I WANT TO GO SO BADLY. I started doing some research on local orchid shows, and what do you know... the closest one is 200 miles away in St. Paul. I'm up for the drive though; I'm all about road trips. :) My schedule may be a different story, though. I would need to leave sometime on Friday, as the drive takes roughly 3-4 hours, and the show opens Saturday the 29th at 10:00am. I'd also need to leave before noon, as it starts getting dark around 4, sometimes earlier, and I don't want to be driving in the dark. Problem is, I have college on Friday... but perhaps it's worth it. Yes, it is worth it. I can miss a lecture. But the weather totally determines plans; I won't be driving the highways all the way there in the middle of a snowstorm.
On a totally unrelated note, anyone out there majored or minored in horticulture? If so, what was it like? I'm considering it, among other things, after I get my AA.
But I digress. I wouldn't have to spend any money on anything but orchids and gas since my uncle conveniently lives roughly 10 minutes away from the Como Zoo and its conservatory, where the event is being held. He's a generous -but intolerant- man who I expect will welcome me with open arms. :)
Hopefully things will pan out. I've never been to one of these events and would love to buy a couple more orchids, perhaps Cattleya or Oncidium. I'd like to graduate from Phalaenopsis to something slightly more difficult.
Here are two links; one for the official Orchid Society of Minnesota and another for their Facebook page, which has many great photos from last year's carnival.