Orchid festival in bloom at Riverbanks Botanical Garden

An orchid in bloom.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Calling all orchid lovers in South Carolina. This weekend is for you.

Starting Friday, Riverbanks Botanical Garden in Columbia is again partnering with the South Carolina Orchid Society and Ikebana International Chapter 182 for an annual orchid show. Organizers say the three-day event features hundreds of varieties from all over the world, as well as a number of Japanese-style flower arrangements.

Visitors can seek out expert orchid-growing advice and take part in complimentary programs on planting and arranging. Orchid vendors from across the Carolinas will be on hand offering a diverse assortment of plants for purchase.

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Online: www.riverbanks.org