Orchids: balm of our every Philadelphia winter

Orchids at Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, 2009-2020; and at the Philadelphia Flower Show, 2009-2015

 

Longwood Gardens:  pleasure gardens, conservatory and research establishment, legacy of Pierre S. du Pont, 1870-1954. 

 

 Longwood has a collection of approximately 2200 mostly epiphytic orchids out of an estimated 30,000 species and more than 150,000 patented hybrids in the world. 

 

 

Longwood’s orchids are rotated in its orchid house when they are in bloom.  In February and March, there are orchid displays throughout its conservatory.  These are not native to the US.

 

 

The Philadelphia Flower Show takes place in March every year and is a fundraiser for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.  Orchids are often among its juried flowers.

 

 

 

 

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Freycinetia cumingiana, Screw-Pine family, the Philippines

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(Photo from the site of Longwood Gardens)

 

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In a Wardian case, Restrepia native to South American cloud forests.

 

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Restrepia, NW South America

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Fredclarkara, After Dark, ‘SVO Black Pearl’: a deep purple flower.

 

 

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In a Ward case, rare orchids in Longwood’s collection

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Orchids: balm of our every Philadelphia winter

    1. Longwood also hybridizes orchids, among other plants. I saw them on Longwood’s website and have never seen them in the flesh. They are wonderful. I have even more Longwood orchids on my hard drive which were not visible in the orchid house this year! Sarah

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