Orchid hybridization mixes and matches different orchid breeds to create new beautiful blossoms. I am very proud that Singapore Botanic Gardens is a pioneer and is one of the top centres for orchid research and hybridisation.
I personally think that naming and presenting a new orchid hybrid to important guests, dignitaries and celebrities is a great compliment and wonderful gift. Some of my favourites are:
Spathoglottis Jane Goodall
Named in 2004 after the leading primate expert and naturalist.
Dendrobium Bae Yong Jun
Named in 2004 after the Korean superstar.
Paravansa Nelson Mandela
Named in 1997 after the late statesman from South Africa.
Vanda William Catherine
Named in honour of Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge in 2012.
Vanda Miss Joaquim
Last but not least, our national flower, Vanda Miss Joaquim I couldn’t find an online image database of all the orchids named after VIP and celebrities. It would have been nice to see a historical timeline of all the people who had orchids named after them and the stories behind it.