Orchids are scientifically referred to as Orchidaceae are on the doted flowering plant families. They are a vast family of colorful flowery plants that are easily distinguished from the rest of the family because of their fragrances, their large size flowers and their bright colors. We are not exaggerating when we use the word vast to describe their family. Orchid family is the second largest flowering plant family with above 20000 different species! It also accounts for 6 to 11 percent of the total number of seed plants present in the whole world!
So when the talk is about such a huge group of plants that bear flowers of all the bright shades, then a garden whose sole reason for existence is the distribution, plantation and growth of orchids would seriously be of importance especially if we are talking about the tropical regions of the world. Orchids exist in every part of the world except the Greenland, North and South Pole. It has a greater number of genera in the tropical regions like the tropical Asia, tropical Africa and most prominently tropical America.
For the past 30 years, the garden mostly bred, nursed and grew the Cattleya Orchids. Cattleyas are the ones that you usually see in ornamentations and flower displays attached to orchids as they are the showiest as well as the most beautiful among flowers –not to forget that they are usually fragrant.
In case you are planning a trip to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park located just around Volcano, you could surely stop over at the Orchid Garden as it is on the highway leading to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Who wouldn’t want a midway stop at a 13000Ft large showroom that houses more than two hundred thousand different types of Orchids? Fragrances everywhere and the colors that mesmerize romance in you will be the tale of the day for you.
It is not just the orchid display that Akatsuka offers, they also give you floral arrangements for sale ad boast of their nonpareil quality, to top that up you got to order online and the garden will ship your Anthuriums, Tropical Cut Floral arrangements or Bromeliads to anywhere in the US mainland.
Once you are there, though you have plenty of other options than just to choose from pictures and order online. You can get guided tours through the 200000 plants that they have –the expert orchid growers who will be your guides can be a great source of knowledge when it comes to breeding, cultivation and upkeep of the plants.
The showroom though is free and houses thousands of plants for you to purchase, smell or view –this includes a $20000 orchid too! The gift shop is full of floral related products and other gifts made in the state. They havean impressive collection most of the time.
Regardless, if you are a flower lover you could never ignore orchids, and now that you know of Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, you will not be able to ignore itif you went to the Volcano one day.