It is a delight to see the Kew Gardens’ Orchid Festival again this year within the familiar surroundings of Princess of Wales Conservatory. This year the festival is based on the inspiration of the biodiversity of Cameroon. One of those African countries which is not very well known, let alone the unique plant species. It is surprising to learn that in Ebo Forest in Cameroon, 14 new plant species have been discovered recently, but sadly a recording is made of over 75 species endangered, amongst them some rare orchids.
In the conservatory one is surrounded by, apart from the stunning orchids of all sizes and colours, with huge sculptures of wildlife of Cameroon in a native landscape. These objects are decorated with beautiful orchids and grasses. Amongst them the giraffe, peering down from above, beautified with the colourful and mesmerising orchids is truly eye-catching. The colours of the orchids so varied, and the patterns so intricate, that it is impossible to avoid amazement and spiritual contemplation!
The flora and fauna of Cameroon provide an amazing variety of plants to delight the senses. Along with this the designers have created an exquisite horticultural display which also leaves a lasting impression.
The entire exhibition comes together with vibrant colours, exquisite beauty as well as the lovely scents of orchids. Decorating the sculptures with plants – in this case mainly orchids- seems to be a developing art form which appeals to all age groups.
Written by Betula Nelson, friend and generous supporter of Abundant Art
Inspired by the biodiversity of Cameroon
Horticultural displays and living plant sculptures throughout the Princess of Wales Conservatory
Curated photography exhibition from Bikoka Art Project
Showcase of RBG Kew’s collaborative scientific projects in Cameroon
£1 entry for recipients of Universal Credit, Pension Credit and Legacy Benefits
Supported by Cazenove Capital
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