I had what my boyfriend likes to call a "bing" moment... where he can see the light bulb turn on in my head. I thought I knew where vanilla came from, the vanilla bean. What I guess I had never though about was where that bean came from. I also knew there was a vanilla orchid, but it never occurred to me the two might be related.... so thanks to my favorite place here in Atlanta, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, I learned that vanilla comes from an Orchid...don't I feel silly now.
One of the advantages of being an "urban" gardener is the proximity to everything the city has to offer... in Atlanta that means the Botanical Gardens. They what I will miss most about this city. Once a year they have an "Orchid" exhibit. It is absolutely breathtaking. I do think last years was a bit more extravagant, but none the less still an amazing exhibit.
|Even the containers in the garden|
are beautiful to look at
|Entrance to the Botanical Gardens|
|Lovely fountain with the Atlanta Skyline |
in the background
|The Tulips are beginning to bloom|
|There were hundreds of orchids through|
out the entire conservatory
|Orchid in front of a fountain|
|View of the garden with the skyline|