I have always been rather taken with the delicate, graceful shape and composition of orchids. The petals appear to be arranged with great intention and with subtle bursts of color. Not surprisingly, they are often used as wedding flowers and seemed an ideal image for this new invitation.
During the winter in Chicago, it is a delight to escape into one of the city's conservatories to enjoy the orchid collections, tropical plants and warmth. The Lincoln Park Conservatory and the Garfield Park Conservatory, in Chicago, both offer extraordinary collections. In addition to a beautiful collection of plants, the Garfield Park Conservatory held a beautiful exhibit of Dale Chihuly glass in 2001 and 2002 called A Garden of Glass. A group of Chicago businessmen were so enthralled with A Garden of Glass that they raised several hundreds of thousands of dollars to acquire the Persian Lilies for permanent installation in the Aroid House.
What are your favorite conservatories and gardens?