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Explore the World of Orchids

There is a special grace to the long, arching stem of the orchid. Each breath of air sends the graceful flowers fluttering and dancing in mid-air. Millions of people have been introduced to the beautiful and rewarding world of orchids. McDonald Garden Center has one of the largest collections of orchids in Hampton Roads. Below are some of the types you will find.

Moth Orchids also known as Phalaeonopsis are thick-leaved plants with elegant, arching sprays of blooms that can be seen in many design magazines and sitting on coffee tables across America. Color range includes whites, pinks, lavenders and yellows in both solid colors and mixes of stripes and spots. Phalaenopsis flowers offer both exotic form and superb longevity.

Pansy Orchid or Miltonia's are so named, due to their flat, open flowers resembling pansies in shape and markings. These charming, irresistible plants bloom profusely. Flowers vary in color from yellow, red, white, and pink showing a variety of different colored markings.

Mini Moth Orchid new on the scene, are the miniature versions that are being featured at Outdoor. The small two-inch pot will easily fit on your windowsill. And, the colorful little flowers will last for months. Try grouping several together on a mirror or platter to create a unique centerpiece for your dining room or coffee table.

Dancing Lady or Oncidium is named due to its flowers resembling the movement of dancing ladies. Sherry Baby is spectacular in its festive splashes of maroon and white. It shares a wonderful chocolate scent floating up from dozens of tiny blossoms. The flowers appear to be soft and delicate, but the petals have a firm, almost leathery feel.

Cymbidiums are one of the most popular and desirable orchids in the world because of the beautiful flowers. These orchids make great houseplants, and are also popular in floral arrangements and corsages

Dendrobiums possess a long bamboo-like stem loaded with flowers. This type of orchids loves the heat and will grow quickly throughout the summer.