Man loves beauty and this manifests a lot in every aspect of his life. He beautifies himself as well as his environment. The nature of man is to live in neat environment with natural things all around him. This is the basis for plant and flower decorations. As a result, the field of horticulture has been vibrant for ages.
There are many plants of horticultural purposes and uses. These are plants grown for domestic uses especially for decoration and beautification. It is worthy to note that there is some horticulture plant that looks not flashy and attractive; however, they could be planted for the scent they produce or other effects like keeping away insects and some harmful tiny animals.
Among the plants being planted for decoration and beautification purposes are Orchids. Orchids are terrestrial plants majorly found in the tropics, although they thrive well in other regions. Because of the high adaptation value of these plants, and their great attractiveness, they have been widely accepted all over the world and used as ornamental plants for beautification of homes and gardens.
Orchids are widely planted and hybridised because of the daily increase in demand for the ornamental plants. Various hybridised types of Orchid are now available and easy to plant. Besides, Orchids have two major types. They have been classified based on two criteria; mode of feeding and habitat.
There are epiphytic Orchids and the terrestrial Orchids. Majorly, the epiphytic Orchids are used for decoration of garden and homes. They also have many types with varying strength of attractiveness and beauty. The epiphytic Orchids have no stunt root; this has made them suitable for gardens and homes unlike the terrestrial types.
The flowers of the epiphytic Orchids exist in various form and colours. There are some epiphytic Orchids, whose flowers are pink colour, there are some with white and glossy flowers. Another striking feature about Orchid is their branches. Although not all types of Orchids have branches, those that do, have fine branches, which are attractive. Besides the two main groups of Orchids, there are other six classes all Orchids have been grouped; Cymbidium, Cattleya, Oncidium, Cypripedium, Dendobim and Vanda.
Finally, Orchids need good management, if good result is expected. Orchids need to be watered daily and pruned. When Orchids garden are properly maintained, it gives a smashing and wondrous outlook.
Missouri Botanical Garden conduts a Annual Orchid Show features 800 blooming orchids in lush, tropical landscape. The Missouri Botanical Garden maintains one of the world’s premier orchid collections. The Orchid Show is the only time of year when a vast, rotating selection of orchids from the Garden’s historic collection is available for public viewing. Many tourists local and international travelers come in large numbers. The visitors need to adhere to the discipline of the garden, take care of personal safety.