RHS to wow visitors with the world's rarest and most exotic orchids

Some of the rarest and most exotic orchids go on show next week at the RHS London Orchid & Botanical Art Show, from 11 to 13 April.

A spokeswoman said the event was an international showcase for some of the world’s best orchid specialists and amateurs alongside international works of botanical art. A host of speakers will talk on the ancient art of orchid growing.

"The best orchid exhibitors will be selling a wide range of species and hybrids. Akerne Orchids of Belgium, Ecuagenera of Ecuador and Orchis Floriculturing of Taiwan are just a few," she said.

RHS horticulturist and orchid specialist David McLaughlin said: "This is the first international orchid show of the year in the UK and includes a wide range of high-quality orchids that aren’t commonly available but are attractive and easy to grow."

Laurence Hobbs and Equatorial Plants, Heritage and McBean’s Orchids, and even miniature species from Columbian Orquideas del Valle will be on show. Meanwhile Students from the Writhlington School Orchid Project will speak on a Rwanda tour.

Nearly 30 artists from 10 countries from as far afield as Australia, Thailand, South Korea and the USA will be exhibiting botanical art in the hope of winning gold medals.

RHS picture forum secretary Elizabeth Koper said: "The show is unique in that it provides art lovers with a chance to see originals by some of the best botanical artists working today."

Visit www.rhs.org.uk/londonshows for more information.

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