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Chic Goes Wild: Orchids, part 1

16th April 2014

Chic Goes Wild - Orchids - Kit Lee

Chic Goes Wild - Orchids - Kit Lee

Chic Goes Wild - Orchids - Kit Lee

Chic Goes Wild - Orchids - Kit Lee

Chic Goes Wild - Orchids - Kit Lee

Chic Goes Wild - Orchids - Kit Lee

Chic Goes Wild - Orchids - Kit Lee

Chic Goes Wild - Orchids - Kit Lee

Chic Goes Wild - Orchids - Kit Lee

Chic Goes Wild - Orchids - Kit Lee

Chic Goes Wild - Orchids - Kit Lee

Chic Goes Wild - Orchids - Kit Lee

Chic Goes Wild - Orchids - Kit Lee

Chic Goes Wild - Orchids - Kit Lee

Chic Goes Wild - Orchids - Kit Lee

Orchids.  I’ve never been a fan of them, they are the typical ”I’m very well looked after by your mum” freckled-faced, pompous looking aliens, that sits proudly in the living room bay window at your parents’s house.  Orchids are known for being as high maintenance, attention greedy prima donnas, and picky little buggars.  Also, they’re perfect as Mother’s Day gifts, my mum has about 7 altogether and they’re mostly identical, 3 went to a new home, and accidentally killed one because I didn’t bother water the plant for several weeks, it died of drought.

It wasn’t until recently that I’ve changed my mind about orchids, when Bicester Village* teamed up with Kew Gardens to host a morning orchid master class as part of this spring’s Chic Goes Wild campaign, and to support global conservation projects and protect some of the world’s most endangered wild flower species.  The masterclass was held at The Tropical Nursery, Orchid Collection Manager, Christopher Ryan talked us through the wonderful world of Orchids and had a little wonder in the nursery which houses cacti and succulents, moist tropical, orchids, and temperate and island flora, my idea of paradise.  Did you know there are over 20,000 species of Orchids growing in the wild?  They mostly grow in the rainforests all over the world except Antarctica, no wonder they love the humidity and shaded environments, albeit high maintenance.  The Orchid family is the most diverse group of plants on earth with so many various unique characteristics –  shapes, sizes, scents, colours and patterns, along with the commercially-grown supermarket orchids, there are about 150,000 hybrids.  A big kowtow to the Orchid Family.

Stay tuned for part 2 of the Kew orchid festival.


*Kit Lee of Style Slicker was a guest of Chic Outlet Shopping – Bicester Village and Kew Gardens.


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16 Comments

  • Reply Van Anh 16th April 2014 at 02:20

    Taking forever to edit the photos was totally worth it! love the shots :)
    I’d really like to see an unedited photo once for comparison haha xx

  • Reply Lana 16th April 2014 at 03:43

    These pictures are absolutely gorgeous!

  • Reply Guxuan 16th April 2014 at 03:52

    好喜欢,好漂亮

  • Reply Auntie Ting 16th April 2014 at 03:53

    Orchid festival , 真是好美.明年还想去!

  • Reply Cool Milk 16th April 2014 at 04:42

    I love orchids.

  • Reply Vi 16th April 2014 at 04:43

    Beautiful photography, love this visual post very much.

  • Reply Francesca Him 16th April 2014 at 11:49

    My mum and nans loves them, they are OBSESSED with them, tending to their care everyday like children to them. At least those beings keeps them busy.

  • Reply Bee T 16th April 2014 at 17:06

    Love this post, Kit. Great nature photography!

  • Reply Emma Ennis 16th April 2014 at 17:09

    This post is worth coming back for, really love the photography and composition in the pictures, you have great eye on details. Congrats on the great post.

  • Reply Dec 16th April 2014 at 17:36

    Epic.

  • Reply Summer Lee 16th April 2014 at 23:42

    Kew Gardens 伦敦春心萌动的时候最该去的地方!

  • Reply Near River 17th April 2014 at 01:05

    These are lovely shots!

  • Reply Apple Choi 17th April 2014 at 19:10

    I suck at looking after plants, succulents are manageable.

  • Reply Bianca @itsallbee 21st April 2014 at 03:11

    Orchids are actually one of my favourite flowers .

    Spring Living | Picnic in the Queen’s Park

  • Reply Afua 21st April 2014 at 22:23

    love orchids, one of my favourite flowers
    http://noveltyeye.blogspot.co.uk
    xx

  • Reply Chic Goes Wild: Orchids, part 2 30th April 2014 at 19:09

    […] HERE to read part 1 on my visit inside the orchid nursery at Kew […]

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