Gala Benefit Night

2016 Pacific Orchid Exposition Features New Talent and Dining Options in Lieu of Annual Gala

Although we will not be having our Thursday evening gala, guests at the 64th Annual Pacific Orchid Exposition will now have something new to look forward to; a plethora of new artists, musicians, food options and florists will now be joining the exciting event.

Art will be found at every corner at the upcoming event. An exhibition will showcase the local artist, Kevin Woodson, as he captivates the audience with a live watercolor painting of the alluring phaius orchid while musical performances by The Rightsiders and World Wind inspire the crowds as they make their way through the venue.

Attendees will also dine on mouth-watering delights brought to them by Belcampo Meat Company, the new caterer for the POE. They will offer hot sandwiches, salads and vegetarian options which will be available for purchase. To compliment the dishes complex flavors they will also be serving world class wines and beers in two locations throughout the show. The city’s own How Ya Bean will be serving coffee and pastries to the guests in their state-of-the-art coffee cart.

Flower and plant lovers will fall in love with the myriad of new orchids that will be showcased during the exposition. Angraceum sesquipedale (pictured above), has become the official image of the 2016 show, this species traces back its history to naturalist Charles Darwin’s early field work. He proposed co-evolution between its extremely long spur and a pollinator moth (not discovered until years later) with a proboscis, or a head appendage, long enough to reach the nectar. BOTANICAWEB will be a new vendor from Argentina who specializes in native South American orchids, many of which have gained notoriety through their lively colors and intricate design.

The Pacific Orchid Exposition boasts over 150,000 beautiful orchids from around the world and features docent tours, orchid potting demonstrations, cultivation tips and a diverse array of orchids for sale.

The event showcases intricate exhibits from local, national and international orchid growers, as well as vibrant displays from Orchid Societies around California. Plus, throughout the weekend there is a silent auction featuring fabulous items to bid on like wine, art, trips, exclusive greenhouse tours and more.

For all other requests, sponsorships, groups tours and media, contact The Larose Group, LLC, Frances Larose at