MEET THE ORCHID LADY
Babs Wagner is the "orchid lady"
at Missouri Botanical Garden.
As curator of their famous orchid collection,
dating back to 1876 when Henry Shaw
received his first orchid and started
Shaw's Garden in St. Louis,
Babs collects and manages some
7,000 orchid plants,
culminating in the annual Orchid Show
(ongoing this month and next)
which attracts visitors worldwide.
I was allowed a private tour in the garden's
3 controlled orchid greenhouses
(each a different temperature and humidity
depending on the cultivars.)
One of Henry Shaw's original orchids
originally collected in 1898
is still thriving at this year's show.
Babs pointed to several of their resident
which are placed throughout the greenhouses
to control the roach population.
(See final photo.)
"One of every 8 plants in the world
is an orchid."