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Best Way To Give Her Orchids

Orchid Derby

Once upon a time, orchids were considered de rigueur for romantic occasions. Nowadays, people have learned to grow their own, and once a year, the Rhode Island Orchid Society holds an ORCHID DERBY. (The eighth annual event will take place at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center on May 3 and 4 from 11 am to 3 pm.) The show, put on by the 60 members of RIOS, is a great cheap date, with hundreds of different flowers. Some have demure faces, others aggressive spikes and speckles. Permutations and combinations of colors span the spectrum, with a surprise in every blossom. Wandering among the exotic blooms, many native to Hawaii and Peru, you can almost fantasize the sounds of a tropical jungle and dream about vacations to come. Or you can grab the moment and decide to raise one on your windowsill. Then you’ll always have the real thing close at hand. | 31 Litzen Road, North Smithfield | 401.769.0369 |
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