: ‘The Orchid Fair is certainly one of our most popular horticultural events of the year, bringing thousands of people to the Botanic Gardens. It is a great opportunity to view a wide range of exotic plants not so easily found anywhere else in Scotland. Whether you want to buy, ask advice or simply just look and learn, the event guarantees an enjoyable day out.’
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March.
10.00am to 4.30pm.
We hope to see you there.
There will be two Book Fairs in April. The first over the Easter weekend from Friday 6th to Monday 9th, and the following weekend Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th to coincide with the Orchid Fair.
The Botanic Gardens are blooming this month. Not only are the spring flowers coming through and the trees and bushes budding green, the activities within the boundaries have a lot to offer anyone with time to enjoy them. There is the regular Book Fair – Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 April in the Hopkirk Building. There you can browse the fascinating and wide selection of rare and second-hand books and memorabilia. And you can negotiate with the experienced book sellers should you have a volume to sell or want them to search for an elusive title for you. That same weekend is the Orchid Fair in the Kibble Palace. And, as always, there is the delightful Children’s Orchard where youngsters can learn the joy of growing things.