Orchid Feerie

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This is our first meeting with Longwood Gardens – one of the major United States Botanic Gardens (Pennsylvania). A large greenhouse is located on the territory of these gardens. The area of the greenhouse includes as much 1.6 hectares and the annual exhibition of orchids is held here (from January 20 to March 25, 2012)

New this year: the greenhouse windows have an arched shape and they have inspired gardeners to create 10 meter arches of the 350 white Phalaenopsis. When you are under this glorious live arch, your eyes will immediately be directed to the areas of purple orchids hanging from the showroom ceiling.

23-25 March 2012 there will be an international trade fair of orchids «International Orchid Show & Sale». At the exhibition the best breeders of the world from Hawaii to South America will present their orchids. In addition to the fair there will be tours, training seminars, as well as the jury at the show will be the American Orchid Society (American Orchid Society).

There will be orchids of all colors, shapes and sizes. Flowers will be displayed in 20 rooms and turn the greenhouse into a corner of spring in winter.

During the exhibition of orchids there will be given a few days also for children (16, 25 February and 3 March), these days are called “Days of Orchid» (OrKID Days). These days there will be concerts in the pavilion, there will be handicrafts tables organized for children, perhaps, as in the past year, there will be brought exotic animals – imagine how many interesting experiences for children there will be! You can also visit the permanent indoor kindergarten.

The cost of entry in the “Days of Orchid”: 18 U.S. dollars for adults, U.S. $ 15 for seniors, U.S. $ 8 for children aged 5-18 years, children under 4 years – free entry.

Other Longwood Gardens Flowers of 2012 Season

Represented Indoor Flowers

  • Acacia
  • Amaryllis
  • Begonias
  • Weeping Bottlebrush (Callistemon viminalis)
  • Bugloss (Echium)
  • Buttercup (Ranunculus)
  • Butterfly-bush (Buddleja)
  • Christmas-pride (Ruellia macrantha)
  • Cliva
  • Longwood Hybrid Cinerarias (Pericallis)
  • Coleus
  • Delphiniums
  • Eupatorium
  • Forget-me-nots (Myosotis sylvatica)
  • Freesia
  • Geraniums (Pelargonium)
  • Gladiolus
  • Hyacinths (Hyacinthus orientalis)
  • Cape Cowslip (Lachenalia)
  • Lilies
  • Marguerite (Argyranthemum frutescens)
  • Narcissus
  • Orchids
  • Pansies (Viola)
  • Primroses (Primula)
  • Queen’s tears (Billbergia nutans)
  • Roses
  • Snapdragons (Antirrhinum)
  • Stocks (Matthiola)
  • Broom (Cytisus x spachianus)
  • Tulips
  • Velvet Groundsel (Roldana petasitis)
  • Winter Red-hot-poker (Veltheimia bracteata)

Presented Outdoor Flowers

  • Conifers
  • Glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa)
  • Hollies (Ilex)
  • Siberian Squills (Scilla siberica)
  • Tomasini’s Crocus (Crocus tommasinianus)
  • Topiaries
  • Winter Aconites (Eranthis hyemalis)
  • Witch-hazels (Hamamelis)

Please note that actual blossom times may vary depending on weather. The list of flowering items is subject to change.

 

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