Kew Gardens’ celebration of the orchid returns for its twenty-fourth year, this time with a focus on the plant life of Colombia. Kew’s Orchids festival will see the botanical gardens’ tropical greenhouse bursting with colourful species, and in 2019 they will reflect the country’s diverse landscape – from tropical beaches to snow-capped mountains.
The Prince of Wales Conservatory will be filled with the sights, smells and sounds of Colombia. Highlights will include a ‘Carnival of Animals’ display depicting a toucan in flight, a hanging sloth and swimming turtles all made up of hundreds of stunning orchid blossoms. A cascade of colourful hanging vandas will represent Colombia’s famous rainbow river, Caño Cristalesm. There’ll also be a forest scene with life-sized jaguars.
Don’t miss a dazzling display of hundreds of colourful butterflies suspended from the glasshouse ceiling and bright yellow orchids floating over the glasshouse pond, depicting the legend of El Dorado. Kew has also enlisted the help of Colombian multi-disciplinary artist Vanessa Moncayo Gonzaìlez to transform the glasshouse film room into a Bogotá-style café where you can grab a cup of tea and take in some colourful street-art-style murals.
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This is amazing. Honestly. I don't know much - if anything - about flowers, but the colours, displays and scents are just beautiful. Not only do you get to view this splendid exhibition but the rest of Kew Gardens as well - banging! Only thing I would recommend is not going on a bitterly cold day as I did as you have to walk from place to place and it just makes you sad in between each segment of art.