The new orchid exhibit, The Future of Orchids: Conservation and Collaboration, is fascinating and a wonderful antidote to the winter gloom. With 350 orchid plants in the exhibit, the scale and variety is amazing.
This exhibit is a collaboration of the U.S. Botanic Gardens, the Smithsonian Gardens, and artist Phaan Howng. Howng’s large-scale botanic sculptures sit in and among the orchids.
The show is in the Kogod Courtyard of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, which offers a soaring space and the wonderful glass ceiling for the exhibit.
The orchids are so fantastic that we can’t resist showing more of them:
The show is free and open through April 28th. In addition to the beauty, there is so much to learn at the exhibit. Read the Smithsonian article about the work scanning the orchids to document what they are like at this point in time. And as the Botanic Garden writes “The exhibition will explore the numerous challenges facing wild orchids today, including climate change, habitat destruction and over-collecting, and offer a glimpse into the work being performed today by a diverse group of scientists and conservationists to protect the future of orchids.”