Last month, I spoke and signed books at the Annual Montreal Seed Fair held at the Montreal Botanical Gardens. When things got a bit harried at the event, I took the opportunity to relax with walks through the greenhouses.
Inhale deeply. Exhale deeply.
I’ve said it at least a dozen times, but of the greenhouses I’ve visited, those at the Montreal Botanical Gardens remain my favourite to date and always a highlight of any trip to Montreal. Oh how I wish we had greenhouses this inspiring here in Toronto! [Speaking of which... the super amazing Drawn & Quarterly bookstore is hosting an event for the book next month so I'll be headed back there soon. Stay tuned.]
The orchid conservatory was in full form during my trip, and possibly the best I have ever seen it. I took a ton of photos. Here are just a few of the orchids that caught my interest that day.
Jade Slipper Orchid (Paphiopedilum malipoense)
Ludisia discolor ‘Alba’
Phragmipedium ‘Court Jester’
Paphiopedilum ‘Green Mantle’
Zygopetalum crinitum. It had a sweet, floral smell that reminded me of violets and hyacinths, but slightly less headache-inducing.
Epidendrum obrienianum. I call these cuties the clown face orchid.
Paphiopedilum ‘Bel Royal.‘ I think this one looks like a baboon.
Cymbidium Evening Star ‘Pastel Princess’
And here’s a close-up. Let’s just say, “No comment” and leave it at that.
And from a distance so you can see context. The flower is so delicate and drapey.
Epidendrum stamfordianum var. album
Phragmipedium Sedenii Candidulum