The Orchid Show opened this weekend at the Missouri Botanical Garden. I’ve been needing some spring, so hubby and I went on a little trip to visit it. It was stunning! I took over 100 photos, and had a hard time narrowing down the ones to share with you. The first specimens were given by Mrs. Henry T. Blow to Henry Shaw in 1876. Her collection was the result of plants collected in Brazil by her husband while he served as Minister to Brazil under President Grant. Missouri Botanical Garden’s orchid collection is one of the largest in the United States. The garden has approximately 6,500 orchid plants.
There is no way I can tell you the names of these orchids. I’m not an orchid expert, but it sure was a feast for tired winter eyes.
There were some that looked familiar to me, like the one below.
But there were more that I’d never seen before.
They start preparing for the Orchid Show several months in advance, and do a spectacular job, don’t you think?
My husband and I were like 2 little kids, saying ‘Oh, look at this one’, ‘Oh, but see this one’.
I took these photos with my phone, so they’re not the greatest. Sorry about that.
I’m still pretty speechless putting this post together. Let’s just feast in the beauty.
The Botanical Garden was selling a lot of orchids, but I don’t have a good environment for them in my home. Sadly, I decided it was best to pass them up.
Do you like orchids? I have one Moth Orchid, Phalaenopsis Blume, which gives me pretty flowers about every 8 months.
We also visited the Climatron when we finished touring the Orchid Show. It replicates a tropical rainforest. I took another 100+ photos there, so I’ll have to share those in another post on another day.
I hope you enjoyed this tour of an Orchid Show.