I look forward to orchid season in Ecuador, December through April, and to the opportunity to search for these strange and beautiful flowers in their native habitats. In the meantime, I’ll have to be content with the collection I found at the Jardín Botánico in Parque Carolina. Not really a hard thing to do! In two stunning rooms, I saw more varieties of orchids than I ever thought possible for one collection. In fact, I think the Smithsonian should seriously consider a visit to learn about some of the more unique varieties in the Quito collection.
If you would like to visit the gardens, they are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 4:45pm and on the weekends and holidays from 9:00am until 4:45pm. Entrance fees are $3.50 for adults, $2.00 for kids and students (bring that ID!), and $1.75 for Senior Citizens. For members, the gardens are open 365 days of the year, only $35 annually.
Unfortunately, I am no good at orchid identification so these pictures will be shared without captions. But if you happen to know a variety and would like to let me know, please feel free to leave a comment! And remember, if you prefer to see a slideshow, just click on any of the photos below… then you can also leave comments on individual pictures!