Tuesday 21 February 2012
Orchids in the Glasshouse, RHS Garden Wisley (17 March – 15 April), is a celebration of all things bright and beautiful. It combines exotic colour, tropical heat and innovative planting displays to create a perfect oasis for orchid lovers and enthusiasts.
Immerse yourself in orchids throughout the Glasshouse; ranging from the cooler-growing species of Oncidium and Cymbidium, forming a naturalistic island display in the temperate zone, evoking the forest landscapes of the Himalaya.
Moving into the tropical section there will be dazzling, colourful displays of the hot-, humid-loving Phalaenopsis and Vandas, which are boldly arranged in a creative spectacle culminating at the tropical pond.
Feature plants for this year’s display, known as “King of Orchids”, are Cymbidium. These striking plants, which have been cultivated since Victorian times, are ideal plants for the home grower and can be seen displayed to their full potential throughout the moist temperate zone of the Glasshouse at Wisley.
A lesser-seen orchid, Phaius tankervilleae, will be in full bloom, with its tall elegant spikes of contrasting colours up to 2 metres in height.
You will also be able to see Arpophyllum giganteum waving its foxtail inflorescences and the drier-growing Dendrobium x delicatum and D. kingianum hybrids providing cushions of colour.
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