Now I know that the spring weather has been eluding everyone with unexpected cold fronts and the snowstorms but there is a way to experience the spring that we know and love. The way to get out of the winter-like weather that is keen on sticking around is a visit to the !
The Orchids of Latin America exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History curated by Smithsonian Gardens reminds visitors what spring is like. Walking through this exhibit, you feel like you entering a tropical rain forest. The exhibit contains beautiful orchids indigenous to Latin America and highlights the threats to their habitat. One of these flowers is the Cattleya purpurata (below), which is an orchid native to Brazil, found high in the canopy of wooded hillsides. It begins to flower in late spring and early summer and is very popular among orchid growers.
Cattleya purpurata Smithsonian Gardens Orchid Collection, James Osen, photographer
So remember when you are walking around outside, wishing that the spring weather would finally come to Washington, know that there is a tropical sanctuary, The National Natural History Museum. Hurry though; the exhibit closes on April 21st!
---- Dylan Planeta