Just a couple of weeks before the ‘Beast from the East’ swept across the UK, our boiler broke down. (Looking back, it was rather good timing, as being without heat last week would have been much worse, but at the time it felt anything but.) Spending a day shivering on our sofa wasn’t all that appealing, so we ventured out to the Glasshouse Range at Cambridge University Botanic Garden.
Orchids 2018 was a feast for the eyes, a kaleidoscope of plum, magenta, peach and apricot-coloured blooms. Suspended from the ceiling in wire baskets, their roots trailing beneath them, and planted in terracotta pots, they filled every nook and cranny of the Glasshouse Range. I’d never seen this many orchids in one place – and judging by the exclamations from other visitors, neither had they. Expertly curated, the exhibition brought together a diverse range of orchids, from the tropics to the tundra regions, with each glasshouse focusing on one of the four component parts of an orchid: the seed, flower, pseudobulb and root. If you’re in or around Cambridge and haven’t been, it’s well worth a visit – just come armed with lots of space on your memory card!
Orchids 2018 runs until Sunday 11th March 2018.