Orchids Around Us

Educational program and resources

OrchidThe Orchids Around Us Education Package is intended to enhance Smithsonian Gardens’ collections by making them accessible in new ways, both inside and outside the museum, archives, and classroom. In this package you will find information about the concepts and goals underlying these activities, and suggestions for how they can be used in your home, classroom, or community.

Orchids Around Us is designed to highlight the Smithsonian Orchid Collection. This collection is an invaluable resource for education, exhibition, and scientific research. Smithsonian Gardens strives to cultivate an extremely diverse array of orchids from all over the world. With close to 8,000 plants in our collection, new acquisitions are selected carefully each year based on their display quality, educational value, beauty, rarity and how they complement our present collection. Use the lessons in this package to learn about specific types of orchids, their appearance, habitats, uses, and cultural significance and history. We hope that voices of all ages can become a part of this dialogue through collaboration. Come join the conversation at Smithsonian Gardens!

Orchids Around Us Activities

Smithsonian Orchid Collection

Orchids Around Us

Smithsonian Gardens strives to cultivate an extremely diverse array of orchids from all over the world. With close to 8,000 plants in the collection, new acquisitions are selected carefully each year based on their display quality, educational value, beauty, rarity and how they complement the present collection.

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