Indoor Garden Displays
Orchid Collection Display Case
The orchid family is currently believed to be the second largest family of flowering plants known to science, Asteraceae being the first. The number of orchid species is thought to be four times larger than the number of mammal species. As a result, orchids have a cosmopolitan distribution, with the greater majority found in the tropics, mostly Asia, South America and Central America, but they are also found above the Arctic Circle, in southern Patagonia and even on Macquarie Island, close to Antarctica.
This collection focuses on orchids from the New World, those species native to North and South America, with other species and cultivars used to supplement the floral display. The orchid collection itself is housed in a large greenhouse in a staff-only area of RBG Centre. Plants in bloom are exhibited in a display case in the public wing of the Centre. Most of the orchid collection is not in bloom at any one time, so a large orchid collection is required to keep the small display case filled year-round.
Orchids are extremely desirable plants and, as a result, are over collected in the wild by unscrupulous plant collectors. The plants are then often smuggled out of their wild habitats to private collectors around the world. Orchids smuggled into Ontario are seized by Canada Customs and are impounded, quarantined and housed within our collection until the plants can be used as evidence during prosecution at trial.
The Orchid Society of Royal Botanical Gardens is very active in the care and development of this collection.
Stedman Exploration Hall
Designed to give the visitor a capsulated understanding of Royal Botanical Gardens, the Stedman Exploration Hall orients you to the site, giving you a behind the scenes look at the staff and ongoing projects, and introduces you to amazing plants. Watch a video about accessioning plants, guess the number of species in our natural lands or learn how a plant can clean the air in your home.
New, interesting and unusual plants are rotated through this space, giving visitors an opportunity to experience the biodiversity of the plant kingdom.