An Orchid Exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden Boasted Gorgeous Flowers

Thousands of blooms were on display as part of the organization's 200th anniversary celebration.

Have you ever visited a  conservatory at a botanic garden when the weather is cold? Inside this greenhouse-like atmosphere, you can get warm among gorgeous exotic plants that will make you forget all about winter outside. Fascinating orchids are some of the most beautiful to admire. One of the most impressive displays of these plants was the 25th Annual Orchid Exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. 

Greenhouse full of orchids at the U.S. Botanic Garden
Visitors learned about how orchids have traveled around the world throughout the centuries. Courtesy of the U.S. Botanic Garden

Visitors learned about how orchids have traveled around the world throughout the centuries. The theme for this event was Discover the World of Orchids, which says it all. Strolling through the exhibit educated visitors about these unique plants that grow all across the globe. One display featured docks, shipping crates, and barrels overflowing with orchids. It was a tribute to this plant's centuries-old popularity (orchids were being shipped across the ocean even in the 1700s, in early versions of terrariums called Wardian cases).

close up of orchids at U.S. botanic garden
Thousands of blooming orchids were on display for over two months throughout the Botanic Garden. Courtesy of the U.S. Botanic Garden

You can also see 8-foot-tall curtains made with colorful Vanda orchids. Hundreds more orchids were displayed in the U.S. Botanic Garden's Tropics house, including a photo-worthy arch of epiphytic orchids (orchids that grow by attaching themselves to other plants). The exhibit, created in partnership with Smithsonian Gardens, also included details about the conservation of rare and endangered orchids.

Multiple varieties of Orchids at the U.S. Botanic Garden
The orchid display was created in partnership with Smithsonian Gardens, which has its own collection of over 6,000 orchids. Courtesy of the U.S. Botanic Garden

The orchid exhibit was part of the U.S. Botanic Garden's 200th-anniversary celebration because orchids have been part of the Botanic Garden since the 1800s. It's the organization's most extensive collection of specialty plants. 

Even if you didn't make it during the orchid exhibit, a trip to the Botanic Garden is worth it if you find yourself in Washington D.C. Admission is free. You can explore both the conservatory and the National Garden every day of the week. Established by Congress in 1820 and permanently open to the public since 1850, it's also the oldest continuously operating public garden in the country. It currently has a collection of about 65,000 plants, including orchids, cacti, carnivorous plants, ferns, and medicinal plants, so there's a lot to take in, no matter when you go.

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