• Vanda Orchids in Glass

    AboutOrchids Jan 28, 2020 | 05:25 am

    Vandas are orchid royalty, but they can be challenging to grow. They need sun, warmth, regular water, high humidity, and lots of space for their long, dangling roots. Since they don’t like being potted, they’re usually grown on mounts or in baskets, with their roots hanging freely. That makes them difficult for home growers, who […]

  • Missoula’s ‘Best Kept Secret’ Helps Conserve Endangered Orchids

    AboutOrchids Jan 24, 2020 | 23:56 pm

    Most people don’t think of orchids when they think of Montana, but Missoula’s Botanica, Ltd. is a great place for orchids. Brenda Oviatt and Bill Nerison have turned their hobby into a business which is devoted to growing endangered species. They specialize in the African Angraecoid family, which includes threatened varieties like Darwin’s Orchid, Angraecum […]

  • More from Oxford Botanic Garden

    AboutOrchids Jan 18, 2020 | 21:45 pm

    Oxford Botanic Garden has great orchids, and many other impressive plants, too. The photos in this post include a couple of orchids, more from the glasshouses, and sights from the surrounding grounds. The glasshouses feature fantastic collections of exotic tropical flowers, carnivorous plants, desert plants, and more. Outdoors, the gardens offer ample winter interest, with […]

  • Growing in Kew Gardens’ Temperate House

    AboutOrchids Jan 13, 2020 | 03:47 am

    London’s Kew Gardens is home to the Temperate House, the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse. It was closed for renovations for five years, and reopened in 2018. The skilled staff at Kew have regrown its lush greenery, and it’s full of remarkable plants. During my visit there in early December, I found a couple of Cymbidiums […]

  • Orchids Abound at RHS Garden Wisley

    AboutOrchids Jan 6, 2020 | 01:52 am

    RHS Garden Wisley doesn’t have Kew Gardens’ international reputation, or Oxford Botanic Garden’s ancient pedigree, but it does have plenty of amazing orchids. Wisley is located south of London in Surrey County. When Dave and I visited in early December, its large Glasshouse featured lots of elegant Lady Slippers, dazzling Stanhopeas, and other orchids in […]

  • Winter Orchid Exhibits

    AboutOrchids Jan 4, 2020 | 00:00 am

    These lengthy exhibits spotlight prized plants, and offer warm, tropical escapes from winter’s chill. All of the events listed below run through Valentine’s Day and beyond. January 4 – February 24 Find The Spirit of Orchids at Filoli Historic House & Garden in Woodside, California, south of San Francisco. The famous Filoli mansion hosts orchid […]

  • January Orchid Events

    AboutOrchids Dec 31, 2019 | 15:00 pm

    Welcome the 2020’s with orchids! All of January’s events are excellent opportunities to enjoy amazing flowers, take photos, talk to orchid experts, and buy plants. It’s a great recipe for a happy new year. January 4 Orchid Society of Great Britain Auction, Napier Hall, Hide Place, Westminster, London, UK January 4 Tischbewertung Hannover, Herrenhäuser Gärten, […]

  • Georgia O’Keeffe’s Orchids

    AboutOrchids Dec 26, 2019 | 20:45 pm

    Legendary American artist Georgia O’Keeffe painted extraordinary flowers, including orchids. The Winston-Salem Journal analyzes two of her portrayals of Cattleya hybrids. The first, Narcissa’s Last Orchid, 1940,  is depicted realistically. The second, An Orchid, 1941, is more abstract. Both paintings focus on the frilly flower lips. Orchid expert Arthur Chadwick ponders which varieties inspired these […]

  • More from Kew’s Princess of Wales Conservatory

    AboutOrchids Dec 21, 2019 | 18:13 pm

    Celebrate today’s solstice with more photos from my recent visit to Kew Gardens in London. These pictures are all from the Princess of Wales Conservatory, which is one of several large glasshouses at Kew. They include a few orchids, some brilliantly colorful bromeliads, and other tropical plants. The conservatory features separate tropical and temperate zones […]

  • Enjoy Orchids at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden

    AboutOrchids Dec 18, 2019 | 03:33 am

    The UK’s oldest botanical garden has plenty for orchid lovers to enjoy. Oxford Botanic Garden & Arboretum dates to 1621, making it older than London’s Chelsea Physic Garden (founded 1673) and Kew Gardens (founded 1759.) Oxford’s garden covers 4.5 acres (1.8 hectares,) and grows over 6000 different plant species. The garden includes seven adjacent glasshouses […]