Surreal Blooms

The Atlanta Botanical Garden pays tribute to the exotic orchid in "Orchid Daze."

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Brassolaeliocattleya Hwa Yuan Rose ‘NN’

Brassolaeliocattleya Hwa Yuan Rose ‘NN’

Photo by: Image courtesy of the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photo by Chris Kozarich

Image courtesy of the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photo by Chris Kozarich

Bold colors abound in "Orchid Daze," such as the bright fuchsia blooms of this Brassolaeliocattleya Hwa Yuan Rose ‘NN’.

The Greta Garbo of the flower world, the orchid is an elegant, exotic, beguiling and exceedingly tempermental creature. All reasons to celebrate this showy bloom at a botanical garden known for harboring them.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden, which boasts a renowned collection of tropical and montane orchids including specimens from Madagascar, Ecuador, Australia, Central America, Mexico and Asia is highlighting orchids against a backdrop of Surrealism in its exhibition Orchid Daze: Surreal Beauty through April 14.

Surrealist artists Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte and Jean Arp with their canvases and films founded on the uncharted byways of the subconscious provide a natural backdrop for these flowers so outrageously formed they could be something out of a dream.

“Orchids are such intriguingly odd flowers, we want to celebrate their whimsical and playful personalities,” says the botanical garden's executive director Mary Pat Matheson.

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