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Orchids in DC

Orchids in DC

Blazing Treat
Blazing Treat

Every time I've been to DC, I have wanted to check out the annual orchid exhibition, but I always ran out of time to go. So this time around, I made a point to make it to the exhibit, which boasts hundreds of different orchids! I would highly recommend making a stop in here!

Shellpearl Parnasse
Shellpearl Parnasse
Koushu Dream Sweet Sugar
Koushu Dream Sweet Sugar

The exhibit itself was much smaller than I had expected, but it's really a shock of colors and smells! Everywhere you looked was a uniquely shaped and colored orchid in full bloom!

Mighty Tracey Moon Walk
Mighty Tracey Moon Walk
Ken Siew
Ken Siew
Gold Digger Fuchs Mandarin
Gold Digger Fuchs Mandarin
Zuo Waiomao Fantasy
Zuo Waiomao Fantasy

The exhibit not only displays gorgeous orchids that anyone would want in their home but also the hybridization of orchids and the history of these plants, including how they used to be transported and how they became so coveted in society.

IMG_5052 Orchid - hybrid
IMG_5052 Orchid - hybrid
Miniature hybrid
Miniature hybrid
Pacific Fantasy Pink Coral x Purple Elf
Pacific Fantasy Pink Coral x Purple Elf
Big Alex
Big Alex
Cymbidium Nut
Cymbidium Nut

Make sure you check out the names of every flower - many of them have crazy names, but you will find that the name really matches the flower!

IMG_5083 Orchids
IMG_5083 Orchids
Tigersette Wyld Court
Tigersette Wyld Court
Sydney Smith Green Monkey
Sydney Smith Green Monkey
IMG_5103 Orchids
IMG_5103 Orchids

If you have questions, there are staff from the Smithsonian Gardens in the exhibit who are more than happy to provide you with answers!

Hot Pants
Hot Pants
Charles M. Fitch
Charles M. Fitch
Chiisana
Chiisana
Cracker Jack
Cracker Jack

This exhibit also describes how researchers study orchids, from preservation of these plants to 3D analyses of the morphology to analyzing the DNA.

IMG_5168 Orchids
IMG_5168 Orchids

Tips:

  1. The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is free, including all the temporary exhibits, so just walk on in!
  2. The exhibition ends this year on April 26, 2015, so go soon! And if you go next year, note that the exhibit alternates between the Museum of Natural History and the Botanic Gardens.
  3. Although this exhibit would be great for families and orchid lovers, it would actually be a really cute place to stop for a date!
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