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A Visit to the Orchid Collection at the U.S. Botanic Garden

June 25, 2012

Though Washington, D.C. is known mostly for its cherry blossoms, the district fell under the spell of orchids this past spring. That’s when the U.S. Botanic Garden, at the foot of Capitol Hill, presented its annual display, Orchid Mystique: Nature’s Triumph.

The orchid has become a permanent fixture in Washington, D.C.In association with the Smithsonian Gardens, the U.S. Botanic Garden offered this eye-opening exhibit free to the public. This year’s event commemorated the 100th anniversary of Japan’s gift to the U.S. of 3,000 cherry blossom trees; accordingly, Orchid Mystique took on an Asian flavor, with flower-decked archways, bridges and streams.

Orchids All Year Round

Orchid Mystique is just part of the Botanic Garden’s permanent orchid collections, which also includes an exhibit illustrating national efforts to conserve native orchid species, and even an orchid-judging competition. One hint: some of the most striking flowers are housed in the back of the conservatory, so allow ample time to wander with your camera.

The Smithsonian Gardens houses thousands of specimens, including the most vivid examples Phalaenopsis and their hybrids, which the Gardens maintains in special baskets designed to let the plant grow in the most naturalistic way possible.

How to Get Your Own

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