Longwood Gardens: Annual Orchid Extravaganza 2013

14 February 2013

Lens:

1.Reflections, Cymbidium Orchids, Longwood Gardens, iPhone 4s, February 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

1. Reflections, Cymbidium Orchids, Sunken Exhibition Hall Floor, Longwood Gardens, iPhone 4s, February 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

2. Reflections from Sunken Floor in Conservatory, iPhone 4s, Longwood Gardens; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

2. Reflections, Sunken Exhibition Hall Floor, Conservatory, Longwood Gardens, iPhone 4s, February 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

3.Three-Hundred Orchids in a Triple-tiered Chandelier above Sunken Exhibition Hall Floor, Nikon DSLR, Longwood Gardens; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

3. Triple-tiered Chandelier above Sunken Exhibition Hall Floor, Nikon DSLR, Longwood Gardens; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

4. Thirteen-Foot-Tall Orchid Arch, Entrance to Exhibition Hall, Longwood Gardens, Nikon DSLR, February 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

4. Part of a Thirteen-Foot-Tall Orchid Arch, Entrance to Exhibition Hall, Longwood Gardens, Nikon DSLR, February 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

5. Part of a Thirteen-Foot-Tall Orchid Arch, Entrance to Exhibition Hall, Longwood Gardens, Nikon DSLR, February 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

5. Part of a Thirteen-Foot-Tall Orchid Arch, Entrance to Exhibition Hall, Longwood Gardens, Nikon DSLR, February 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

6. Buds of Cymbidium Orchids (Mixed Cultivars), Orchid House, Nikon DSLR, Longwood Gardens, February 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

6. Buds of Cymbidium Orchids (Mixed Cultivars), Orchid House, Nikon DSLR, Longwood Gardens, February 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

7. Fredclarkeare After Dark ‘SVO Black Pearl’ Orchid, Orchid House, Nikon DSLR, Longwood Gardens, February 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

7. Fredclarkeare After Dark ‘SVO Black Pearl’ Orchid, Orchid House, Nikon DSLR, Longwood Gardens, February 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

8. Cymbidium Green Orchid, Nikon DSLR, Longwood Gardens, February 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

8. Cymbidium Green Orchid, Nikon DSLR, Longwood Gardens, February 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013  

Let me know which you prefer and why.

Pens:

Orchids, orchids, orchids are perfection for today’s post: Valentine’s Day. These miraculous feats by Mother Nature come in a myriad of attributes including hues, colors and shapes. Each one has secrets to share, and reveal them through floral designs that sweep through our synapses. They stun, stir, spike the senses, and spook our notion of what can be real and true. They are marvels of botany.

Because they comfort and tease the eye, each specimen can be so visually outstanding that it takes time to absorb what we are seeing. I watched as others made sounds of joy and surprise as they witnessed one after another of orchid displays at Longwood Gardens’ Annual Orchid Extravaganza.

Every year I make a photo field trip to visually graze upon these natural wonders. Longwood Gardens is one of the exceptional horticultural centers that struts these beauties year-round and during this late winter special event.

This exhibition uses a thirteen-foot tall orchid arch, a triple-tiered chandelier, six large suspended orbs, and planters that scatter beauty throughout the entire Conservatory. Every space has its touchstone–an orchid or groupings that are irresistible. These cultivated florals are points of arrival for visual comfort and ease. They brought a meditative sense to a cloudy day, which hung outside. The weather had no bearing on ornamental displays overflowing with sparkling gestures, saying come enjoy my splendor.

Longwood Gardens was founded by Pierre S. du Pont and his wife, Alice, who together created an extensive orchid collection that became one of the first displays at Longwood Gardens. To read more about the horticultural center’s history, click here.

Longwood Gardens' Logo, Google Images

Longwood Gardens’ Logo, Google Images

If you are anywhere near the Gardens, which is in Pennsylvania (on U.S. Route 1, about 3 miles northeast of Kennett Square), I urge you to visit this annual extravaganza, which runs through March 24. While the event displays 5,000 orchids, their permanent orchid collection has approximately 2,300 hybrids and species.

A few days after the event’s closing (between March 27 and March 30)  selections from the exhibitions will be on sale for the public. So make a Spring outing, see the extravaganza and its four-acre Conservatory, visit the Brandywine Valley, and return to buy a lasting souvenir.

Note: As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. See my other posts about Longwood Gardens’ 2012 orchid extravaganza–click here and here.

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32 Responses to Longwood Gardens: Annual Orchid Extravaganza 2013

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  3. Beautiful photos! Amazing!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. marialla says:

    GREAT STUFF!!! ORCHIDS ARE SO VERY BEAUTIFUL. MY FRIEND HAS ONE WHICH JUST RECENTLY BLOOMED AND OH WHAT A BEAUTY.!!! THANK YOU FOR THE GORGEOUS SHOTS AND KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!

  5. Beautiful reflections. The water captured the beauty and soul for the flowers.

  6. Picture 1 worked its mystery on me: I couldn’t tell what I was seeing.

    And a technical question: have you considered cropping in on the right to remove that light-colored rectangle at the edge? That bright area pulls my eyes toward it and away from all the other details of the image.

  7. munchow says:

    That must have been quite a display to experience. So full of colours and beautiful forms. Which you have captured magnificently in these photos. My favourite is really number six, it’s almost like a dance.

  8. Nancy Gray says:

    The best to me is the hanging flower chandelier over the water. I must get in my car and visit.

  9. Gallivanta says:

    So hard to choose. I like number 2 for the reflections and also because I think it expresses how I would feel overwhelmed at first. Then I like number 3 because that would be me getting my senses more adjusted and then finally I like number 6 for the colour and detail. Also that represents how I would be investigating each individual plant after I had recovered from the overwhelming wow experience at the entrance to the display. Beautiful.

  10. Ancientfoods says:

    I love them all!! Number 6 &8 are my favorites! I agree with the first comment, thanks for sending flowers our way!

  11. scillagrace says:

    Thank you for sending me flowers today!!

  12. Such rich colours – beautiful post.

  13. rtd14 says:

    I like the second because the artistry reminds me of another time. In a Victorian exhibition, you would see those colors.

  14. they are too beautiful to pick : 1,2 & 6 are #1’s.

  15. Gracie says:

    These are lovely, Sally. I personally like the third photo, the place just looks so grand.

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