Orchid Growers Hope You Pick A Different Valentine Flower

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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Valentine's Day is next week and while many of you will be looking for flowers for that special person, one group hopes your interest will blossom towards another bloom.

"A nice, rainy, dreary week that it has been so far, it makes you feel good," said Stan Hutto, the vice president of the South Carolina Orchid Society.

Hutto was speaking about the annual Orchids on the Riverbanks festival at Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens.

Hutto said, "There are all kinds of shapes, colors, and sizes, you can always find an orchid that will grow in any situation."

Even if you don't have lots of room available the orchid may just be the perfect houseplant according to Hutto.

He said, "People that live inside and don't have greenhouse space, there is something for any kind of condition, any light level you have, so you can find an orchid that will grow."

Andy Cabe is the botanical garden director at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, he says even though orchids may be a little intimidating, shows like this are perfect for the novice or the expert.

Cabe said, "The great thing is you come somewhere like here and they have care sheets to tell you about your particular variety."

"They can give you good orchids that are starter orchids or if you are pretty into it and have done it a while, they can give you ones that are a little more difficult," said Cabe.

After 35 years of growing orchids, Hutto says the choice is not difficult when it comes to which flower to pick, even when most people this time of the year are shopping in another direction.

Hutto said, "Roses are nice, there is nothing wrong with roses, I like the rose society people."

"It just makes for a nice weekend, especially if we a little bit of sunny weather, but even if it is a dreary, rainy weekend, it is nice weekend to spend some time and cheer people up," said Hutto.

The festival kicked off Friday afternoon at the Riverbanks Botanical Garden.

The show continues Saturday through Sunday, 9 AM to 5 PM both days.

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