Orchids 101 - Cheekwood
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Orchids in the Mansion

Have these cold winter months been keeping you down? We have created our own tropical paradise inside the Historic Mansion & Museum to beat the winter blues. This limited time engagement features a stylized interpretation of a classical orangery and occupies the historic loggia with tropical foliage and an array of colorful orchids. Orchids are also displayed throughout the historically redecorated mansion, and present a series of period room interventions to explore how the Cheek family likely brought nature indoors and decorated their home.

Turning the Loggia into a Tropical Paradise

Boston Ferns adorn seven green wall panels surrounding the Loggia. These panels are intermittently sprinkled with Militonipsis and Phalaenopsis orchids to make the perfect backdrop for an Instagram-worthy selfie. The Cheekwood Garden Team spent hours installing a runnel connected to the recently restored historic fountain. Running water flows through the Loggia surrounded by a mixture of bromeliads, anthurium, orchids, ferns, and aglaonemas to create a tranquil atmosphere that will transport you to your own tropical paradise.

How many plants were used in this exhibition?
• Around 1,865 plants total
• 6 panels of Boston Ferns
• 152 Cymbidiumd
• 150 Miltoniopsis
• 150 Phalaenopsis
• 120 Pink Anthurium
• 120 Silver Aglaonema


Orchids 101

Does caring for orchids of your own intimidate you? Have no fear! Phalaenopsis, commonly called moth orchid, are one of the easiest to grow, and will provide months of colorful enjoyment. They prefer low light settings, east windows, and typically only need watering once a week – preferably in the morning. Once the blooms are spent, cut the spike down to leaf level, and it will bloom again within a year. Dendrobiums on the other hand prefer lots of light but not direct sun. Paphiopedilum and Lady Slippers like to be watered a couple of times a week. There are plenty of resources available to guide you through orchid care. For more information, visit the American Orchid Society.

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