An Eclectic Collection of Orchids

In October, The Huntington will host the annual Southland Orchid Show and Sale. As in previous years, exhibitors will display orchids from around the world, a reflection of the passion among collectors for the vast and diverse Orchidaceae family. The event also reflects The Huntington’s own dedication to orchids, plants … Continue reading

Orchid Masquerade

This weekend The Huntington hosts the annual Southland Orchid Show in the Botanical Center’s Banta Hall. Billed this year as “Orchid Masquerade,” the show promises to present exotic blooms in lush displays exhibited by local orchid societies and commercial growers. Vendors will have a wide range of orchid plants and … Continue reading

ORCHID COLLECTION | Crisis Management

At the outbreak of World War II, curators of museums across Europe scrambled to pack up their priceless artworks, artifacts, and prized collections to protect them from potential harm. Meanwhile botanists in Europe were also pondering ways to preserve rare and precious plants as conservatories and greenhouses were being torn … Continue reading

ORCHID COLLECTION | Forever Immortalized

Aung San Suu Kyi, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Abraham Lincoln, and Nelson Mandela have all changed the world in one way or another. And from Cymbidium Margaret Thatcher to Phalaenopsis Aung San Suu Kyi, these leaders have been forever immortalized in the botanical world as well. Having an orchid named … Continue reading

ORCHID COLLECTION | An Extraordinary Orchid Blooms at The Huntington

In 2002, a roadside orchid stand in the Peruvian countryside was the opening scene of one of the most infamous chapters in the history of orchidology. An American orchid collector, Michael Kovach, brought back a slipper orchid he had purchased there. Phragmipedium kovachii was known to a few orchid enthusiasts … Continue reading

ORCHID COLLECTION | The Star of Bethlehem Discovered!

Astronomers throughout history have searched the skies in hopes of locating the Star of Bethlehem, the famed star of scripture. Meanwhile botanists have found their very own “Star of Bethlehem” among the Orchid family. Angraecum sesquipedale, also known as the Star of Bethlehem to orchid collectors, was first discovered by … Continue reading

ORCHID COLLECTION | Gotta See ’Em Catasetum

It’s a bird…. It’s a plane…. It’s orchid pollen? Pollen has been flying at the information desk in The Rose Hills Foundation Conservatory for Botanical Science this past month! Lucky visitors who were in the Conservatory at the right place and at the right time were able to witness the … Continue reading