Buenos Aires Japanese Gardens

Posted November 8th, 2018 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Botanical Gardens, General Gardening, Photos

Shureimon, Patio de los Recuerdos, red gate, Buenos Aires Japanese Gardens, Jardín Japonés de Buenos Aires, Palermo neighborhood, ArgentinaKoi, large goldfish swimming in Koi pond, Buenos Aires Japanese Gardens, Jardín Japonés de Buenos Aires, Palermo neighborhood, ArgentinaCherry blossoms, sakura, Buenos Aires Japanese Gardens, Jardín Japonés de Buenos Aires, Parque Tres de Febrero, Palermo neighborhood, Argentina

Buenos Aires is home to an extraordinary Japanese garden. El Jardín Japonés de Buenos Aires is one of the largest Japanese gardens outside Japan. It’s located within walking distance of Buenos Aires Botanical Garden. During our visit, the venue was busy with tourists, locals, and groups of school children. It is obviously a much-loved green space in the city.

Cormorant flapping wings while standing on rock in koi pond, bird, Buenos Aires Japanese Gardens, Jardín Japonés de Buenos Aires, Parque Tres de Febrero, Palermo neighborhood, ArgentinaRed Tori gate on island, koi lagoon, curved bridge, Buenos Aires Japanese Gardens, Jardín Japonés de Buenos Aires, Parque Tres de Febrero, Palermo neighborhood, ArgentinaRose flowers, Buenos Aires Japanese Gardens, Jardín Japonés de Buenos Aires, Parque Tres de Febrero, Palermo neighborhood, Argentina

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The gardens include many traditional elements, with Japanese gates and bridges, a large koi lagoon, sculpted trees, stone lanterns, and an elegant tea house. While we were there, we enjoyed lots of colorful spring blooms, including cherry blossoms. We didn’t see any orchids on the grounds, but we did find Moth Orchids for sale in the nursery, along with bonsai, succulents, and garden plants.

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The gardens also serve as a center of Japanese culture in Argentina, and feature events with martial arts, flower arranging, origami, manga, anime, and more. Find additional info at the Buenos Aires Japanese Gardens website (in Spanish.) And don’t miss this wonderful site if you’re in Buenos Aires.

November Orchid Shows

Posted November 1st, 2018 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Botanical Gardens, Events

Orchid shows are great chances to enjoy incredible flowers, connect with your local orchid society, talk to experts, and buy plants. Don’t miss these valuable opportunities.

November 1 – 4
Exposition et Vente d’Orchidées, Chateau de Vascoeuil, 8 rue Jules Michelet, Vascoeuil, France
November 2 – 3
Sapphire Coast Orchid Club Native Show, Twyford Hall, Market St., Merimbula, NSW, Australia
November 2 – 3
Nambour Orchid Society Species Show, Uniting Church Hall, Coronation Ave., Nambour, Queensland, Australia
November 2 – 4
Massachusetts Orchid Society Show & Sale, Sons of Italy, 117 Swanton Rd., Winchester, Massachusetts
November 2 – 4
British Orchid Show and Congress, Writhlington School, Knobsbury Ln., Radstock, UK
November 2 – 4
Expo-Vente Internationale d’Orchidées, Grande Halle de L’Union, Rue du Somport, L’Union, France
November 3
Hawke’s Bay Orchid Society Sarcochilus Show, Taradale Town Hall, 8 Meeanee Rd., Napier, New Zealand
November 3 – 4
Northwest Orchid Society Fall Show & Sale, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. NW, Seattle, Washington
November 3 – 4
Utah Orchid Society Show, Red Butte Gardens, 303 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, Utah
November 3 – 4
Kansas Orchid Society Fall Show & Sale, Botanica, The Wichita Gardens, 701 Amidon St., Wichita, Kansas

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Buenos Aires Botanical Garden

Posted October 28th, 2018 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Botanical Gardens, General Gardening, Photos

Glasshouse, invernáculo, Carlos Thays Botanical Garden, Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, ArgentinaAlbizia flowers, Silk Tree, Carlos Thays Botanical Garden, Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, ArgentinaIris pseudacorus, yellow flower, Carlos Thays Botanical Garden, Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Recently, Dave had a work trip to Buenos Aires, and I was able to come along. Of course, the Buenos Aires Botanical Garden was quickly put on our itinerary. The garden’s full name in Spanish is Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires.

