26 January 2012
Note: As always I’d like to know which is your favorite or any comments related to this post.
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).