Archive for April, 2015

May Orchid Shows

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Orchid shows are one of the best places to learn about orchids. Most shows feature local experts, knowledgable vendors, and orchid society members who are eager to share their love of this amazing plant family. Many events are timed for Mother’s Day celebrations on May 10th. May 1 – 2 Maclean District Orchid Society Autumn […]

UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

After blogging about the spectacular orchids at the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley, it only seems fair to give the rest of the flowers a chance. There’s plenty more to the garden’s collections, with plants from around the world. Here are some of our best photos. The first six pictures highlight a few of the […]

Orchids in the Jungle

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Enjoy an amazing orchid photo tour of RHS Garden Wisley, south of London. Expert photography captures sights from the garden’s tropical glasshouse. It’s easy to spot the brilliant colors of the orchids popping out of the lush, steamy jungle display. RHS Garden Wisley is one of the most popular gardens in Britain, and covers 240 […]

Orchids for Dessert

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

I’ve blogged several times about the world’s most delicious orchid, vanilla. But did you know that there are other edible orchids? One of the most popular orchid foods is salep, or sahlep. In Turkey and the lands of the former Ottoman Empire, the roots of Mediterranean orchids are milled into flour, and added to ice […]

A Floating Orchid Forest

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Looking to relax? How about a calming visit to floating orchid forest? Tokyo’s Miraikan Museum has just what you need. As guests walk though the exhibit in the video below, computers gently raise and lower thousands of living orchids hanging from the ceiling. It’s reminiscent of the lush beauty of Avatar, and I’m sure it’s full […]

Orchids at the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

Monday, April 6th, 2015

It’s easy to spend a whole day enjoying the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley. Established in 1890, it has one of the largest and most diverse plant collections in the country, spread over 34 acres (13.8 hectares) of gardens and greenhouses. Among the botanical treasures, there are many unusual orchid species, which are rotated through […]

April Orchid Shows

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

As always, my listings are an incomplete summary of monthly orchid shows. If you don’t find a nearby event, check with your local orchid society or gardening center about more shows or auctions in your area. April 1 – 4 Exposicion Internacional de Orquideas, Claustro El Carmen, Universidad del Cauca, Calle 4 No. 3-56, Popayan, […]