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Passion for Perennials


Sorry, Romeo, but roses are old news. Few flowers muster passion and fire the senses like the orchid. With geometrical symmetry and myriad hues and tones within the blossom, these plants suggest entire universes unto themselves. And while it's foolish (but fun!) to think that all orchid lovers are as bizarre and engrossing as those found in Susan Orlean's The Orchid Thief, a group of amateur horticulturalists have kept the love for this particular bud alive. The Orchid Society of Greater St. Louis Show and Sale presents classic and new orchid breeds, and members of the 60-year-old society can help newbies get their collections started. The show takes place at the Ridgway Visitor Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard), and tickets are $5 to $13. For more information, call 314-577-5100 or visit
Sun., Feb. 5, 2012