|The cultivation of orchids started in England in 19th century. During world voyages by Europeans, many new exotic plants were discovered and brought back to home countries where they were displayed in the homes of the wealthy or nobility. Orchids were brought to Europe by companies or individuals who had financed collecting expeditions. Commissioned professional collectors would travel for months, all over the world in search of rare new species. These expensive expeditions were often shrouded in secrecy and it was not unusual for collectors to spread misleading information about the locations where new orchids were found.
||Cymbidiella Pardalina Orchid flowers with a Staghorn Fern
||Masdevallia Veitchiana Orchid Fowers
|Brassavola Glaucav Orchid
||Phalaenopsis Orchids Double Spike
||Phalaenopsis Orchid Single Spike
||The art of beaded flowers began around the 15th century, in the courts of the European aristocracy. Peasants would gather and save discarded beads and wire from dressmakers. They would then use the beads and wire to make flowers for beaded floral arrangements. These arrangements were then sold as altar sprays for churches, bridal bouquets, and burial wreaths for the wealthy. Bouquets of this era still exist in castles and homes today.
||Golden Chain Orchid