Rare Blooms: Celebrating Flora's Most Surreal Specimens in "Orchid Daze"

Taking their cue from the Surrealist artists, the Atlanta Botanical Garden highlights the exotic orchid.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Surrealist Orchid Show

The Atlanta Botanical Garden tips it hat to the Surrealists in the theme of its 2013 orchid exhibition, indicated in a quotation by Salvador Dali at the entrance to the show.

The Work of Surrealist Artist Rene Magritte Inspires an Orchid Exhibition

Artist Rene Margritte’s Surrealist imagery greets visitor to the Orchid Center, site of the Atlanta Botanical Garden's  2013 exhibit "Orchid Daze."

Dendrobium Spring Dream ‘Kumko’ Orchid

Dozens of orchids, such as these Dendrobium Spring Dream ‘Kumko’, grow upside down in a Surrealist world.

A Meadow of Flowers

Suspended umbrellas “rain” orchids over the Atlanta Botanical Garden's Orchid Center’s meadow of pink Cymbidium and blue Pericallis Senetti Series ‘Blue Bicolor’.

If the Slipper Fits

The Asian Slipper Orchid, Paphiopedilum, finds a good fit in the shoe tree at "Orchid Daze."

Ruby Slipper

Slipper orchids planted in high heels suspended from a “shoe tree” offer up one of many surreal moments in "Orchid Daze."

Brassolaeliocattleya Hwa Yuan Rose ‘NN’

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

Potinara Burana Beauty Orchid

Unusual varieties of orchids are featured in the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s annual orchid exhibition, "Orchid Daze: Surreal Beauty," such as this Potinara Burana Beauty.  

Cymbidium Skies

A meadow of Cymbidium paints a spring-like feel against a mural of blue sky in the Atlanta Botanical Garden's Orchid Center Atrium.