In full bloom

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Suf­fer­ing from the win­ter blues? Then see the vi­brant hues at Kew Gar­dens‘ Or­chids Fes­ti­val (from 4 Feb; p. 24). Lisa Biondi, Kew’s hor­ti­cul­tur­ist, says: ‘I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing this fes­ti­val take shape as it will be a cel­e­bra­tion of the di­verse use of plants in In­dia.’ The Princess of Wales Con­ser­va­tory will be trans­formed into an In­dian mar­ket com­plete with rick­shaws, ele­phant, pea­cock and tiger fig­ures and a gi­ant In­dian flag made from or­chids. Moth or­chids will hang from the ceil­ing while a tra­di­tional In­dian mar­riage swing, dec­o­rated with saris, sways among van­das. Chil­dren will en­joy block paint­ing and colour­ing in man­dalas, elab­o­rate cir­cu­lar de­signs used in med­i­ta­tion.

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