Friday, January 11, 2013

Orchid Daze 2013 is Coming!

The theme for the Atlanta Botanical Garden's 2013 "Orchid Daze" event has been announced..."Surreal Beauty." The exhibition opens Saturday, February 9 and runs through Sunday, April 14.

Orchid Daze, Atlanta Botanical Garden
Orchid Daze, Atlanta Botanical Garden
From the Atlanta Botanical Garden website:
"Surreal Beauty delights with surprising juxtapositions of fanciful flowers and playful objects inspired by surrealist imagination. Experience a funhouse gallery frolicking with the fantastic forms of "Dancing ladies", Persian Violets, slipper orchids and more!"
The years I've attended Orchid Daze, I've been blown's stunning EVERY year! 

To give you an idea of just how intensely impressive Orchid Daze is, first of all, the Atlanta Botanical Garden has one of the largest collections of orchids in the United States, with approximately 2,000 species in their collection. There are approximately 25,000 species—the most of any flowering plant on the planet. Now, realize that the 25,000 doesn't include all the hybrids.

The Garden also conducts orchid research and conservation...there's a LOT going on at this Garden!

Back to Orchid Daze... With that many orchids already in the collection—many on display—last year for Orchid Daze, they bought in an additional 917 orchid plants, which of course translated into thousands of orchid blossoms!

There will be a number of Orchid Specialists on-hand during the exhibition and there's always the drop-in tours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, if you'd like a more insightful look at the Garden to couple with your Orchid Daze experience.

And don't forget the end-of-exhibition sale. That's right! After the exhibition, they'll hold a plant sale so that the plants that were brought in can find a loving home in which to thrive for years to come. 

Keep an eye on the website for when that sale will take's usually for a couple of days, but weekdays during business, you'll want to plan.

Please enjoy the above pre-sized Facebook Cover Photo—a picture that I took during last year's Orchid Daze event. Then head over to the wanderlust ATLANTA Facebook Page for lots more!

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