Because just about now, I’m desperate to see FLOWERS!

Fortunately, I’m currently in Washington, D.C. and had a free afternoon to myself today in which to see the (free) orchid exhibit at the United States Botanic Garden .

Although I knew I wouldn’t remember all of the the names of the different types of orchids (the collection contains over 5,000 specimens), here are some of my favorites!

green orchid and shadow

purple orchid

yellow orchid

pale pink orchids

orange orchids

colorful orchids

ladyslipper orchid

pale yellow green orchids

peach orchids

yellow orchid sprig against a grey background

spidery orchids

yellow and white mini orchids

The exhibit features far more than just orchids, though.  In the Garden Primeval I spotted these pretty brush-like flowers…

pink brush flower

While the prickly thistle was one of the interesting plants blooming in the Medicinal Plants garden.


While not exactly flowers, the shape of these cactus plants comes close enough in my book…not to mention that cacti are fast becoming my g0-to plants for our New York apartment!

pale grey green cacti

prickly cactus

The exhibit includes spice plants, like this Allspice bush…

allspice plant

And berries (these just happen to be coffee!) 

coffee beans

The number of  fruit varieties (starfruit)…

star fruit



(Kumquats)…make the visitor feel like they’ve stepped into a veritable garden of Eden.


And, yes, there are even cocoa beans to help round out the fascinating exhibits!

cocoa beans

P.S. In case flowers aren’t your thing, there’s plenty of beautiful foliage in the Hawaiian and Tropics rooms to keep you interested!

leaves with pretty patterns2

green palm fronds

leaves with pretty patterns


    • Joana says:

      Hi Helen,

      It really was a lovely exhibit, and well worth the 45 minute walk there and back. There are a few crocus blossoms and pansies blooming around D.C., but mostly the great outdoors here looks rather grey and wintry still. It’s too bad we’re not here a few weeks later when the cherry blossoms emerge!

      Anything coming up in your garden yet? It would be fun to catch up by phone one of these days. 🙂

      XOX – Joana

      On Thu, Mar 3, 2016 at 10:59 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


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