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2.21.2011

Orchid Daze

[Photography by Coleen Rider courtesy Balustrade and Bitters. Design by Schuyler Samperton.]

After the balmy long weekend we just experienced in Atlanta, a post about antidotes for the winter blahs seems really ill-timed. But rather than scrap everything I had planned, I do want to share a few quick links.

 [Image via the Atlanta Botanical Garden.]

The Atlanta Botanical Garden's Fuqua Orchid Center houses the largest collection of species orchids in the U.S., and the tropical assortment comes into focus each winter with Orchid Daze -- a celebration that involves weekend orchid markets, orchid care clinics, cooking demonstrations and, most importantly, exhibitions of phalaenopsis, dendrobiums, cattleyas and other exotic plants. This year's Orchid Daze: Liquid Landscapes will extend into April.

[Bottle with inlaid design of orchids,1830-1860. Agano Yaguma , (Japanese, 1795-1871) Edo period. Stoneware with white slip inlaid under clear glaze. Freer and Sackler Galleries. Gift of Charles Lang Freer.]

The bottle I chose to share, above, is Japanese, but orchids in Chinese paintings are the focus of a current exhibition at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in D.C. The show compliments Orchids: A View from the East, on view at the National Museum of Natural History through April 24, 2011.

5 comments:

The Devoted Classicist said...

My orchids, especially those with scented blooms, have really helped me get through the winter.

Rebecca@Harmony and Home said...

I love orchids.. have several in my house. Thanks for this post! :)

Emile de Bruijn said...

Very wabi, that bottle. One could do a little pathos-filled haiku about those dishevelled orchids depicted on it: Sprightly orchids / Torn and fallen / End of summer :)

Style Court said...

Emile -- you're in top creative form so early in the morning!

Style Court said...

John,

I'm sure yours are magnificent.

Rebecca,

I'm feeling inspired to try new varieties.