Celebrating the Diversity and Beauty of Orchids on National Orchid Day

Come along this journey to hail these fascinating plants, which are renowned for their stunning colors, intricate shapes, and enchanting scents.

By: THURSD. | 10-04-2024 | 6 min read
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Every year on the 16th of April, orchid fanatics and enthusiasts come together to appreciate the beauty and diversity of one of nature's most divine creations: the orchid. National Orchid Day is a day dedicated to celebrating these fascinating flowering plants which are renowned for their fab colors, on-fleek shapes, and scents.

Let's go through the history of National Orchid Day, the importance of these flowers, and why people across the globe adore them so much. And, as a bonus, pick up some inspiration from world-class top designers along the way.

A Brief History of National Orchid Day

Orchids – belonging to the family Orchidaceae – are a widespread family of flowering plants, with colorful and fragrant blooms. National Orchid Day was created in 2015 by a South Carolina couple, Mike and Faith Young, in remembrance of their daughter who passed away the previous year.


National Orchid Day
Photo: @lavaliteuk


The couple fell in love with orchids while volunteering at an orchid reserve in Mexico, and they decided that if they ever had a daughter, they would name her 'Orchid'. They had a daughter, but she died while in labor. Following the loss of their daughter, the couple wanted to honor the day and celebrate her memory with their favorite flower. So they decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds needed to register for this special day. They offered pre-orders for their backyard honey, The Humble Bumbles Honey, and within hours of starting, had raised the required $1,500 and registered 'National Orchid Day'.

Since then, the day has become widely recognized by orchid growers, enthusiasts, and botanical gardens. With so many varieties to choose from, anyone can enjoy the beauty of orchids from home or by visiting botanical gardens around the world.


Different colored orchids
Photo: @loveorchidsuk


Mike and Faith plan to spend the rest of their lives caring for and raising awareness about orchids. They believe that by establishing a National Orchid Day to honor the beautiful lives lost, people all over the world will appreciate orchids even more, and their little girl will feel the warmth of those who remember orchids on that day.


National Orchid Day


Facts About Orchids, Their Conservation, Importance, and Cultural Significance

When it comes to flowers, you know that every single flower out there has its symbolism, cultural significance and uses whether it be for celebrations, arrangements, bouquets or to plant in your own garden, flowers have a deep purpose in our lives. In the case of orchids, these charming flowers hold significant importance in the world for several reasons:

A Diverse Family of Plants

There are over 25,000 species of orchids and more than 100,000 hybrids, making them one of the largest and most diverse families of flowering plants. This incredible diversity means that orchids can be found in a wide range of habitats, from tropical rainforests to arid deserts. Orchids also play a crucial role in their ecosystems, with many species relying on specific pollinators for reproduction, creating intricate and fascinating relationships within the natural world.


Hitomi Gilliam orchid
Photo by Hitomi Gilliam



Orchids pollinate using a variety of mechanisms, many of which are specialized. Their intricate floral designs and fragrances attract specific pollinators, such as insects, birds, and mammals. Orchids play an important role in many ecosystems' pollination networks, helping numerous plant species reproduce successfully.


Pink blooming orchids
Photo: @rhswisley


Conservation Efforts

Unfortunately, many orchid species are at risk due to habitat loss, climate change, and over-collection. National Orchid Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of conserving these unique plants and their habitats. By supporting conservation initiatives, as a community we can all help protect orchids for future generations to enjoy.

Cultural Significance

Orchids hold cultural significance in many parts of the world. In traditional Chinese medicine, orchids have been used for centuries for their supposed healing properties. They are also revered in many Asian cultures as symbols of love, beauty, and strength. In Western culture, orchids have long been associated with elegance and luxury.


Admiring orchids for National Orchid Day


Lots of Love for Orchids' Beauty, Fragrance, and the Joy of Growing

While some find the orchid challenging to grow, others find pleasure in its pleasant fragrance and uncommon beauty. With so many varieties to choose from, anyone can enjoy the beauty from home or by visiting botanical gardens around the world.

Growing orchids can be a rewarding and fulfilling hobby that allows people to connect with nature and feel the satisfaction of caring for a living thing. The process of cultivating orchids can be difficult at times, but the result of successfully blooming a beautiful, fragrant orchid is like no other. Orchid societies and clubs also foster a sense of community and affinity among fellow enthusiasts, which adds to the love for these extraordinary plants.


Perfect colorful orchids for spring and summer
Photo: @silvervaseorchids


Symbolism of the Mighty Orchid

Orchids carry meaning and symbolism. Their appearance makes them one of the most desirable plants to gift.

The orchid symbolizes love, luxury, beauty, and strength, making it the most sought-after ornamental plant. In ancient Greece, orchids were associated with virility. Greek women believed that feeding their unborn child large, new orchid tubers would result in a boy. If the mother consumed small orchid tubers, she would give birth to a girl.

The orchid symbolizes love, beauty, refinement, fertility, thoughtfulness, and maturity. Orchids have become a major global market. Buyers are now bidding hundreds of dollars for new or improved hybrids, making orchids one of the most popular cut flowers on the market.


Honoring National Orchid Day with orchids at home
Photo: @silvervaseorchids


How to Observe National Orchid Day

Now that you've gotten a background check about orchids and all their splendor, it's time to join in the celebration of National Orchid Day! Here are some ways in which you can participate:

Visit an Orchid Show or Garden

Many cities and botanical gardens host orchid shows or have dedicated orchid houses where you can admire a wide variety of species and hybrids. Attending such events is a great way to appreciate the beauty of these plants, learn more about them, and even purchase some to start or expand your own collection.


Sunshine rays in the Orchid Garden
Sunshine rays soaking an orchid garden


Get or Give an Orchid

Flowering plants can add a particular kind of joy and delight to homes and orchids are no exception. Those who want to share this feeling might want to consider getting one from a garden store and bringing it home. Or, even better, give an orchid as a gift to a beloved friend or family member in honor of National Orchid Day.


Doggy posing with orchids
Photo: @reaganrothedoodle


Support Orchid Conservation Efforts

Consider donating to organizations dedicated to orchid conservation, such as the Orchid Conservation Alliance or local botanical gardens. Your support will help protect these stunning plants and their habitats for future generations to enjoy.

Share Your Love for Orchids

Spread the word about National Orchid Day by sharing your passion for these enchanting plants with friends and family. Post photos of your favorite orchids on social media with the #nationalorchidday, gift an orchid to a loved one, or even host a National Orchid Day party to celebrate together.


Bright blue orchids
Photo: @silvervaseorchids


By participating in this special day, we can help raise awareness about the importance of conserving them and their habitats, while also fostering a greater appreciation for the natural world. So let's come together for the sake of orchids!



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