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WINTER 2016-2017

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the premier destination for this species," Dorrian notes. Winter is the height of orchid season because it is summer for these tropical plants. Entering the orchid conservatory, massive arches of tillandsia usher visitors into a lush habitat that imitates the three distinct growing climates of an Andean mountain, starting with drier lowland foothills that are home to succulents, including a 100-year-old sago palm. Next is the mid-mountain rainforest featuring a spectacular "Cascade Wall" bedecked in vibrant orchid blossoms. The final zone emulates the highland with its cooler temperatures ideal for fruit trees. This section also includes a rare vanilla plant with seed pods, as well as a cacao tree with chocolate growing on it. "If you are a plant geek, you can spend a whole day in the conservatory and be dumbfounded by the diversity of over 200 tropical species," Dorrian says. Orchids you can see at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden include Doritis pulcherrima (clockwise from upper right), Beallara Marfitch 'Howard's Dream', Phalaenopsis Sogo Yukidian variation 3, Cymbidium hybrid and the Cascade Wall of rainforest varieties. BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE 39 WINTER 2016-2017

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