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“Orchid Daze” Now at Atlanta Botanical Garden

Submitted by on February 24, 2020 – 8:33 amNo Comment

Cyrtochilum macranthumWarm your winter and bring on spring with the beauty and fragrance of Orchid Daze at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia. Open now through April 12, 2020.

This year’s exhibition draws its inspiration from the works of Luis Barragán, a Mexican artist. Educated as an engineer, he became one of the most influential modernist architects of the 20th century.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is home to one of the largest orchid collections at any public garden in the world.

All year, countless orchids are displayed in two specific climate zones inside the Fuqua Orchid Center: the Tropical High Elevation House and the Orchid Display House. Some are brought from on-site greenhouses for display while in bloom. Others are permanently installed to illustrate a more naturalistic growth on trees and structures.

Atlanta Botanical Garden, GeorgiaThe orchid family is the largest and most diverse in the plant world, and its more than 25,000 species account for about 8 percent of all flowering plant species. The Fuqua Orchid Center’s collection showcases this tremendous diversity, with more than 200 genera and 2,000 species as well as a variety of other tropical plants such as bromeliads, carnivorous Nepenthes and Heliamphora, and even blueberries.

The Center’s two display houses, which opened in 2002, contain a dazzling array of orchid species of all colors, sizes, scents and shapes. Featured collections include orchids of Madagascar, tropical Asian slipper orchids, Euglossine bee-pollinated orchids, high elevation genera and moth orchids.

In addition to the display houses, the Fuqua Orchid Center also contains a conservation greenhouse and laboratories where horticulturists and scientists work. Although these spaces are not open to the public, windows offer a peek at the conservation science being done here.

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(Photos and video courtesy of Atlanta Botanical Garden)

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