The beauty of flowers rich in color and form, like orchids, is a pleasure to view. Today, many restaurants and dining places are set against some scenic orchid garden to augment the savor of food. An instance in view is Vanilla Pod Restaurant & Bar whose name symbolizes the connection between vanilla flavor of many desserts and palatable items and its source viz. the orchid Vanilla Planifolia. The beauty of orchid garden view is matched by fresh orchid as ingredient in the restaurant’s food.
Display Orchid Gardens
Orchids form the largest family of flowering plants. With their variegated charm to eyes, orchids are ideal flowers for growing in a display garden. Orchids are one of the most highly specialized plants in terms of habitat. Many of these live as epiphytes in tropical woodlands. Some of them flourish in moist climates and still others in drier places.
Their wide distribution makes them easy to grown and display in your orchid garden. And if that is not enough, orchids have been hybridized into a wide variety of colors and textures, to improve their look and adaptability. An estimated around 100,000 horticultural varieties have been produced and hundreds of new orchids are bred every year. This makes them one of the best aesthetic sources for placing in a display orchid garden.
Flower in the Orchid Garden and the Wild
When it was suggested that the beautiful orchid flowers so coddled in an orchid garden are genetically related to inhabitants of wild like the asparagus, the relation sounded weird. Later, Ken Cameron of New York’s Botanical Garden studied the DNA of orchids and other flowering plants.
His findings confirmed the surprising revelations about orchids‘ kin. The latter include onions, irises, amaryllis, daffodils, and even the vegetable asparagus. Studies further bring to light the fact that orchids are by no means as new as previously thought. They are older than palms and hence predate 100 million years or so.
Given the great species diversity it is no wonder for flower collectors and gardening amateurs to select orchid flowers for their botanical gardens in greater proportion. This seems to be the trend as we take a look at Brooklyn Botanic Garden where the collection of orchids now reaches 2200 plants with 240 genera and about 980 species from all parts of the world. Cattleya, Lycaste,Dendrobium,Oncidium, Encyclia are some of the most welcome varities of orchids that beautify the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.