1000 Bolivian Orchids on Display at the III Annual Orchid Expo
by Municipal Government
(Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia)
Bolivia is known for its hundreds of varieties of orchids and 200 of them will be on display this weekend! The orchid, one of the most exuberant members of the floral realm, will be featured in a unique display during the III "Expo Orquídeas" Festival, March 26-27, 2011 at the Modern Art Museum of Santa Cruz, Bolivia located at the corner of Sucre and Potosi streets.
In 2010 the Municipal Government of Santa Cruz de la Sierra passed an ordinance making the conservation of the Oncidium Stacyi (ballerina orchid) a regional priority as it is a part of the city's cultural heritage. The Oncidium Stacyi has been declared the symbolic flower of Santa Cruz and the commemorative flower of the Santa Cruz Bicentennial and the festivities surrounding the 450th year of the foundation of the city.
At this year's event, 9 exhibitors will present approximately 200 varieties and nearly 1000 orchid plants which will be on display and for sale at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo.
The event is organized by the Municipal Government Botanical Garden which, this year, made the decision to transfer the event to the Museum of Modern Art to ensure this exhibition would be easily accessible to the public. Currently, the highway to Cotoca, which must be taken to reach the Santa Cruz Botanical Gardens, is under construction.
The exhibit will open from 9:00 to 1:00 and from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th of March.
The purpose of this festival is to ensure the public learns more about the astounding floral wealth of this region and to create awareness regarding the requirements and care needed to preserve this ornamental flower. The hope is that more people will become interested in planting and caring for orchids, many of which are endangered.
The Expo Orquídeas Festival originated as a showcase to educate the public on the beautiful orchid varieties that are native to the municipality of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, specifically the Oncidium Stacyi or the "ballerina orchid" which was rediscovered after 30 years and is currently an endangered species due to the rapid disappearance of its habitat.
This event is organized on these dates precisely as Bolivia leaves summer behind and welcomes autumn, when the greatest number of species and varieties of orchids begin to bloom, especially the Oncidium Stacyi.