Longwood Gardens Photo Shoot: Orchid Extravaganza, Part One

26 January 2012

Lens:

Entrance

Entrance to Exhibition Hall, Longwood Gardens, January 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

Orchid Columns

Orchid Columns 1, Phalaenopsis Hybrid, Longwood Gardens, January 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

Orchid Columns 2, Phalaenopsis Hybrids, Longwood Gardens, January 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

Orchid Column III

Orchid Column Close-Up 1, White Phalaenopsis, Longwood Gardens, January 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

Orchid Column IV

Orchid Column Close-Up 2, White Phalaenopsis, Longwood Gardens, January 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

Orchid Column Shadows

Orchid Column's Shadows, Longwood Gardens, January 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

Side Orchids

Orchids, Phalaenopsis Brother Sweet Sugar & Brother Passat, Longwood Gardens, January 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

Topiary 1

Topiary 1, Phalaenopsis Orchids, Longwood Gardens, January 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

Topiary 2

Topiary 2, Close-Up of Phalaenopsis Orchid, Longwood Gardens, January 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

Topiary 3

Topiary 3, Phalaenopsis Orchids, Longwood Gardens, January 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

Topiary 4

Topiary 4, Phalaenopsis Orchids, Longwood Gardens, January 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

Topiary 5

Topiary 5, Phalaenopsis Orchid Unfolding, Longwood Gardens, January 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

Note: As always I’d like to know which is your favorite or any comments related to this post.

Pens:

During brightly-lit morning hours I strolled through Longwood Gardens and the current exhibition, the Orchid Extravaganza. This annual event always stuns with ingenuity that is carved by the staff’s selections and unforgettable displays. If you’re not familiar with one of our country’s premier horticultural institutions, I’m delighted to introduce you.

Over one thousand acres is devoted to the legacy of Pierre S. du Pont. Regardless of the season there is always something to enjoy, inside and out. For example, in the Conservatory is a room devoted to their permanent collection of orchids that was established in 1948 with a gift from Mrs. William K. du Pont, who was the founder’s sister-in-law. Today the staff tends over 2,300 kinds of orchids. Each visit reminds me that these plants always seem new, as though I’ve never gazed upon their startling differences and generous beauty.

The four-acre Conservatory is the setting for the Orchid Extravaganza, which offers a thirteen-foot arch of three-hundred and fifty white Phalaenopsis orchids, orbs of violet orchids, topiary standards of Phalaenopsis, planters of Phalaenopsis hybrids, two columns each with five hundred Phalaenopsis orchids, and the permanent collection of orchids.

You can visit the orchid show through March 25. If you’re really a fan of these highly-evolved and showy flowers, visit the Gardens between March 23-25 and also see the International Orchid Show & Sale hosted with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Orchid Society.

A massive archway forecasts the delights ahead, and in the Exhibition hall two large columns of white orchids await closer inspection. From afar they glow like small jewels wanting to be appreciated. Up close their charm and profusion are evident.

Over two hundred and fifty photographs later I’ve posted twelve above in the Lens section, and in tomorrow’s post you can view the last six. Yep, I only kept eighteen from the photo shoot.

Even with the array of the gorgeously displayed I still wanted more. That’s what this lavish and tantalizing visual landscape did: created an appetite for future nourishment.  Adjectives can be pulled and culled to describe the orchid exhibition, but it’s really about the moment–the moment of standing in front of these flowers and realizing that sometimes more is actually more.

Note: For other photo shoots of Longwood Gardens, see the following posts–Longwood Gardens: Year-End Photo Shoot (28 December 2011) and Longwood Gardens Photo Shoot (14 October 2011).

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14 Responses to Longwood Gardens Photo Shoot: Orchid Extravaganza, Part One

  1. lorna e. smith says:

    Sally, thank you for sharing these incredibly photos. Thanks also for the information regarding the dates and venues for other Orchid society shows.

  2. Amy says:

    Stunningly beautiful photos! I love Longwood Garden. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • I’m so glad that you are able to visit Longwood Gardens, which is more than a regional treasure. With spring just a whisper away and the lack of a “real” winter, buds and shoots are already appearing. Thanks for you comments and for viewing my blog, Sally

  3. niki says:

    The purple ones are so beautiful! You have some incredible pictures. I think I’m gonna buy some orchids :))

  4. ancientfoods says:

    Fantastic photo’s

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  6. Anita Mac says:

    Topiary 2 and the entrance round out my top picks. The vibrancy of the colour in topiary 2 really jumps right off my computer screen! Thanks for sharing.

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