Orchids at Atlanta Botanical Garden

A quick trip through Atlanta provided just enough time to stroll through the Atlanta Botanic Garden’s Orchid Display House. While I’m not an orchid grower, what gardener and flower lover can resist enjoying the warmth of a tropical atrium and orchid display house during the winter doldrums of February?

In sharing these images I hope you let your imagination wander away from the cold and snow that still envelops Connecticut and much of the rest of the U.S. Think warm humidity, tropical plants dripping with dew, vibrant colors, and intricately beautiful blossoms.

A sign in the Orchid Display House offers some orchid background. Read it to better understand the images that follow.

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But don’t expect any orchid growing advice … I have none.  Just allow yourself to get lost in orchid beauty.

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Atlanta Botanic Garden’s Orchid Display House is filled with specimens from Madagascar, Ecuador, Australia, Central America, Mexico, and Asia. Click the link to learn more.

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Each orchid face is so unique … each has it’s own personality.

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One can almost imagine the orchids coming to life and throwing parties when humans are not around.

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There is no way for me to choose a favorite … or even narrow those most liked down to a few. It’s easy to understand how growing orchids can become an obsession.

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Should you manage to visit Atlanta Botanic Gardens for more than a quick tour, they offer guided tours and orchid care clinics. There’s an Orchid Market Weekend planned April 5-6 for purchasing locally grown orchids and supplies.

But don’t limit yourself to just the orchid display. Atlanta Botanic Garden has multiple outdoor gardens and plant collections including a rose garden, a Japanese garden, a conifer garden, an edible garden, a children’s garden and strolling paths leading to lovely sites. It’s definitely worthy of repeat visits at all times of the year but, to a winter weary northerner, the orchid house is divine.

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