Members who were able to have beautiful blooms in spite of the drought were awarded. From left: Steven Schlegel (Best Miniature/Novelty Cymbidium-Kiwi Connection “Jack Thomas”), Jose Avila (Best Pendulous Cymbidium-Bob Norton “Green Fire”), Light Matsumoto (Grand Champion-Ernest Hetherington x Don Hosfeldt), and James Ly (Best Standard Cymbidium-Plum Passion “Etsuko”).
By RYOKO OHNISHI, Rafu Contributor
GARDENA — The Gardena Valley Cymbidium Club (GCC) held its 29th annual Cymbidium Orchid Show at Ken Nakaoka Memorial Community Center on Feb. 20-21 in Gardena.
The daughter of the late Frank and Keiko Kageyama, Sandra Comer, received Best Cultural Cymbidium Award for her Earnest Hetherington x Don Hosfeldt “Geyser Land.”
The GCC was formed in 1985 by a group of cymbidium enthusiasts, primarily Japanese Americans, to perpetuate the cultivation and presentation of cymbidium orchids.
Cymbidium is one of the orchids that can be grown in backyards in the Southern California weather. However, this year, California’s drought and ongoing restrictions on outdoor water use affected the blooms of the flowers.
“This was my only cymbidium that bloomed. The rest of my plants still have many green buds,” says James Ly, one of the awardees of the show.
“I sacrificed my lawn for my orchid because of the water shortage. It’s a trade-off between orchid and lawn,” he chuckles.
The co-founder of the group, Sam Kajikawa says, “My ‘Hiroshima’ cymbidium got a virus and did not make it this year, so I did not bring mine. However, I am glad to see so many members worked hard and make this show happen. Minna gambatta-ne (everybody did a good job).”
GCC will celebrate its 30th show next year. “We all hope that we will have more flowers next year,” says Gary Kennell, the president of the group.
Photos by RYOKO OHNISHI