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Spotlight on Orchids

Good day!

It’s almost spring and over the next few weeks, I’ll be focusing on photography of florals and nature.  I’m personally eager for Spring to be here (and the warmer weather too).  One great opportunity is getting out to view public (and private) gardens.  If you’re lucky enough to have a green thumb,  you can also get out and cultivate the earth yourself.

Do you have any botanical gardens in your area?  What about large garden made famous by its location (ex. Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC) or a garden designed by someone famous (ex. Gertrude Jekyll)?  Here in the St. Louis, MO area, we have the Missouri Botanical Gardens. From January – March each year, they host their Annual Orchid Show and if you’re lucky enough to be in the area, you’re in for a real treat.

A couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of touring the orchid show and the theme was Peter Rabbit.  Beatrix Potter is one of my favorite childhood authors so I was doubly delighted to find orchids hiding in Mr. McGregor’s garden, just like Peter Rabbit.

These are a sprinkling of some of the lovely orchids and Peter Rabbit-themed displays I saw on my visit:

If this year’s event is anything half as lovely as what I have experienced in past years, then you’re in for a real treat.   Be sure to catch the show if you’re in our area, now through March 25th. For more details, please check out the Missouri Botanical Gardens website.

Oh, and when you go, don’t leave without a trip to my favorite destination… the Garden Gate Gift Shop!!!  During the orchid show each year a large number of orchids are available for sale in the store so you can try your hand at growing your own Phalaenopsis or other variety.  I just hope you’ve got more of a green thumb than I do.  🙂

What did you think of my photos?  Do you grow orchids? Do you have some good suggestions on how to grow them?  Leave me a comment. I’m always open to new ideas and advice. Until next week!


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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has seventeen years of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). Lauren is the Managing Web Editor and writer for The Scribe, a web publication of the St. Louis Writers Guild, where she also serves as their Director of Communications. She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at LaurenJoanMiller.com.

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