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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


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.


The Devoted Classicist said...

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

Rebecca Corvese 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...


I'm sure yours are magnificent.


I'm feeling inspired to try new varieties.