Spring Orchid Show at New Orchid Pavilion, Chiang Kai-Shek’s Shilin Residence Park
Chiang Kai-Shek’s Shilin Residence Park
From Mar. 30th (Fri) through to Apr. 8th (Sun), 2012, 8AM-5PM, Taipei City Government’s Parks & Street Lights Office will present 30-odd varieties each of Lady’s Slipper and Cattleya at the New Orchid Pavilion in Chiang Kai-Shek’s Shilin Residence Park.
The Lady’s Slipper (Paphiopedilum) is known for its jointed side sepals besides the slipper-shaped pouches that gave the orchid its name. Although less colorful than other orchids, the Lady’s Slipper is peculiarly shaped, colored and spotted. Among the orchid show’s centerpieces are the Paph.delenatii (a vibrantly hued, plump and wide-petal subspecies of Paphiopedilum mostly found in Vietnam) and Paph.philippinense (a polyantha variety of Lady’s Slipper with large, striking flowers and swaths of fascinating brown on the upper sepals).
Cattleya, the Chinese name of which is directly translated from its genus, is one of the best known among Western orchids, and boasts sumptuousness, intense fragrance and huge blossoms. While Cattleya flowers year round, the varieties highlighted in this orchid show include: “Pot. Creation: Summer Choice” (red, sculpted, richly fragrant, mid-to-large flowers with a month-long blooming season), “Lc. Tokyo Magic” (yellow flowers with a red core prevalent during April to June), “Brassoepilaelia Golden Peacock” (beautiful appearance with slender orange-yellow petals) and the “Angel Kiss” (an easily grown hybrid of the Cattleya, with purple-flowers and subtle scent).
Under the late-spring sun, pansies, snapdragon, marguerite, wax begonia, delphinium and countless other flowers make the park a must-visit filled with mesmerizing fragrance.
Travel information: 1. From Shilin Station (Exit 2) of MRT Danshui Line: approx. 8 min. walk 2. Bus No.285, 606 or 220 – alight at Taipower Taipei North Branch stop