Get Swept up in Orchid Mania

These days, you can buy an orchid just about anywhere — grocery stores, gardening centers, and (shameless plug) the gift shop of your favorite botanical garden. In the 19th century however, these beautiful flowers were incredibly rare in cultivation. New species were highly sought after by collectors and the elite as symbols of wealth and status. The demand for these plants reached a fever pitch during the Victorian era, in what became known as Orchid Mania. The 2018 Orchid Show celebrates the golden age of orchid collecting, and the Garden’s…