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Smithsonian Gardens and the U.S. Botanic Garden announces 18th annual orchid exhibition Orchids of Latin America

Submitted by on January 24, 2013 – 3:21 am

Smithsonian Gardens and the U.S. Botanic Garden present the 18th annual orchid exhibition Orchids of Latin America at the National Museum of Natural History, on Jan. 26 through April 21.

“Orchids of Latin America” will highlight the importance of Latin American orchids in local culture and folklore through live flower displays and examine ways biological reserves are working to preserve orchid species and habitats today.

The exhibit will explore the rich crossroads where orchid botany, horticulture and Latin American cultures meet. Featuring thousands of orchids, many of which are Latin American species or hybrids originating from Latin species, the exhibit explores how the Latin American region is a hotbed for scientific research on orchid biology and evolution. It will highlight conservation efforts to preserve them and their habitats for future generations.

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