Starting today Longwood’s Orchid Extravaganza is on display. For the past two weeks, many of Longwood’s departments dismantled the Christmas display and created the Orchid Extravaganza display.
Removal of the center walkway’s poinsettias.
The dismantling of the southwest walkway. The lights are removed from the magnolias and are then taken out of the bed. The crop plant is also removed.
Remember this from Christmas?
Now, it’s dismantled and flipped into a cart.
And in it’s place is Veitchia merrillii (Christmas Palm).
The installation of our bedding plants is the final step of the changeover. The Indoor team relies on the Production Team to grow the bedding plants and to deliver them.
Pelargonium and Zantedeschia plants for the Northeast walkway.
Seth and I removed the Chamaecyparis trees from the bed. He did the heavy lifting, I took photos cherishing the moment.
The center walkway has an urn display with Phalaenopsis orchids. To save soil, we reused fiber pots to take up space in the urns to save soil.
One side of the finished center walkway. Yellow Kalanchoe & Vriesea, Dracena cincta with the urns of Phalaenopsis, and a large Dypsis decaryii on each side.
Clerodendrum quadriloculare standards on the West Exhibition display bed.
Some lowly intern planting Euphorbia fulgens in the southeast walkway.
The finished planting of the southeast walkway. Senecio cinneraria ‘Cirrus’ with interspersed Guzmania. Kalanchoe lined by the windows with Euphorbia fulgens planted underneath the Murraya paniculata.
The finished exhibition display floor. Hanging orchid baskets and obelisks created by the Production and Outdoor Display teams.
In the Acacia Passage, we removed the hydrangea flower ‘ball’.
Which was then replaced with Cymbidium orchid baskets.
The orchid ‘urns’ in the East Conservatory is made with oasis block, a media commonly used for floral arrangements as it can absorb and retain water for long periods of time.
The dismantling of the East Conservatory.
Many orchids, such as Phalaenopsis, grow on tress rather than directly in soil (epiphytic). When planting them, we keep them in their containers which are filled with an orchid bark mix. The Phellodendron that I’m holding will be planted out of its pot.
The finished East Conservatory.
Plectranthus thyrsoides, Hydrangea macrophylla, and Primula.
A part of the ‘Orchid Meadow’ in the East Conservatory created by the Outdoor Display team.