Singapore. What to get for the person that has everything? Naming rights to your very own orchid. Pretty cool. However you just might have to wait 7 years. The time it takes an orchid to grow from seed to blossom.
With over 30,000 varieties of orchid, it is hard not to love them. And I had no idea they are named after so many famous people. Nelson Mandela, Martha Stewart, Michele Obama ( and all of the other recent US First Ladies), Sir Elton John and many others.
There is even a orchid called the Vanda William Kate, named after the royal couple and presented to them in Sept, 2012 at The Singapore Gardens. While at the gardens, home to the world’s largest tropical orchid display, William and Kate viewed the orchid named for Williams mother, Princess Diana. She was supposed to fly to Singapore 2 weeks after she died for a ceremony honoring her new flower. Sadly, she never got to see it.
There are 2 established ways to get an orchid named after you, discover a new species or make a new hybrid, which is just what Chadwick & Son in Virginia does. For $1,500 you can get your own orchid with a plaque and 20 seedlings. I haven’t had a chance to see how long it takes to get on the naming list but……you just might see a Loti orchid turn up soon.