• The Many Orchids of Singapore’s Cloud Forest Conservatory

    AboutOrchids Oct 17, 2019 | 04:29 am

    Singapore’s Cloud Forest Conservatory is a great place for orchids. It houses large displays of orchid species and hybrids, along with ferns, carnivorous plants, and other tropical greenery. The enormous glasshouse replicates a cloud forest, which is a high mountain forest bathed in constant mist and cool temperatures. Some of these varieties, like Masdevallias, Odonts, […]

  • Experience the Orchids of Asia in Sarasota, Florida

    AboutOrchids Oct 12, 2019 | 03:55 am

    Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida begins its exhibit “The Orchid Show 2019: Blossoms of Asia” tomorrow. The event runs from Saturday, October 12th to Sunday, December 1st, and features Asian orchids. It also includes information about orchids’ roles in Asian cultures, arts, and philosophies. Numerous lectures and classes will take place through the […]

  • The Singapore Botanic Gardens Are World Class

    AboutOrchids Oct 6, 2019 | 23:56 pm

    The Singapore Botanic Gardens (SBG) is one of the most popular gardens in the world. Founded in 1859, it’s played a pivotal role in Singapore’s orchid industry, but there’s more than orchids in its 203 acres (82 hectares.) This tropical paradise is home to the National Orchid Garden, and also a Ginger Garden, Children’s Garden, […]

  • October Orchid Events

    AboutOrchids Oct 1, 2019 | 21:00 pm

    From Honolulu to Helsinki, from Buenos Aires to Bologna, orchid lovers gather for shows, auctions, and conferences this month. The USA, New Zealand, and Australia have busy schedules. Check the list below to make sure you don’t miss any of these great events near you. October 2 – 13 Big Fresno Fair Orchid Show, Fresno […]

  • The National Orchid Garden of Singapore

    AboutOrchids Sep 27, 2019 | 23:52 pm

    Earlier this month, Dave traveled to Singapore for work, and had some time to play tourist, too. It was his first trip to Asia, his first time across the international dateline, and his first visit to the tiny, tropical island nation.  He returned with lots of photos, including many, many orchids. This first post shows […]

  • Orchids for the Autumn Equinox

    AboutOrchids Sep 23, 2019 | 15:57 pm

    The earth has seasons because it’s tilted. If the planet’s axis weren’t tipped over by 23.5°, we wouldn’t have long daylight hours over summer, or long hours of darkness over winter. If we were perfectly upright, we might have slight seasonal weather changes, but the climate probably wouldn’t vary much. Every day might be like […]

  • Vanilla Boom Is Making People Crazy Rich

    AboutOrchids Sep 19, 2019 | 18:06 pm

    Vanilla prices have been so high that some Madagascan farmers are getting rich. Madagascar is one of the poorest countries. It’s also the world’s leading vanilla grower, producing about 80% of all vanilla beans. With the influx of cash from this valuable orchid crop, farmers are buying nicer homes, better farming equipment, and solar panels. […]

  • More Native Colorado Orchids

    AboutOrchids Sep 14, 2019 | 21:26 pm

    It’s always a pleasure to see orchids growing happily in the wild. During a recent family hike in Colorado’s San Juan National Forest, we spotted a couple of native orchid varieties. The first three rows of photos show the charming Goodyera oblongifolia, or Western Rattlesnake Plaintain. It’s named for its reticulated leaves which resemble snakeskin. […]

  • Deceptive New Zealand Orchids Pretend That They’re Mushrooms

    AboutOrchids Sep 8, 2019 | 17:36 pm

    Radio New Zealand exposes a tale of botanical deceit. Corybas, also known as Spider Orchids, are strange little plants which inhabit the New Zealand forest floor. Humans can’t smell their mushroom-scented blooms, but fungus gnats can. They’re tricked into pollinating the flowers. To study how that works, orchid researcher Carlos Lehnebach converted his bathtub into an […]

  • September Orchid Events

    AboutOrchids Sep 1, 2019 | 12:15 pm

    September is busy with orchid events around the globe, especially in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Don’t miss these great opportunities to enjoy incredible flowers, take photos, talk to fellow orchid lovers, and buy plants. September 1 Hastings River Orchid Society Show, Wauchope RSL Club, Young St., Wauchope, NSW, Australia September 3 RHS Orchid […]