Orchids: the Epitome of the Exotic

Posted on November 27th, 2011 by Charles Boot
Feb ’12
6:30 pm

Orchids: the Epitome of the Exotic

Christopher Bailes,
Curator of the Chelsea Physic Garden

6.30 pm, Wednesday 29 February,
The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street

Orchids have for centuries symbolised the exotic and mysterious. Their remarkable diversity in form and flower has attracted scientists and gardeners alike, and they were described by Darwin as ‘universally acknowledged to rank amongst the most singular and most modified forms in the vegetable kingdom’. During the heyday of orchid discovery and exploration their allure was, if anything, enhanced by their perceived intractability in cultivation. The 19th century, however, saw a revolution in growing techniques, leading to an explosion of interest in orchids. This presentation will review the history of orchid cultivation through the centuries to the present day, where orchids are now a staple supermarket flower.

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