On Galentine’s Day, some friends and I went to Kew Gardens to see their 24th annual orchid festival. I had never been to this particular event so I was very excited to see it. The theme this year is Orchids: Celebrate the Colour of Colombia. I was surprised to learn that the South American country has 4,270 species of orchids growing there!
Eager to escape the bleak, London winter even if just for a few moments, I walked into The Princess of Wales Conservatory. I was surprised to find that it was almost like being at home. I was instantly reminded of the orchid exhibition that Longwood Gardens, outside of Philadelphia, has around this time each year, as well. That made me very happy and even a bit nostalgic.
To see the bright colors and smell the lightly scented flowers made for an intoxicating event. Combined with the warmth of the conservatory it really was like being transported to another country! There are 6,200 orchids to be seen throughout in the festival in addition to the national flower of Colombia, Flor de Mayo.
There were displays of animals surrounded by gorgeous flora and beautiful arches laced with orchids throughout them.
My favorite animal was definitely the sloth!
The entire route boasts an impressive assortment of orchids ranging from the very tiny to much larger blooms. My eyes kept wandering, taking in the intense colors all the while.
I am so glad that I got to experience the Kew Gardens Orchid Festival and the lovely women I went with made the experience that much better.
If you’re in or around London, be sure to check out the orchids! It’s on until 10 March.
I can’t wait to see what Kew Gardens dreams up for next year!
Do you have any gardens where you live? Are there any special exhibitions that take place this time of year? Tell me about them below!
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