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Kew Gardens, Orchid Festival

The plant life of Columbia provides the inspiration for Kew Gardens’ 24th annual Orchid Festival as the botanical garden’s tropical greenhouse comes alive with some of the colourful species native to the South American country.

The Prince of Wales Conservatory will play host to the plants with highlights including the ‘Carnival of Animals’ display which will cleverly depict a variety of species including a toucan, a sloth and an array of swimming turtles using hundreds of orchids. Columbia’s native river Caño Cristalesm will be represented by a variety of hanging vandas while a forest scene populated with life size jaguars will be cleverly fashioned out of the orchids. The fabulous legend of El Dorado will be referenced with a floating display of yellow orchids in the glasshouse pond.

Kew Gardens’ Orchid Festival