Water lily pond, Carlos Thays Botanical Garden, Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, ArgentinaStrelitzia reginae, Bird of Paradise flower, Carlos Thays Botanical Garden, Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, ArgentinaBrunfelsia australis, Yesterday Today and Tomorrow, Paraguay Jasmine, Carlos Thays Botanical Garden, Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Caesalpinia gilliesii, barba de chivo, bird of paradise bush, desert bird of paradise, bird of paradise shrub, Erythrostemon gilliesii, Carlos Thays Botanical Garden, Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, ArgentinaIndicador Meteorológico, Meteorological column, Columna Meteorológica, Carlos Thays Botanical Garden, Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, ArgentinaEdificio Central, building with Argentine flag, Carlos Thays Botanical Garden, Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Founded in 1898, it covers 21 acres (7 hectares) in the bustling city’s Palermo neighborhood. There are sections in Roman and French styles, and areas for plants indigenous to Argentina, and each of the continents. Five greenhouses and lots of statues, sculptures, streams, and waterfalls mean there’s plenty to find around every pathway.

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Unfortunately, the glasshouses were closed on the day we visited. We didn’t see orchids inside the tropical plant house, but there were many other tropical wonders (photo tip: you can often take nice pictures of plants inside by putting your camera up to the glass.) If you’re lucky enough to be in beautiful Buenos Aires, don’t miss Buenos Aires Botanical Garden. Check back soon for more photos from Argentina, including a wonderful Japanese garden.

Join the American Orchid Society

Posted October 22nd, 2018 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Conservation, Misc

Orchid lovers have more reasons than ever to join the American Orchid Society (AOS.) Of course, there’s the great monthly Orchids magazine with gorgeous photos and superb care advice that comes with membership. But now, the AOS has also greatly expanded their online resources. All of their old magazines, going back to 1932, are now online and searchable. In addition to this wealth of information, there are monthly orchid care webinars run by experts to answer your questions. Plus, your membership means that you’ll be supporting the AOS’ many essential orchid conservation measures. Find all this and much more when you join the AOS.

Orchids Are in Peril

Posted October 16th, 2018 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Conservation, In the News

Check out a colorful infographic explaining how taking plants from the wild endangers orchid survival. Many rare species are openly sold online despite conservation laws. But with limited resources, almost no money is spent to stop it. That same topic is being addressed in light of a recent London conference on the illegal wildlife trade, which didn’t even have endangered plants on its agenda. With so many urgent conservation priorities, even the prettiest orchid can’t compete with a cute panda or koala. Researchers need to study the illegal trade to best understand how to combat it. Convincing people to take plants more seriously will have to be part of the process.

A Great, Big Spider Orchid

Posted October 13th, 2018 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Fragrant Orchids, Intermediate Growers, Photos

I don’t mind having a big spider in our home, as long as it’s a Spider Orchid. Also known as a Brassia, this Spider Orchid has very large flowers, over 14 inches (36 cm) tall! Its long petals certainly create a spidery impression.

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This plant was a great buy at a local grocery store a couple years ago for about $12. At first, its flowers were about 11 inches (28 cm) tall. Over successive blooms, they’ve grown slightly larger each time. It’s reliably flowered twice a year, and it stays in bloom for two months or more. It has a sweet, spicy scent.

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Brassias mimic spiders to attract pollinators. In the wild, spider-hunting wasps are taken in by the ruse, and attack the flowers. In the process of their assault, they pick up or drop off pollen. It’s certainly one of the strangest pollination strategies I’ve ever heard of. To learn more about these fascinating plants, check out my previous post about Brassias.

The Century-Long Scientific Journey of the Affordable Grocery Store Orchid

Posted October 6th, 2018 by Marc Cohen
Categories: In the News

Atlas Obscura delves into a century of scientific advances which brought tropical orchids to your local grocery store. At the start of the 1900’s, growers began to unravel the secrets of how to germinate orchid seed, such as the essential role of fungi. Biologists started to clone orchids in the 1950’s, which would transform the industry in coming years. By the 1970’s, Dutch and American researchers were discovering that Moth Orchids made the perfect houseplants. Decades of continuing progress in hybridizing and science have helped bring down prices, and made Moth Orchids the most popular potted plants in the USA.

