Well, I have worked many orchid auctions and the best way to raise money is to sell plants in bud and bloom. Plants that do not have flowers should have a color photograph printed out and attached to the pot or plant so that people can see the blooms. You should allow people to arrive early to the auction so they can 'browse' the selection. Supply them with a list of the plant names and use numbers to identify them. (Just a sticker on the pot with the number and the typed inventory list that corresponds to the numbers). When selling the plants, tell people the 'general' conditions (high light, medium light, low light) tell the fragrance type if known, and keep it simple. The more information given - the more difficult the plant sounds to grow. Offer to help people learn more about their plants after purchase and recommend OrchidTalk () as a place to get helpful information on how to grow their new orchids.