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The Irresistible Beauty of Orchids - Kew Gardens

21/01/2005, By

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Kew Gardens is proudly hosting its 11th Annual Orchid Festival, where over 250,000 orchids of all shapes and colours adorn the steamy Princess of Wales Conservatory. Various new designs have been created by Kew’s own talented horticultural team using orchids from Kew's orchid collection, as well as thousands flown in from places as far away as Singapore.

This year’s Festival, which runs from the 5th of February until the 6th of March, demonstrates orchids’ magical allure and their effect on people from diverse walks of life and professions. It highlights seven people who share one thing: a passion for orchids. They provide a varied series of insights into the world of orchids, touching on their glamour, vulnerability, historical status, and sheer aesthetic appeal.

The centre of the festival is the Princess of Wales Conservatory, where our orchid lovers, including a Fashion Designer and Chemist, reveal their own passions amongst the array of colourful exotic orchids.

The exhibition Kew’s Passion at White Peaks exhibition space takes a closer look at Kew’s world renowned collection. Starting from the earliest recorded specimens in 1768, through to Kew’s current collection of orchid specimens, books and illustrations – the most comprehensive in the world.

Are you inspired by the intrinsic beauty of orchids? Do you want to discover more? Kew is also running a series of behind the scenes tours, where you can learn the latest propagation techniques, and see Kew’s own nurseries, as well as hands-on sessions allowing you to discover the intricacies of orchids.

A series of fabulous orchid evening events, including viewings with canapés and sit down dinners are also available for people looking for an evening out with a colourful twist!

Adding to the attraction of this year’s festival, a stunning & unique glass installation by world renowned artist Dale Chihuly will be on display in the North End of the Princess of Wales Conservatory. This is a prelude to Kew’s exciting installation of his works throughout the Gardens from May 2005.

Find out all the details on the Kew Gardens Website.

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