Archive for April, 2016

May Orchid Shows

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

The universal appeal of orchids is obvious with so many shows around the world. Many are perfectly timed for Mother’s Day presents and celebrations. Take advantage of any shows nearby to immerse yourself in incredible flowers. May 1 Fenland Orchid Society Show, Terrington St. Clement Village Hall, Churchgate Way. Terrington St. Clement, Norfolk, UK May […]

Botanical Garden of the University of Zurich

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Dave’s work travels gave him another opportunity to find orchids in Switzerland. He really hit the jackpot a couple weeks ago at the Botanical Garden of the University of Zurich. The garden houses 9000 plant species over 13 acres (5.3 hectares,) with orchids featured in three tropical greenhouses. In addition, there are Mediterranean, alpine, native […]

Gaia Amazonas

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Gaia Amazonas is a remarkable Colombian conservation organization. Created to protect the biological and cultural diversity of the Amazon, Gaia Amazonas has helped return over 100,000 square miles (26 million square kilometers) of Colombian rainforest back to the control of its native peoples. That’s an area larger than the UK!  Alongside the traditional knowledge and […]

Tolumnia Orchids

Monday, April 18th, 2016

If you have a warm, sunny windowsill, and sometimes forget to water, Tolumnias may be perfect for you. These mini orchids have eye-catching colors and patterns. I bought this Tolumnia hybrid at last year’s Pacific Orchid Expo, and this year, it put on a great show with lots of brilliant blooms. Tolumnias are native to […]

Orchid Conservation Alliance Tours

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Would you like to have an orchid adventure in southern France? How about southwestern China? Check out these expertly guided trips from the Orchid Conservation Alliance. I’ve blogged before about their great work to preserve orchids. The trip to France is coming up first, from April 22 – May 1. Orchid lovers will enjoy wine, […]

National Bonsai and Penjing Museum

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Bonsai is the art of growing small trees in containers. Each potted tree is carefully shaped and pruned to evoke an idyllic natural scene. There’s no better place to marvel at them than the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum at the US National Arboretum in Washington DC. I was able to enjoy this spectacular little […]

Colorful Photos of Orchids for Spring

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

National Geographic offers 12 wonderful orchid photos for spring. These aren’t your everyday orchids. Instead, they’re unusual Mediterranean terrestrial species, like Helleborines, Tongue Orchids, and Elder-Flowered Orchids. Aren’t they just as stunning as their better-known, tropical relatives?

April Orchid Shows

Friday, April 1st, 2016

April is a very busy month for orchid shows around the planet. All are great opportunities to see wondrous flowers, take photos, talk to orchid experts, and buy plants for yourself. April 1 – 2 RHS London Orchid Show, RHS Lindley Hall & RHS Lawrence Hall, London, UK April 1 – 3 Southeastern Pennsylvania Orchid […]