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Photo Report @Kew Gardens Orchid Show 2014

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The orchid that returned home

Each of the orchids I care and handle has its own story! Sometimes I feel blessed for choosing this profession. It might not be profitable yet, but I could write a book with all of those stories hiding behind each orchid acquired through the store. Usually in every story we meet a separation and the following development of the orchid at the hands of a friend. It appears it’s not only like that, it happened that one returned home!

Almost a year ago, late February ’13, an orchid Phrag. sargentianum x bessae was put carefully in its cylinder and left the hospitality area, to find its way at the collection of a customer. Approximately 2 in 5 friends of the store send some sort of update – usually a photo – shortly after their purchase. This particular orchid found its way to the hands of an artist. The form factor of the flower and its fiery red color was probably a source of inspiration. It was depicted on a daring red on red painting. A couple of months later I came across the painting on facebook and something whispered I knew the model. My suspicion was valid and the artwork titled Ifestio (translates to volcano) intrigued my interest. I contacted the artist (Areena) and the painting came to MyOrchid in a sense as an orchid returning home!

Photo of the orchid enjoying the sun, as sent by the artist, March 13

Photo of the orchid enjoying the sun, as sent by the artist, March 13

Along with the acquisition of the artwork I asked the transferal of the copyrights. I have thought that it would be interesting for more friends of the store to be able to acquire something of its magic. A few days ago, a Greek company took the challenge to develop and manufacture for MyOrchid, the production of hand-crafted hollow candles with the art as a decoration. The high quality craftsmanship and the magic of the light playing with the art… gave a unique end-result that could decorate every place, including those of orchid enthusiasts.

The orchid candle, it looks like a volcano of light.

The orchid candle, it looks like a volcano of light.

The original painting depicting the orchid. Oil on canvas 100x70cm. Title: Ifestio Artist: Areena

The original painting depicting the orchid. Oil on canvas 100x70cm. Title: Ifestio Artist: Areena