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January 26, 2013 – April 21, 2013
Natural History Museum
10th and Constitution Ave., NW
Sponsor: Smithsonian Gardens
Location: 1st Floor, West Wing (near Mammals), Special Exhibit Gallery
Do you want to stroll through a tropical rain forest on a cold winter's day? Visit this year’s orchid exhibition to explore the rich crossroads where orchid botany, horticulture, and Latin American cultures meet. Learn about the importance of orchids in Latin American folklore and cultural traditions, see how that region is a hotbed for scientific research on orchid biology and evolution, and discover conservation efforts to preserve orchids and their habitats for future generations. And, of course, enjoy the beautiful orchids from the Smithsonian Gardens Orchid Collection and the US Botanic Garden collection.