• December Orchid Events

    AboutOrchids Dec 1, 2019 | 21:00 pm

    This is always the slowest month of the year for orchid events, but you can still find activities on several continents listed below. Many orchid societies have holiday parties and auctions, so check with your local group for more. December 3 St. Augustine Orchid Society Christmas Auction, Memorial Lutheran Church, 3375 US 1 South, St. […]

  • More from Singapore’s National Orchid Garden

    AboutOrchids Nov 29, 2019 | 15:13 pm

    One post from Singapore’s National Orchid Garden certainly wasn’t enough, and here are more photos to prove it. With so many brilliant, tropical varieties growing outdoors in the sunshine, Dave took lots of amazing pictures. Colorful Vandas, Dendrobiums, Cattleyas, and Renantheras all competed for his attention. The blooms include many historic hybrids. Some have won […]

  • Orchids Thrive in Singapore’s HortPark

    AboutOrchids Nov 23, 2019 | 19:36 pm

    Orchids are all over the place in Singapore. The National Orchid Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Cloud Forest Conservatory, Flower Dome Conservatory, and Supertrees are packed with them. Dave even found orchids when he wasn’t expecting them, like at HortPark, one of Singapore’s lesser known green spaces. It’s two blocks from the office where he was […]

  • Orchids at the Center of Cloud Forest Conservation in Ecuador

    AboutOrchids Nov 18, 2019 | 01:00 am

    Tune in to In Defense of Plants for an orchid conservation success story. Lou Jost has worked to protect cloud forests in orchid-rich Ecuador for decades, and has helped to create seven nature reserves. The reserves are essential habitats for many endangered plants and animals, including fascinating pleurothallid orchids, like Masdevallias, Draculas, and Stelis. If […]

  • Singapore’s Supertrees Are Full of Orchids

    AboutOrchids Nov 13, 2019 | 05:30 am

    The island nation of Singapore has a grove of trees unlike any others in the world, the Supertrees. These tall, human-made structures are covered with air plants, or epiphytes, like orchids, bromeliads, and ferns. They’re superb examples of how to incorporate orchids into vertical gardens. Planting beds around the bases of the Supertrees also feature […]

  • Dragon Discovery: The Dracula Smaug Orchid

    AboutOrchids Nov 7, 2019 | 05:30 am

    RBG Kew reports on Dracula smaug, a newly discovered orchid. This orchid isn’t named after the vampire legend; “Dracula” means “little dragon” in Latin, and “Smaug” is the name of the fire-breathing dragon from JRR Tolkien’s classic, The Hobbit. The species was discovered in cloud forests of northwestern Ecuador, near the Colombian border. Even though […]

  • November Orchid Events

    AboutOrchids Nov 1, 2019 | 15:20 pm

    People love orchids all over the planet, evidenced by these long, monthly lists of events. Don’t miss these chances to enjoy lots of stunning blooms. November 1 – 2 Nambour Orchid Society Species Show, Uniting Church Hall, Coronation Ave., Nambour, Queensland, Australia November 1 – 2 Sapphire Coast Orchid Club Native Show, Twyford Hall, Market […]

  • It’s Always Springtime in Singapore’s Flower Dome

    AboutOrchids Oct 27, 2019 | 14:00 pm

    Dave’s work schedule only permitted him a couple days to play tourist in Singapore, but he really saw a lot. He was able to enjoy the stunning Singapore Botanic Gardens, including the National Orchid Garden. He also toured the Cloud Forest Conservatory. In addition to all that, he took lots of photos in the Flower […]

  • Edmond Albius: The Boy Who Revolutionized the Vanilla Industry

    AboutOrchids Oct 20, 2019 | 21:13 pm

    The modern vanilla industry owes its existence to a young enslaved African, Edmond Albius. Vanilla vines had been imported from Mexican jungles to the tiny French colony of Réunion, in the Indian Ocean near Madagascar. But without their Mexican bee pollinators, nobody could figure out how to produce vanilla beans. In 1841, Edmond Albius, then […]

  • The Many Orchids of Singapore’s Cloud Forest Conservatory

    AboutOrchids Oct 17, 2019 | 04:29 am

    Singapore’s Cloud Forest Conservatory is a great place for orchids. It houses large displays of orchid species and hybrids, along with ferns, carnivorous plants, and other tropical greenery. The enormous glasshouse replicates a cloud forest, which is a high mountain forest bathed in constant mist and cool temperatures. Some of these varieties, like Masdevallias, Odonts, […]