Archive for the 'Videos' Category

The Secret Life of Orchids – Fungi

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Take a peek at the secret life of orchids in the short video below. Smithsonian Ecologist Melissa McCormick explains how much wild orchids need fungi to survive. Many types of plants exchange nutrients with fungi, but orchids cheat this symbiotic relationship by eating their fungi instead. Fortunately, a little fertilizer will suffice with your orchids […]

Longwood Gardens Brings Winter Warmth

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Escape from winter with this video from Longwood Gardens Orchid Extravaganza. Located in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Longwood Gardens is one of the nation’s premier botanical gardens. Visitors can luxuriate in tropical warmth with orchids and other exotic plants in Longwood’s 4 acre (1.6 hectare) conservatory. This video highlights the exhibit’s elaborate displays of Phals, Cattleyas, […]

Ghost Orchid Time-Lapse

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Enjoy these two short, time-lapse videos featuring the blooms of rare Ghost Orchids. It’s easy to see why these flowers inspire so much fascination and intrigue.  In the first video, a small flower spike emerges from the roots of this bizarre, leafless orchid species. The growing spike unfurls a perfect Ghost Orchid flower, revealed in […]

A Kaleidoscope of Orchids in Singapore

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Singapore is in full bloom for the Singapore Garden Festival, and, of course, orchids are a big part of the show. The event opens today and runs until August 24th. The 33 foot (10 m) tall wall of orchids in this video is only one of the amazing displays. In the second video, an enormous […]

North American Orchid Conservation Center

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

The North American Orchid Conservation Center (NAOCC) works to save endangered orchids in the USA and Canada. About 250 orchid species are native to North America, and many are threatened by habitat destruction, climate change, and illegal poaching. The NAOCC was created by the Smithsonian Institution and the US Botanic Garden to conserve these native treasures. […]

Martha Stewart Recommends the New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Martha Stewart extolls the wonders of the New York Botanical Garden’s (NYBG) Orchid Show. Her discussion with an NYBG curator reflects her fascination with getting all the orchids blooming at the right time. This beautiful exhibit has a Key West theme, and runs until April 21st. Enjoy the video preview below:

The Orchid Mantis: A Deadly Orchid Mimic

Monday, December 16th, 2013

What looks like a delicate flower, but is actually an aggressive predator? The Orchid Mantis is one of nature’s most surprising creatures. Native to Malaysian and Indonesian rainforests, these insects really resemble flowers. With a cheery pink color, and legs that look like petals, their orchid disguises are so effective that their flying insect prey […]

Australians Battle to Save Rare Orchid

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

The endangered Caladenia Spider Orchid is on the edge of extinction. With only two plants known, it’s Australia’s rarest orchid. Fortunately, botanists and volunteers are fighting to rescue it. For security, scientists have kept the plants’ exact location near Melbourne a secret. They’re not even saying which of the hundreds of species of Caladenias this […]

Chelsea Flower Show Turns 100

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

The Chelsea Flower Show has celebrated its 100th birthday. London’s biggest gardening event welcomed its next century with typical pomp and floral beauty, and an added element: gnomes. As always, orchids were a big part of the show. Word spread early that one of Britain’s rarest orchids had its own team of bodyguards. The extraordinary […]

Orchid Show Blooms at the New York Botanical Garden

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Starting today, March 2nd, and running until April 22nd, the New York Botanical Garden offers the best of the vast, exotic orchid family. With more than 3000 orchids on display, visitors can enjoy a slice of tropical rainforest in the Bronx. Curator Marc Hachadourian explains how the lush spectacle will change over the weeks: “As […]