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Public Orchid Collections
Several botanical gardens maintain collections of orchids that are open to the public. Before you visit a public garden, take these steps to maximize the enjoyment of your trip.
Remember that viewing -- and not touching -- the plants and flowers will permit others to enjoy their beauty.
Avoid carrying a bulky handbag that can knock over and damage the plants.
Take along a pencil and paper to write down names of orchids that you would like to add to your collection. If a label is not evident, ask an employee to help you local one or find out the name. Do not remove labels from containers.
Some gardens have annual sales where divisions of selected clones are available; ask for the dates.
A few gardens have plant shops where orchids can be bought year round. Newcomers are advised to purchase flowering plants so they know what color they are buying.
Experienced growers might opt for divisions or unflowered plants. Choose specimens that can be packed so you can carry them with your or ask the plant-shop manager if the plants can be shipped. Orchids cannot be transported across international boundaries without completing elaborate paperwork, so it is wise to buy plants in your country of origin.
Wear comfortable walking shoes.
The following botanical gardens have orchid collections that are open to the public. Call for directions, hours of operation and admission fees.