For centuries, people have been fascinated by orchids. Their exotic forms, the ability of some of them to grow on little more than air and water and the sheer adventure and danger involved in collecting them created a desire for these plants unmatched by any other.
In support of this, we are preparing for the Wisley Orchid Display which will run from Saturday 26th January until Friday 15th February, although you will find a substantial show of orchids until at least April. These magnificent and fascinating plants are ready to astound and amaze you upon entering the Glasshouse, and you can find them located mainly in the Tropical and Moist Temperate Zones.
Meanwhile, in the Gallery we have an exhibition about the history of orchid collection and breeding in the UK which includes orchid paintings and drawings from the collections at the Lindley Library. There will also be 30 minute talks about orchid cultivation given by members of the Glasshouse department who nurture these wonderful plants.
Intricate, exotic, vibrant; there is too much variety within this group of plants to do them justice in a few words. There is only one answer – you’ll have to come down to the Glasshouse to see them for yourselves!