February 9 - April 14
Orchid Daze: Surreal Beauty delights with surprising juxtapositions of fanciful flowers and playful objects inspired by surrealist imagination. Experience a funhouse gallery frolicking with the fantastic forms of "Dancing ladies", Persian Violets, slipper orchids and more!
The Fuqua Conservatory lobby transforms into a conflagration of colors set ablaze with flaming reds, oranges, and yellows. Mirrored walls unexpectedly distort both orchids and viewers, visually melting the two into bizarre hybrid forms. Reflections magnify, stretch, fragment, and ripple space as visitors literally become part of the artistic composition. “Orchids are such intriguingly odd flowers we want to celebrate their whimsical and playful personalities,” said Mary Pat Matheson, the Garden’s executive director. An orchid “rain” in pink and white descends from the atrium ceiling, filling the air with the topsy-turvy blossoms of Dendrobium and pastel Cymbidium reaching skyward.
In the Orchid House, a rarely encountered “shoe tree” flourishes in the formal bed. Fiery jewel-toned slipper orchids (Paphiopedilum and Phragmipedium) emerge from stilettos. The shoes hang like ripe buds from gnarled lace-covered branches. The everpopular “Moth Orchid Blast” explodes from the facing wall in yellow and terracotta tones. “Our Orchid Daze fans will love this year’s orchids,” said Becky Brinkman, Fuqua Orchid Center manager. “We are very excited to be able to display some newly released hybrids as well as some award-winning heirloom varieties.”
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