There are 600 different species of orchids (and hybrids) on display, everyone unique in shape, shade, size, smell, and succulence. And then there are those special orchids that have been created and named in honor of someone famous ...
|Masako Kotaishi Hidenka, named in honor of Princess Masako of Japan|
|Dendobium Margaret Thatcher, named after Baroness Margaret Thatcher, then Prime Minister of United Kingdom after her visit to the Garden in 1985|
|Dendrobium Alois, named after His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Alois von und zu Liechtenstein of the Principality of Liechtenstein after his visit to the Garden in 2010|
|Mokara Laura Bush, named after the then First Lady of the US after her visit to the Garden in 2003|
|Vanda Nambaryn Enkhbayar 'Tsolmon,' named in honor of Madam Onon Tsolmon, the wife of then Prime Minister of Mongolia, during their visit to the Garden in 2002|
|Dendrobium Michael Jeffrey, named in honor of His Excellency Major-General, then Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, on the occasion of his visit to the Garden in 2004|
|Spathoglottis Philippe 'Mathilde,' named after her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde of Belgium on the occasion of her visit to the Garden in 2008|
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