The topic of orchids has been covered by Apartment Therapy before; partially due to their exquisite beauty as well as their propensity to become a fetish. But nevertheless, when you're out shopping this Valentine's weekend for a real show-stopping floral gift, an orchid can do no wrong.
Although the nearly 26,000 species of orchids are grown all over the world (including one variety that grows above the Arctic circle), most species grow in humid climates such as the tropics of the Americas, Africa and SouthEast Asia. Here in Singapore we find orchids growing, weed-like, all over the city and are constantly surprised with the variety and color.
One of the best sights to see orchids is at the National Orchid Garden in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, located in the heart of the city. It houses one of the largest displays of orchids in the world, showcasing nearly 60,000 plants including 400 species and 2,000 hybrids. The tropical rainforest that surrounds the gardens creates a perfect environment to both show and breed orchids. In fact, Singapore is one of only two cities in the world with a tropical rainforest within city limits.
Local organizations, like the Orchid Society of South-East Asia can be great resources for those wanting to learn more about this vast variety of flowers and The American Orchid Society has a well-organized online resource for frequently asked questions. And for those of you who are hard-core orchid fans, please note that the 2011 World Orchid Conference will be held in Singapore this November.