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Alluring Orchids at Kew Gardens

Submitted by on February 11, 2015 – 8:08 amNo Comment
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england_kew_orchidsIt’s a tropical extravaganza in the Princess of Wales Conservatory at Kew Gardens just outside London, England.

The Alluring Orchids show is now in progress (open until March 8, 2015).

It’s a “floral feast to seduce the senses”, because (as Kew points out) orchids use extraordinary means to tempt, exploit and attract their pollinators: Colour, shape and smell play a vital role in ensuring their survival, making them one of the most successful and diverse plant families on Earth. Visitors to the festival will discover the diverse range of colour that orchids and tropical plants use to entice insects, birds and other animals.

There are all sorts of special events connected with the exhibition: On Tuesdays, orchid researchers and specialists will share their knowledge during Spoonful of Science workshops from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

On Thursdays, join the volunteer guides on an Orchid Nursery Tour to see how some of the rarer species are nurtured, grown, and cared for (£10 for the 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. tours which include a Q&A session with a Kew horticulturalist; £15 for the 2:30 p.m. tour which includes a hands-on potting demonstration at the end).

On weekends, enjoy discussions by the horticulture and science teams during School of Thought talks in the School of Horticulture (adjacent to the Princess of Wales Conservatory). Behind-the-scenes tours of the Tropical Nursery with the volunteer guides will take place on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (places cost £10).

Entry to Alluring Orchids is included with a normal day entry ticket to Kew Gardens — that’s the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, England.

(Photo courtesy of Kew Gardens)

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