Everything’s Coming Up Orchids At Smithsonian’s Spring Show

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Orchids on display at Washington, DC’s Hirshhorn Museum

Every spring, the Smithsonian Gardens and United States Botanic Garden mount a spectacular orchid show for the public. The collaborative exhibition alternates between the two venues and provides different ways by which to appreciate the exquisite flowers. This year’s show is particularly striking because it is housed in the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum whose modern architecture provides a whole new perspective on the exotic blooms. Continue reading

Exploring Lo de Perla, Mexico’s Exotic Orchid Garden

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As our car jostled up the steep rocky road into the forest, I’ll admit, I had some misgivings. I had happened on a Trip Advisor review about a fantastic orchid garden located somewhere in a jungle near San Pancho, Mexico; however, we couldn’t find the property’s website and our hotel staff seemed completely unaware of its existence. With some perseverance, though, we finally arrived at what appeared to be the location and in no time found ourselves headed up a mountainside in a white SUV with a guy named Romero. Continue reading

Dutch Robotics Cuts the Guess Work Out Of Growing Flowers

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A few days ago I heard an interesting broadcast on BBC about Green Circle Growers, based in Oberlin, Ohio. The huge state-of-the-art company decided five years ago to shift a large part of their business to orchids. To make the change, they looked to Dutch experts for advice, adopting the “Dutch Method” to their facilities. The decision has paid off: Green Circle Growers is currently the biggest orchid grower in North America. Continue reading