RAISING WORLD CLASS ORCHIDS
Here's a behind-the-scenes look
at the private orchid greenhouses
at Missouri Botanical Garden,
responsible for the current
2016 Orchid Show
and one of the largest and finest
orchid collections in the U.S.
Over 7,000 orchid plants,
representing 2580 unique taxa
are propagated and maintained here,
representing 3202 unique species.
The first specimens were given to
Henry Shaw in 1876,
when he first established the garden here.
In 1923, the Missouri Botanical garden staff
set off to Panama and Colombia
to expand the collection, and returned
with over 5,000 specimens.
Since then the garden has been recognized
as one of the world's leading orchid collections.
(Look closely at the final photo here,
and you'll see how the private orchid greenhouses
control any insects problems within.)