October Orchid Shows

Posted October 1st, 2018 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Botanical Gardens, Events

From Mexico City to Kansas City to Nairobi to Emu Plains, Australia, orchids are loved around the globe. Check out these great events happening everywhere in their honor.

October 2
Plantation Orchid Society Auction, Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Rd., Plantation, Florida
October 3 – 14
Big Fresno Fair Orchid Show, Fresno Fairgrounds, Floriculture Building, 2011 S Chance Ave., Fresno, California
October 4
Maui Fair Orchidland, War Memorial Gymnasium, 700 Halia Nakoa St., Wailuku, Hawaii
October 4 – 7
Wolkberg Orchid Society Spring Show, Tzaneen Lifestyle Centre, Tzaneen, Limpopo, South Africa
October 4 – 11
Kenya Orchid Society Show, Sarit Expo Hall, Lower Kabete Rd., Nairobi, Kenya
October 5 – 6
Bay of Islands Orchid Society Spring Show, Turner Centre, 43 Cobham Rd., Kerikeri, New Zealand
October 5 – 7
East Everglades Orchid Society Show & Sale, RF Orchids, 28100 SW 182 Ave., Homestead, Florida
October 5 – 7
Southern Orchid Spectacular, Caringbah High School, 85 Willarong Rd., Caringbah, NSW, Australia
October 5 – 7
Bendigo Orchid Club Spring Show, Wes Vine Hall, Truscott Reserve, Murdock St., California Gully, Victoria, Australia
October 5 – 7
Exposition et Vente d’Orchidées, Abayye de Fontfroide, Rd 613, Narbonne, France

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An Orchid Gala Under Glass

Posted September 27th, 2018 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Conservation, Events, Growing Orchids in San Francisco

Head to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park for the Dracula Ball at the Conservatory of Flowers on Thursday, October 18th. This elegant dinner event with limited tickets will benefit the Conservatory and its collection of rare orchids, including Draculas. Guests will enjoy a program from Ron Gagliardo, chief horticulturist at the dazzling new Seattle Spheres. Buy tickets before they’re gone!

Orchids for the Equinox

Posted September 22nd, 2018 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Photos

Phragmipedium Hanne Popow, orchid hybrid flower, Lady Slipper, Phrag, Orchids in the Park 2013, San Francisco, CaliforniaEpicattleya Fascination, orchid hybrid flower, cattleya, Orchids in the Park 2013, San Francisco, CaliforniaSchomburgkia exaltata, AKA Myrmecophila exaltata, orchid species flower, Orchids in the Park 2016, San Francisco, California

Habenaria xanthochila, orchid species flower, yellow flower, Orchids in the Park 2013, San Francisco, CaliforniaVanda Charm, AKA Darwinara Charm, purple flower, orchid hybrid flower, Orchids in the Park 2016, San Francisco, CaliforniaPotinara Red Crab 'Kuau Miau' AM/AOS, cattleya orchid hybrid flower, Orchids in the Park 2013, San Francisco, California

Enjoy these amazing orchids for today’s equinox. Autumn is usually the warmest time of year for us on the Northern California coast. The fog pulls back, and we can finally bask in the sun that’s been baking everyone else. Last year, that meant record-breaking heatwaves in September. This year, so far, it’s been milder. We can enjoy the pleasant weather as we pass the point of equal day and equal night, and the planet spirals on.

Bulbophyllum flowers, AKA Cirrhopetalum, unusual flowers, Orchids in the Park 2013, San Francisco, CaliforniaDendrobium kingianum 'Beni Otome', orchid species flower, fragrant flower, Orchids in the Park 2013, San Francisco, CaliforniaPaphiopedilum orchid flower, Lady Slipper, Paph, Orchids in the Park 2016, San Francisco, California

Masdevallia orchid flower, orange and red flower, Orchids in the Park 2013, San Francisco, CaliforniaOncidium Fan Dancer, orchid hybrid flower, Orchids in the Park 2016, San Francisco, CaliforniaOncidium orchid flowers, Orchids in the Park 2013, San Francisco, California