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Get an Early Taste of Spring with Orchids on the Riverbanks

For Immediate Release: January 24, 2012

Annual Festival Planned for Valentines Weekend at Riverbanks Botanical Garden

[Columbia, SC] — Riverbanks is once again partnering with the South Carolina Orchid Society and Ikebana International Chapter 182 for the 7th annual Orchids on the Riverbanks Festival, taking place February 10-12 at Riverbanks Botanical Garden.

The vibrant display of blooming orchids features hundreds of varieties and arrangements from around the world.

"Whether you love to plant or just long for spring, Orchids on the Riverbanks offers every guest a colorful escape from winter when our gardens can grow dormant,” said Andy Cabe, botanical garden director at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. "The exhibition is a splendid sight for everyone to see and enjoy.”

The orchid show also features free programs and expert planting tips for the most seasoned of growers to the greenest of thumbs—scheduled for Saturday, February 11. At 11am, Linda Thorne from Seagrove Orchids will present "Growing Phalaenopsis.” The program will highlight the most popular group of orchids for growing in the home. At 12pm, Carter & Holmes will present "Growing Orchids for Beginners.” This program is a must-see for those just getting started. At 1pm, Tom Nasser of Carolina Orchids will lead a tour of the exhibit hall located inside the Magnolia Room of the Botanical Garden Visitors Center. The interactive tour is designed to expose participants to the wide variety of orchids that exist, as well as allowing time for questions regarding this spectacular species of flower.

Orchids on the Riverbanks is also perfectly timed for the Valentines weekend. Orchid vendors from across the Carolinas will be on hand with live plants for your favorite Valentine.

Festival hours are Friday, February 10 from 1pm-5pm and Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12 from 9am-5pm. Admission to Orchids on the Riverbanks is free with paid admission to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. To learn more about orchids, visit the American Orchid Society at