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The U.S. Botanic Gardens

All kinds of exotic plants find a home in the nation's capital.

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The U.S. Botanic Garden features an Orchid Exhibit in the Garden Court.

The U.S. Botanic Garden features an Orchid Exhibit in the Garden Court.1Picture by Lorena KowalewskiOrchid! A Cultural Odyseey features around 5,000 plants.2Picture by Lorena KowalewskiA giant planter in the form of a dragon is suspended from the ceiling. 3Picture by Lorena KowalewskiSome orchids are grown in a flask as a way to grow them as a crop.4Picture by Lorena KowalewskiOrchids are the national flowers of several countries. 5Picture by Lorena KowalewskiMany species of orchids are becoming extinct.6Picture by Lorena KowalewskiOrchids are being threatened because they require specific factors in their environment to survive.7Picture by Lorena KowalewskiAnother reason why some orchid species are being endangered is because collectors over harvest them for their beauty. 8Picture by Lorena KowalewskiAfter visitors walk through the myriad of orchids, they can visit the Jungle.9Picture by Lorena KowalewskiPlants which are normally seen in a tropical rainforest are housed in the Garden's glass conservatory.10Picture by Lorena KowalewskiBehind the Jungle, a world's deserts exhibit features succulents, grasses and shrubs.11Picture by Lorena KowalewskiEven after all the snow people can come and enjoy tropical, flowering plants.12Picture by Lorena Kowalewski

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  • Denise Nash (View Email) on February 23, 2010 at 10:34 AM
    Picture 4: Your comment on this picture: "Some orchids are grown in a flask as a way to grow them as a crop." Had me shaking my head. If you don't know about something, what do you do? Make something UP? Please ask if you are ignorant of why orchids would be growing in flask! This is how seeds are started, and those are baby orchids in there!
  • Denise Nash (View Email) on February 23, 2010 at 10:36 AM
    Picture 6: If your caption says that many species are becoming extinct, which is true, why not show a picture of a species? This is a hybrid!
  • Denise Nash (View Email) on February 23, 2010 at 10:40 AM
    Picture 7: My last comment. Yes, orchids require something special in order to survive - TREES, usually - and they are being stripped at an incredible rate in South and Central American Rain Forests. This isn't because they are being deprived of food, but of a place to live! Get it straight!
  • SCO fan on February 23, 2010 at 1:26 PM
    Ms. Nash - there is no reason to write such vehement, sarcastic comments to a student photographer. Accusing a photojournalist of making information up is serious accusation, espeically when you can't be sure that her caption is incorrect. Additionally, in caption 7 the photographer makes no mention that the orchids are deprived of food, as you say she does, and in fact orchids do need something other than "TREES" to survive - many require specific amounts of water as well as fungi to thrive. Your comments really don't need to be so rude. "Get it straight."
  • anonymous on February 23, 2010 at 7:02 PM
    These are some of the most beautiful photos of orchids I've seen.
  • :) on February 23, 2010 at 7:06 PM
    I love this gallery! Pictures of flowers make me so happy. Gorgeous.
  • Orchid on February 24, 2010 at 2:34 PM
    Ahhh....Ms Nash, what an idiot and please, do you really need to end each of your mean comments with an ! Maybe provide a link to your wonderful photos and captions so we can leave nasty comments for you. Get a life.
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