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Posted on Tue, Apr 16, 2013 : 1:10 p.m.

Ann Arbor Orchid Festival to highlight one of nature's most amazing flowers

By Ann Dwyer

The incredible orchid. It's beautiful, fragile and a wonder of evolution. Anyone who has seen "Adaptation," knows they have changed to make pollination easier, whether it be by mimicking bees or shooting pollen at passing insects. Celebrate these amazing flowers at the Ann Arbor Orchid Festival at Matthaei Botanical Gardens this weekend.

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Neal Foster photo

The Ann Arbor Orchid Society will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. There will be tropical and hardy orchids, orchid-growing supplies and related items for sale. The society will also hold free educational talks and demonstrations on both days.

Sales will run Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The display area will be open noon-4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. There will be a "photographers’ hour" in the auditorium on Sunday from 9-10 a.m.

Sat. & Sun., April 20-21, 2013. Free admission. Matthei is located at 1800 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor. 734-647-7600. Contact AnnArborOrchids@aol.com for more information.