Toronto Orchid Show

toronto orchid show 2016

We decided to check out the Toronto Orchid Show at the Toronto Botanical Gardens recently! It was pretty spectacular! I don’t know very much about orchids personally. I love my bonsai’s and fussy little plants, but orchids always seemed out of reach because of how cold my apartment can get.

toronto orchid show 2016

purple orchid blossom toronto orchid show 2016

The show featured displays of prize winning orchids of every imaginable variety as well as rooms full of plants and accessories for sale. I took a zillion photos. Sorry in advance for the enormously picture-heavy post! 🙂

yellow orchids toronto orchid show 2016

red orchid blossom toronto orchid show 2016

purple orchid blossom toronto orchid show 2016

 

It’s been so cold here lately I thought I’d share some of my favorites from the day in case you need a reminder of spring and color too! 🙂 They’re all right off my camera, I didn’t do much of anything to these apart from resize them so this is what the flowers looked like. Amazing!!! (As always if you’d like to see any of these photos larger just click them)

red orchid toronto orchid show 2016

bright purple orchid flowers toronto orchid show 2016

pale pink orchid toronto orchid show 2016

dark red and purple orchid flower toronto orchid show 2016Unfortunately I did not manage to write down the names of every species my eyes fell across, there were truly hundreds upon hundreds. They were in every possible color and shape. The room was so full of fragrance it was incredible, and the perfect antidote to the -20 outside.

pink yellow orchid flower

toronto orchid show 2016

toronto orchid show 2016

What I learned at the show was that there are orchids for a variety of climates and temperatures. Some require elaborate tending and others are better left ignored, or watered with a single iced cube per week left to melt at their feet.

Also we have orchids in Canada! Aside from the obvious Lady Slippers we also have all sorts of our own strange and exquisite orchids. You can see a whole list with photos here if you’re curious which grow naturally in our cooler climate.

toronto orchid show display 2016

dark red and pink orchid flower toronto orchid show display 2016

bright red orange orchid flowers

Some of the orchids were so unique and captivating. I was enthralled by the two below, one resembles an insect almost- all spindly legs and cupping flowers, the other a fringed neck-tie.

spider orchid toronto orchid show 2016

toronto orchid show 2016

 

-Taeden

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