About the Event
This year, Cambridge University Botanic Garden’s ‘how to build an orchid’ exhibition is going back to basics as it reveals, from the root up, what makes an orchid an orchid.
The orchid family is one of the largest plant families in the world; over 25,000 different species can be found across every continent apart from Antarctica. Orchids are found from the arctic tundra to tropical forests, growing on rocks, in soil, high-up suspended on other plants and even underground. Their exotic nature continues to keep enthusiasts enamored and enraptured.
Many different species of orchid will be on display in the warmth of the Garden’s Glasshouse Range for Orchids 2018: an exhibition, how to build an orchid.
Visitors will be able to explore and examine the different parts that make up an orchid and understand how each part is crucial to the survival and reproduction of this widely recognisable yet diverse group of plants.
Orchids 2018: an exhibition, how to build an orchid, will focus on the key parts of an orchid’s morphology: the seed, flower, pseudobulb and root.
Each house within the Garden’s Glasshouse Range will present one part of the orchid. Large information boards will describe the role of each orchid part, and each house will be filled with Borders; a relaxing Woodland Garden and Lake. Alpine and tropical plants in the Glasshouse Range are also perfect for a cold day’s visit.
The Garden offers year-round inspiration for gardeners and is an exciting introduction to the natural world for families. A number of events are held throughout the year as well as adult courses and workshops. See website for details.
For visitor information and admission pricing please visit www.botanic.cam.ac.uk or call 01223 336265.