When it comes to Hollywood, we have all heard the term the new “It Girl,” or “It Guy.” That term is used in reference to whoever is blazing hot in Hollywood—the latest paparazzi commodity, the newest object of public affection, the coolest breakout star with that extra special something. When asked what the new “It Flower” was, Kim Vasil, A Legendary Event’s Floral Designer, instantly answered, “The Cymbidium Orchid.”
“I think that people are requesting this flower because it is exotic and elegant,” Vasil explained. “Personally, I’m kooky over this orchid—it’s hearty, sleek, and mixes well with more traditional flowers.” Vasil gently traced the shiny petals with her index finger, “This type of flower has more depth than most, it’s truly a multi-dimensional flower, perfect for a more contemporary look.” She showed me the Cymbidium’s color palate—ranging from pale sage to white with a variegated throat of Merlot. I am struck by the flower’s clean simplicity. Its light, sweet scent is another one of the Cymbidium’s attributes. The buoyant bouquet is reminiscent of a pristine meadow at daybreak—unlike some blossoms that bear an overly, sometimes pungent perfume-like scent. The Cymbidium is literally a breath of fresh air.
In conversations with others, another particular orchid that is named among those gaining popularity is the Vanda Orchid. The Vanda Orchid is a stand-out orchid because it is one of the few botanical orchids with blue flowers—actually a very purplish blue. The magnificent flowers can produce up to 3 or 4 spikes of variably colored petals per branch. The Vanda Orchid is an Epiphytic plant. Epiphytic plants are sometimes called “air plants” because they do not root in soil. Epiphytic Orchids are grown perched high in the trees clinging to branches or in the trunk apex. They derive their nutrients from the air, rain, and decaying vegetation. Though the Vanda Orchid retails for approximately $56 dollars, its allure is strong because of its velvety color and expressive structure.
With over 30,000 species and twice as many hybrids—the orchid family has many varieties to choose from. In Garden Center Magazine
Professional Horticulturist Steven A. Frowine writes, “Orchids are no longer a specialty plant…they have gone ‘mainstream’ in a big way! According to the USDA they are now second in potted flowering plant sales.” One reason for the orchid’s growing popularity may be its availability. Orchid breeders have made great progress in manipulating the flowering so that orchids are now available year-round. So, keep those cameras ready! With horticultural advances that make the orchid more accessible to consumers and the irresistible uniqueness of the flower itself—we expect to see the orchid continue to blossom in popularity.
Tony Conway, CMP, formed A Legendary Event in 1997, which has grown into a multi-million dollar full-service event enterprise, handling more than 1,500 events a year. Known for his Midas touch, Tony is admired by top CEOs, celebrities and politicians because of his attention to detail and penchant for providing fresh, trend-setting and uniquely presented fare, always with the client in mind. A Legendary Event is located in Atlanta and can be reached at (404) 869-8858. For more information, please visit www.alegendaryevent.com