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On the trail of the orchids

KOCHI: Who thought the orchids grown on the Western Ghats would be a subject of curiosity and much study? Intrigued by the significance of these flowering plants in the region, ecologist Jis Sebastian has taken it upon herself to study the flowering plants ... read more

Orchid census looks to preserve plants at Johns Creek’s Autrey Mill

So far, Maltby has cataloged 679 Pink Lady Slipper orchids on the property. “Off trail, you’ll find these amazing clusters of them. We have a pretty strong population,” he said. “Hopefully, our goal is to manage it in such a way that it is ... read more

10 of the UK's best seaside towns

The National Trust’s next Orchid Walk on Portstewart beach is on 18 June ... From the bridge you can bike the 16-mile loop of the spectacular Mawddach Trail between Barmouth and to Dolgellau. The arts centre and coffee shop in the Ebeneezer Chapel ... read more

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Calypso orchid well worth a hike in the Columbia River Gorge

Look for splashes of pink in sheltered areas on the forest floor -- at times the orchids look like small pink pearls on an ocean of drab browns and greens. The Wygant Trail in the gorge is an ideal place to begin the hunt, starting the second to third week ... read more

12 of the most beautiful flower displays in the world – from Dutch tulips to Sakura season in Japan

including kangaroo paw (above), native orchids and Sturt’s desert pea. Follow a self-drive itinerary, using wildflowerswa.net to identify the flowers as you pass or strike out on a trail: the tourist office has an exhaustive list of routes. The floral ... read more

Beyond the resort on Marco Island: Exploring nature and Old Florida

The canoe and kayak trail on the Blackwater River is easy to explore ... The boardwalk is part of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, the orchid and bromeliad capital of the continent with 44 native orchids and 14 native bromeliad species. read more

12 stunning places in the Chilterns you simply have to visit

The landscape is evidence of farming from many centuries back. Home to rare orchids and rare butterflies, Ivinghoe Beacon is at the end of the Ridgeway National Trail which starts in Wiltshire. You can read more at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ashridge-estate ... read more

For Love of Nature: Warblers and wildflowers on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Along the edge of the trail up on the ridge from Bearwallow Gap, we started our pink lady slipper’s count. This beautiful wild orchid has a large pink pouch and is about 6 inches high. We only spotted 32 of these lovely flowers, down from last year. read more

The Owl Thieves of Sweden

As Sweden’s supply of banknotes continues to dwindle, criminals have shown new enthusiasm for the endangered-species black market, previously cornered by reptile wranglers and orchid thieves ... fellow Republicans on the trail with his forceful and ... read more

15 of the best easy rural escapes from UK cities

The soil is chalky and so the calcareous favourites are here, such as marjoram, eyebright, milkwort, wild thyme, common rock-rose, yellow-wort and various orchids. There is more ... one a Woodland Trail and one a Grassland Trail, so it happens less often ... read more


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