Blooms on Display: An array of orchids brightened the weekend in Nashua

Telegraph photo by MATHEW PLAMONDON Genevieve Nuon, 6, seems quite impressed by what she saw at her first New Hampshire Orchid Society show and sale, which took place over the weekend at the Courtyard Marriott.
Telegraph photo by MATHEW PLAMONDON Sisters-in-law Sallie and Karen Macintosh browse through the selection of orchids on display at the New Hampshire Orchid Society's 28th Annual International Show and Sale, which took place over the weekend at Nashua's Courtyard by Marriott.
Telegraph photo by MATHEW PLAMONDON Jason Green shares his appreciation of orchids with his daughter Genevieve, 5, during their visit to the New Hampshire Orchid Society's 28th annual show and sale in Nashua.
Telegraph photo by MATHEW PLAMONDON Nancy Richards and Barbara Milkovits enjoy the orchid displays in the Courtyard Marriott's Event Center during the New Hampshire Orchid Society's weekend-long show and sale. The event was the socieety's 28th annual.
Telegraph photo by MATHEW PLAMONDON A youthful orchid enthusiast grabs some photos at one of the displays set up for the weekend's New Hampshire Orchid Society's 28th annual show and sale.

NASHUA – The numerous varieties of orchids descended from the more than 25,000 species worldwide were on full display in living color over the weekend at the New Hampshire Orchid Society’s 28th annual show and sale.

The three-day event, held at the Courtyard Marriott, is a perennial favorite of orchid fans from beginners to experts, who gather to escape winter’s doldrums while meandering through the hundreds of orchids in full bloom.

Among the visitors was Hoeun Nuon, an orchid enthusiast from Newburyport, Mass., who brought along his family this year.

It was a first-time experience for 6-year-old Genevieve Nuon, who said her father tends a 45-gallon tank full of plants at their home.

The show presented the opportunity for Nuon to introduce Genevieve to his hobby, he said, noting that she already helps him tend to the miniature orchids that eventually become part of a nearby ecosystem.

As she helped her father pick out an assortment of miniature orchids, Genevieve said she’s used to seeing her father’s new acquisitions “all over the house,” but noted they are soon arranged in the tank.

The Nuons were among the many show attendees who ventured to Nashua from out-of-state. Sallie MacIntosh, for instance, came down from Kittery Point, Maine, and met up with her sister-in-law Karen MacIntosh, who hails from Hampton.

“I think it’s wonderful, I love orchids, and it’s always fun to see such a variety,” Sallie MacIntosh said.

The women agreed that the long lasting ability of the flowers coupled with their beauty bring a lot of joy, especially during a long, cold winter.

“We’re not experts, but we’re enthusiasts, and we love them,” Karen MacIntosh said.