Archive for February, 2009

New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show

Friday, February 27th, 2009

The New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show starts tomorrow for its 6-week run, February 28 – April 12. This year the theme is Brazilian Modern, and showcases contemporary Brazilian design and plenty of orchids from Brazil. The show will include other tropical plants native to Brazil, educational programs, and a show for kids called “Chocolate […]


Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Jewel orchids are a fascinating group of plants that are grown for their beautiful foliage. Usually, mention of their colorful leaves includes a statement that the flowers are uninteresting. I always find that an amusing statement, but maybe I’m biased as an orchid geek that all orchids are interesting. I do believe that this mini […]

Growing Orchids in Your Garden

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Okay, so you’ve been seriously bitten by the orchid bug, and you’ve acquired so many that you’ve run out of room to grow any more. A reasonable person would maintain their hobby at a manageable level. But with orchids, why be reasonable when you have the opportunity to expand your hobby outside? Growing Orchids in […]

The Gift Orchid

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Valentine’s Day means roses and chocolates for many people, but they’re not the only holiday gifts. If you received an orchid as a gift for Valentine’s Day, you may be wondering how to properly care for it. It will help to first identify it so that you can know its specific needs. It’s usually not […]

Darwin’s Orchid

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

In honor of Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday today (by the way, he was born the exact same day as Abraham Lincoln!) I have some remarkable pictures of “Darwin’s Orchid.” This stunning orchid has a long scientific name, Angraecum sesquipedale. Easier to pronounce is its nickname, Darwin’s Orchid, so named since it played an important role […]

Orchids on a Volcano

Monday, February 9th, 2009

In the town of Volcano on the road to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Akatsuka Orchid Garden has one of the aloha state’s largest orchid collections. We couldn’t resist a trip to their store and showroom, and found ourselves there with busloads of tourists who had just visited nearby Kilauea Volcano. Many of these spectacular hybrids […]

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, redux

Friday, February 6th, 2009

We have so many great pictures from Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden that I couldn’t fit them into just one post. So here are a few more orchids photos: And here are a few more non-orchid photos: And here are some great examples of how orchids grow in the wild. In the tropical rainforest, orchid roots […]

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

While we were visiting the Big Island of Hawaii, Dave and I took a trip to Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden. Located north of Hilo in a real tropical rainforest, the garden is a lush paradise of exotic plants from rainforests around the world, including lots of orchids. We spent half the day soaking in the […]