2014 Ann Arbor Orchid Festival - photographer's hour

  • March 23, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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Photographer's Hour: Sunday 9 am to 10 am, March 23

This is an annual orchid festival that has had fantastic orchids and drawn throngs of photographers long before the Shutterbug meetup group was created. This is a free event and is open to the general public.

My experience has been pretty good shooting during their "photographer's hour." Tripods are allowed for this hour, and most photographers are courteous-- everyone will eventually get their turn.

That said, I have also enjoyed shooting after the hour has ended and most photographers have cleared out. While tripods are not allowed after the "photographer's hour" has ended, shooting with a dSLR and flash is permitted. 

Beyond this special festival, the general conservatory at Matthei is worth checking out. And the gardens and trails outside are always interesting to check out if you don't mind getting a little mud or dirt on your shoes (hopefully no more snow or ice in late March).

Parking is not free and is enforced seven days a week. For hourly and daily rate info. along with much more information about parking at Matthei, check out this website: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/mbg/plan/parking.asp

March 22 - 23, 2014: Ann Arbor Orchid Festival 

From the online Matthaei Calendar


Matthaei Botanical Gardens 

Ann Arbor Orchid Festival

Featuring orchid displays, orchids in bloom from orchid societies and commercial vendors, tropical and hardy orchids for sale, orchid growing supplies, and related items. Free informational talks and demonstrations on various aspects of orchid culture in Room 125. Sat.: 1, 2, and 3 pm; Sunday: noon, 1, and 2 pm. Visit aaosonline.org or email [masked] for detailed information on sales, photographers’ hours, and more. Presented by Ann Arbor Orchid Society. Free admission. Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens Category: Adult Education Date: 3/22/2014 to 3/23/2014Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm. More info: click here

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  • Julie S.

    It was crowded, but workable. Everyone was able to position themselves and move around.

    March 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good selection of very interesting orchids. A lot of photographers, but we all managed to stay out of each others way.

    1 · March 23, 2014

    • Frank K.

      It is always crowded for the space in that room and the way they arrange it, but I feared it would be much worse this year... 52 Shutterbugs RSVPed Yes and an email blast went out to the WCC Digitizers (I think around 1,000 people are on that email distribution list) last night. But it was OK... everyone got their turn, and maybe only 30% of the folks there were using tripods anyway. Good times!

      March 23, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Next time, I'm playing it safe and bringing my monopod instead.

      March 23, 2014

  • Louis M.

    Yes, the orchids were beautiful.

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Frank K.

    Well, that was fun. It didn't seem any more crowded than it normally is. Thanks for coming, folks!

    March 23, 2014

  • Patrick H.

    Sorry have to help out my sister and watch my nephew (3) who I do not think would be much help as a photographer's assistant. Have a great time, hope to see everyone soon.

    March 23, 2014

  • Frank K.

    I checked it out today, well, part of it. Be careful not to shoot outside or leave your camera in the cold too long before coming inside to shoot-- you don't want to experience lens fog. Inside, tripods will be permitted for the hour, and regular hand-held flash photography will be allowed, without a tripod, after the hour is over. You can also do handheld shooting in the orchid sales area as well as the Conservatory. The only charge is for parking unless you decide to buy an orchid. Looking forward to seeing everyone there... enjoy!

    2 · March 22, 2014

  • Pravin S.

    I have to work that Sunday, so changing RSVP to 'No'.

    March 1, 2014


    Can I bring a +1?

    January 31, 2014

    • Frank K.

      Sure. Since it is a public event, open to everyone, I didn't think to add +1s, but I'll open that part up. Come one, come all :)

      1 · February 2, 2014

  • Daniel

    I'm at times amazed that these events and venues do not offer some type of bus service for a nominal fee - like from a shopping center. But I guess I'm living in a fantasy world :-) There got to be a lot of jockeying around for parking during big events like this. Of course the last time I was at Matthaei, they did not have any parking fees.

    January 30, 2014

    • Gary L.

      Last time I was there you had to pay for parking, but it didn't seem like there were huge amounts of parking. I'm not sure how they'll handle a festival.

      Maybe there was way more, were were there on a week day in winter I think, so it wasn't busy at all...

      1 · January 30, 2014

    • Frank K.

      This isn't as large a show and sale as I've seen a few years back in the N. Suburbs (my Mom was a big orchid enthusiast), but I think it fills their room nicely. We sometimes carpool to meetups-- some of us can meet at the Starbuck's at Arborland. I will need a ride to/from, and I can pitch-in a couple of bucks for parking and a coffee/cappuccino/latte/­tea/hot chocolate to whomever drives me. We could head out at 8:15AM from Starbuck's. Just an idea...

      January 30, 2014

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