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Longwood’s Orchid Extravaganza brightens cold winter days

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STORY WRITTEN BY KEVIN BEAM 
features@dailylocal.com

“A visit to our warm, colorful, and fragrant Conservatory is a welcome escape from the cold, dreary winter, and our guests appreciate that” said Jim Sutton, the display designer of Longwood Gardens Orchid Extravaganza.
Although it doesn’t seem to be getting any warmer, there is still hope for temporarily getting away from the cold weather. Longwood Gardens is holding its Orchid Extravaganza every day until March 29, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. in the warm and sunny four-acre conservatory.
Orchid Extravaganza also includes fun for the entire family with concerts, talks, tours and OrKid Days on select weekends.
Longwood Gardens has more than 5,000 blooming orchids on display that come in all different colors, shapes and sizes.
“Orchids are popular because they are one of the largest plant families in the world and are known for their diversity, beauty, and variety” said Sutton.
“In the East Conservatory, white phalaenopsis artfully arranged adorn the oval basin, welcoming guests to the Conservatory,” according to a release, “In the Main Conservatory, phalaenopsis and golden philodendron fashioned into three gigantic hanging orbs usher you into an orchid oasis.”
In addition, Longwood Gardens is excited to announce that its famed blue poppy is returning in early March, and they will be on display in the Conservatory’s Exhibition Hall.
The OrKid Days are geared toward Longwood’s younger garden guests. The remaining OrKid Day takes place on Saturday, March 14 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Children spend the day experiencing Longwood from their perspective with discovery stations, a rainforest activity, interactive storytelling with puppets,and a family seek-and-find.
Older guests might be interested in a musical performance after walking through the orchid filled conservatory. Longwood Gardens will be holding concerts featuring The Anat Cohen Quartet and The Fred Hersch Trio.
Visit www.longwoodgardens.org with any questions regarding the dates, times, or information of specific events being held for the Orchid Extravaganza.

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