Orchids 2017: Another India – Cambridge University Botanic Garden
About the Event
Step out of the cold into the welcoming warmth of Cambridge University Botanic Garden’s Glasshouses which will be transformed into a technicoloured tapestry of vibrant displays to celebrate the plants and culture of South Asia.
Orchids 2017: Another India is an exploration of India’s natural heritage and is part of a wider University of Cambridge Museum (UCM) event India Unboxed to mark the 70th anniversary of India’s independence from Britain. Visitors to the Botanic Garden will be introduced to the many varied species of orchids growing throughout India’s diverse habitats, as different parts of the Glasshouses will showcase species from the cool growing orchids found in the Himalayas to the tree hanging species found in the steamy tropics.
Among the varied and vibrant orchids on display will be structures, images and objects representing different aspects of Indian culture alongside some of India’s key economic crops. Rice, pepper, cotton, turmeric and tea plants jostle with tea crates and hessian sacks to introduce the economic and cultural importance of these crops to the visitor.
Adult admission to the Botanic Garden costs £5.50 gift aid and standard adult admission is £5.00. Concession admission is £4.95 gift aid and standard concession admission is £4.50 for over 65s and students in possession of a valid recognised student identity card. University of Cambridge students and accompanied children 16 and under are admitted free of charge.