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Thousands of orchids mark anniversaries at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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Image caption More than 2,500 orchids are being displayed at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to celebrate three anniversaries at the site

More than 2,500 orchids are being displayed at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to celebrate three anniversaries at the site.

The garden is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the "new" herbarium building, which holds an archive of three million preserved specimens.

It the 150th anniversary of the first specimen to arrive from Taiwan.

It is also the 50th anniversary of Taiwan's designation of the plum blossom as its national flower.

Sponsored by the Taipei Representative Office in the UK, Edinburgh Office, the month-long display celebrates also highlights the garden's strong research and conservation links with Taiwan.

Preserved specimens

Dr Mark Hughes, Tropical botanist who brought the display to Edinburgh, said: "This exhibition arrives at a particularly special time.

"Not only are we celebrating the 50th anniversary of our 'new' herbarium building - which holds our precious archive of three million preserved specimens - two other anniversaries collide: the 150th of the first specimen to reach us from Taiwan and the 50th anniversary of Taiwan's designation of the plum blossom as its national flower.

"This orchid fair is not only a celebration of all these events, it is a significant public demonstration of an important partnership researching plant systematics in Southeast Asia".

Running until 20 July the display of floricultural excellence is free to the public and will include additional family events at weekends throughout the four weeks.

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