Orchids: A Cultural Odyssey on view now at The U.S. Botanic Gardens
The U.S. Botanic Garden is centered in the midst of The Mall or what we call our grand avenue of Smithsonian Museums. Although the gardens is not officially part of the Smithsonian museum collection, it is center state on The Mall. I headed down here this past weekend to catch a peek at their Orchid festival named, A Cultural Odyssey. It was lovely.
There were orchids everywhere from hanging in little baskets to extending from pots on the ground. They were all lovely – and still lovely ’til the exhibit ends on April 11, 2010.
The constant daylight is great for shooting flowers here. And with an orchid festival like this there was tons to photograph!
I especialy enjoyed these Dendrobium below, also known as Merlin Orchids.
As with any show put on by this gardens, the flowers are lovely!
This cool bloom below looks like it was made with it’s own bug crawling out of it!
Now and then the clouds would hoover over head now and then providing fantastic lighting for close up! This tall, thin Orchid below is a Arphophyllum giganteum. It’s native from Mexico to Venezuala and in the West Indies. I didn’t catch the name of this lovely purple one below, but it was lovely in the light.
For most of my visit the light was streaming in the conservatory and just lovely!
Here is a perfect Orchid bloom just waiting with it’s wings. I’m thinking it the perfect Daily Flower!
The orange and white Dendrobium Farmeri below, is native to the Himalayas, Burma, Thailand and Malaysia. I can only imagine what they must look like there!
One of my favorites were the gathering of potted orchids near the entrance. Just a sea of color and contrasts!
I especially like the crazier looking orchids like the ones below. These are Onciduium Irene ‘Mamau’, a hybrid.
I also enjoyed the little baskets they had on display for the upper hanging orchids. I didn’t see an intentification tag for these but they sure are pretty!
I so love these Kaleidoscope orchids!
They also had orchids gathered around the main Conservatory waterway which provided a lovely back drop for many of the colorful blooms.
Overall, the show is fantastic. It’s only on until April 11th and if you love Orchids and live in the Washington area, this one is a no brainer. For more information visit the U.S Botanic Garden website.
If you happen to know the names of any of the orchids I left anonymous, feel free to comment and let me know what they are! I’ll credit you in the post! Well, I am off to have some won ton soup around the corner and a hot cup of tea afterward at The Corner Bakery. I hope everyone is having a great week!
Britt : )
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