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Fijis Orchids and the Garden of the Sleeping Giant.

Updated: Mar 2, 2023

If you're planning a trip to Fiji, you're in for a treat. This tropical paradise in the Pacific Ocean boasts some of the most unique plant life in the world. If you're an orchid lover, you're in for a real treat.

Driving around the island, you'll see wild orchids growing by the side of the road, their vibrant colors and intricate shapes catching your eye. Sometimes, you'll even pass small fields of Arundina graminifolia, also known as bamboo orchids.

But to truly experience the beauty of Fiji's orchids, we decided to go off the beaten path and explore the forest with a guide. Our goal? To find a stunning waterfall and learn about the local fauna.

As we hiked deeper into the forest, our guide shared with us the plants that Fijians have used for centuries for medicinal and practical purposes. But as we walked, we couldn't help but point out the beautiful orchids we spotted growing along the way. Our guide was thrilled to learn about these incredible plants despite being surrounded by such beauty his entire life.

The highlight of our adventure was discovering a breathtaking waterfall surrounded by a variety of orchids, which were sometimes a little hard to find in the lush greenery of the forest. It was a moment we'll never forget, and at times only strengthened our appreciation for the incredible beauty of Fiji's orchids.

Leaving the waterfall, our love for orchids was still in full bloom, we decided to make our way to South Sea Orchids, the largest orchid nursery in Fiji.

As we arrived at the nursery, we were greeted by rows upon rows of stunning orchids in a rainbow of colors. It was a feast for the eyes, and we were in orchid heaven.

We had the opportunity to speak with the knowledgeable staff, who shared with us their passion for these incredible plants. They showed us some of their most prized specimens, including rare and exotic orchids that we had never seen before and were used to travel around the island to introduce school children to these wonderful plants.

We were amazed to learn about the intricate process of growing and caring for orchids here in Fiji, and we left the nursery with a newfound appreciation for the hard work and dedication that goes into cultivating these beautiful plants, especially after hearing a recent flood had devastated the nursery.

Not far from the nursey is the famous Garden of the Sleeping Giant Orchids.

The Garden of the Sleeping Giant is a serene haven located in the foothills of the Sabeto Mountain Range, about 15 minutes from Nadi, the third-largest city in Fiji. The garden is famous for its collection of orchids, which includes more than 2,000 varieties of the flower. One of the most impressive displays of wild orchids in the world, the Garden of the Sleeping Giant is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and those who appreciate the beauty of such a vast array of flowers. The Garden of the Sleeping Giant is named after the mountain range that towers over it. The garden is a former private estate of the late Raymond Burr, the actor famous for his roles in the Perry Mason television series and the Godzilla movies. Burr was an avid collector of orchids, and he established the garden in 1977 to house his extensive collection. Today, the garden is open to the public, and visitors can enjoy the lush greenery and the colorful orchids that bloom throughout the year. The garden covers an area of around 50 acres and is divided into several sections. The lower part of the garden is dedicated to exotic plants from around the world, while the upper part is home to the orchids. The collection of orchids at the Garden of the Sleeping Giant is truly remarkable, with over 2,000 different species of orchids, including many rare and endangered ones. The garden is particularly famous for its wild orchids, which are native to Fiji and the surrounding islands. These orchids are delicate and beautiful, and many of them have been used in traditional Fijian medicine for centuries. Visitors to the garden can take a leisurely stroll along the winding paths and admire the orchids in bloom. The best time to see the orchids is during the wet season, which runs from November to April. During this time, the garden is at its most colorful, and the orchids are in full bloom. However, the garden is worth a visit at any time of the year. In addition to the orchids, the Garden of the Sleeping Giant is home to a wide variety of other plants and trees. Visitors can see palms, bamboo, and giant ferns, as well as fruit trees such as mango, papaya, and guava. The garden is also home to a small lake, which is surrounded by water lilies and other aquatic plants. In conclusion, the Garden of the Sleeping Giant is a true natural wonder that showcases the beauty of Fiji's flora. The wild orchids, in particular, are a sight to behold and are a testament to the natural diversity of the region. A visit to the garden is a must for anyone visiting Fiji and looking for a tranquil and relaxing experience in the midst of nature.

As our Fiji trip was coming to an end, we couldn't resist one final adventure. We heard that the local fruit and vegetable market was a must-visit destination for flower enthusiasts like us, so we made our way there.

As we walked through the market, we were greeted by vendors selling fresh flower arrangements, their colorful petals and delicate fragrance drawing us in. And of course, there were orchids, lots and lots of orchids.

We were amazed by the variety of orchids on display, ranging from the common to the rare and exotic. We saw beautiful arrangements of Vanda cristata, Phaius tankervilleae, and Liparis nervosa, all showcasing the incredible beauty and diversity of Fiji's native orchids.

We spoke with the vendors and learned about their techniques for growing and caring for these beautiful flowers. They shared with us their pride in being able to offer such stunning orchids to visitors from around the world.

In the end, we couldn't resist purchasing a few of these beautiful flower arrangements to bring back to our hotel to brighten up our room bringing back memories of our unforgettable orchid journey.

As we left the market, we were so enamored

and grateful for the opportunity to explore the incredible beauty of Fiji's orchids, and to meet the passionate growers and vendors who keep this floral paradise alive. Our love for orchids had been truly ignited, and we couldn't wait to continue exploring the world's incredible flora.

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