Spotted: a magical Orchid Festival

Orchid lovers were inspired by the magical “Orchids Festival” at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London (4 February – 5 March 2017).

Inspired by the vibrant colours, culture and magnificent plant life of India, this year’s festival featured giant floral displays created using exotic orchids. Indian riksjas and life-sized animal figures including an elephant, peacock and monkey were decorated with i.e. Cymbidium, Paphiopedilum and Dendrobium. Phalaenopsis drops hung delicately from the ceiling, while a beautifully embellished traditional Indian marriage swing swayed among the Vandas, This year’s more dan 36,000 different orchids were present at the floral festival.


Elisa Biondi, Princess of Wales Conservatory Supervisor, RBG Kew says, “This year’s Orchids festival was really special and different. It immersed visitors in the sights, senses and sounds of India’s exotic and vibrant culture. Together with the amount of orchids we created an explosion of unique and colourful beauty.


The Orchid festival also included creative workshops with orchids, film screenings, behind-the-scenes tours and ‘Orchid Lates’, allowed you to experience the horticultural paradise after hours with cocktails and live performances.


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