If you’re looking for something unique to do with your mother on Mother’s Day Weekend, High Point University might have just the thing.

 The school is inviting all members of the community to come out and enjoy orchids and learn a whole lot about them.

High Point University is billing this as a way for people “to treat themselves or their mothers to the colorful blooms and fragrances of an exceptional floral display” as. part of the Triad Orchid Society’s annual orchid show on Mother’s Day weekend.

 The event, which is being held at High Point University’s Caine Conservatory, is completely free and open to everyone.

At the Orchid celebration, members of the Triad Orchid Society will share their love and passion for orchids and educate others on “The Splendor of Orchids.” It will be at the breathtaking Caine Conservatory – which is a 15,000-square-foot facility named after longtime HPU supporters Don and Teresa Caine. The classes will be held at the Butterfly Café, which will be open on Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. as well as on Saturday and Sunday. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Also, that weekend, regional orchid societies will show off blooming orchids.

According to the promotional information regarding the event, “Orchids are one of the largest families of flowering plants with more than 25,000 species found worldwide. Many plants in unusual genera and recent hybrids that are not normally found for sale locally can be viewed during the event, which will be an accredited and judged show by the American Orchid Society. Trained and certified volunteer judges from across the East Coast will travel to HPU to judge this show. These judges have completed years of training and make a long-term commitment to serve.”

In addition, vendors will sell plants and handmade pottery and there will be lessons on proper repotting taught by orchid society members as well as by others in the Caine Conservatory.

Here are some key events:

  • Saturday at 11 a.m. Will Bottoms will teach, “Orchid Basics for Beginners.”
  • Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m., Martha George will demonstrate “Repotting Orchids Basics.”
  • Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m., Chad Greene will demonstrate “How to Mount Orchids.”

If you’d like complimentary parking, enter the campus at the University Parkway entrance and you’ll be directed to parking in Lot D, which is next to the Conservatory.