Orchids in DC
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!
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!
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.
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!
If you have questions, there are staff from the Smithsonian Gardens in the exhibit who are more than happy to provide you with answers!
This exhibit also describes how researchers study orchids, from preservation of these plants to 3D analyses of the morphology to analyzing the DNA.
- The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is free, including all the temporary exhibits, so just walk on in!
- 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.
- Although this exhibit would be great for families and orchid lovers, it would actually be a really cute place to stop for a date!