In full bloom
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.