Orchids Festival at Kew
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Kew Gardens’ celebration of the orchid returns for its twenty-sixth year, this time with a focus on the plant life of botanical hotspot Costa Rica. Kew’s Orchids Festival will see the botanical gardens’ tropical greenhouse bursting with colourful species, and in 2021 they will reflect the country’s diverse landscape – from the eastern coastline that looks out onto the Caribbean Sea, to the western shores, where the Pacific Ocean laps its world-renowned beaches.
The Prince of Wales Conservatory will be filled with the sights, smells and sounds of Costa Rica. Highlights will include a dramatic central pond display filled with bright orange and yellow orchids imitating a rising sun, life-sized animals made from blooms like bats, sloths, sea turtles, jaguars and quetzals (a bird important in Mesoamerican mythology), and displays full of the country’s national flower: the Guarianthe skinneri orchid.
There’ll also be a specially-commissioned ambient soundscape with recordings of birdsong, rainfall and forest sounds, and Costa Rican street food on offer to really make you feel like you’ve been transported to sunnier climes.
Safety precautions will be in place, including timed entry slots and a one-way loop around Princess of Wales Conservatory.