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ORCHIDAY. Discovering rare orchids from the world

On Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 February, ORCHIDAY, the seventh edition of the International Orchid Show, will be back at Peraga in Mercenasco (TO).
Peraga, one of the largest Garden Centres in Italy – with its 12,000 square metres dedicated to those who love greenery, where plants and decorative objects alternate as in the best selections on Pinterest – is ready to welcome enthusiasts and collectors for an appointment made of beauty, elegance, harmony and refinement.
Many visitors are expected, in full compliance with anti-Covid regulations, thousands of plants will be on show, more than 500 specimens of orchids to be discovered, of different species and from all over the world: orchids with spectacularly coloured and scented flowers, very small, smelling at sunset or showing their beauty for just one day.

Five exhibitors will be present: Orchideria di Morosolo (VA), Il Sughereto (GR), OrchisMundi (BL), Varesina Orchidee (VA), Le Orchidee del Lago Maggiore (VB). The great expert and collector Giancarlo Pozzi, a true point of reference in Italian floriculture, will take care of the display and selection. He has created more than 50 hybrids and registered them with the Orchid Register of the Royal Horticultural Society of London, the world “registry” of orchids.

Not only a wonderful exhibition, but also an opportunity to learn to recognise and love this tropical flower whose beauty, sensuality and elegance fills the eyes and stimulates endorphins, with beneficial effects on health and mood. For two days, the Peraga Garden Center in Mercenasco will be transformed into a unique garden where you can admire hundreds of varieties of orchids, including rare specimens at risk of extinction due to pollution and climate change.

The highlights of the exhibition will be the Scaphosepalum, the “miniature” orchid typical of the forests of Ecuador, characterised by small lemon-coloured flowers; the Oerstedella, originally from Nicaragua, with its elegant downward bending habit, very slender leaves and twigs and small lilac-coloured bunches of flowers; the beautiful Cattleya, which, in its natural habitat, grows on trees and rocks, and many other unmissable varieties.

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