Central Virginia Organic Gardener

"And 'tis my faith that every flower enjoys the air it breathes." - William Wordsworth, 1798

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wednesday Lagniappe: Orchid Abomination

I have posted on this topic before...
I love botanical gardens, and the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is no exception. However, I think these gardens should be dedicated to plants as they exist naturally, or as created through traditional methods of plant breeding (for example, no GMO's for me).  This includes the orchids pictured here in shades of purple, cyan, and green, made by an apparently patented method (called Colorfuze) in which the veins of the plant are injected with color to produce hues not found in these plants.  White moth orchids are used to fully show this artificially introduced color.
Isn't natural color grand enough as it is?  Weigh in, readers! (I think the cyan blue is especially horrible).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hijacking any plant's vascular system is an abomination. Ginter folks should re-think this practice. Uh.

...well, except for some limited messing with sugar maple trees who, no doubt, happily donate their sap each spring.