Ah, the orchid! Long a symbol of love and beauty, this fragrant flower looks great in any garden or on any table and it adds style to a wedding wardrobe as a corsage. Plus, it can be used in herbal remedies, while its dried seed pods are great for aromatherapy and its dried leaves add flavor to rum.
Orchids bloom almost anywhere in the world, but the southern tip of Taiwan has the perfect climate, sun and soil for cultivating this species.
From Aug. 21 through Aug. 23, the Queens Botanical Garden, in partnership with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, will present Taiwan: A World of Orchids. Back by popular demand after last year’s inaugural show, this exhibit will feature a stunning display with more than 250 pots containing exquisite Taiwanese orchids.
In addition, the Taiwanese American Arts Council will present The Moment, a multidisciplinary, site-specific program created specifically for this display. More than 25 contemporary artists will present diverse perspectives on the fusion of cultures, and most will be on site to discuss their pieces with attendees.
Taiwan: A World of Orchids will end with a flower sale on Sunday from 5:15 to 6 p.m.