Of course orchids aren’t the only flowers growing in this tropical paradise — there are many other equally beautiful flowers as well as green plants, some of them giant behemoths that grow wild in the mountains.
While on a hike in the mountains through one of their many parks an amazing thing happened — what started as a fine mist progressively turned into a torrential downpour that made us run for shelter. Other than a good soaking, the experience of the warm rain was taken all in laughter and the experience of the moment. As on all of the islands, the rain is short lived and the re-emerging sun quickly dries you off.
Locally, other than a few personal privately owned greenhouses, one would have to seek out a botanical garden to see these rare gems. There are a few that may be found that aren’t too distant — the Fort Wayne Botanical Gardens and the Wellfield Botanical Gardens in Elkhart or drive a little farther to Grand Rapids, Mich., to the Meijer Gardens and the Tropical Conservatory. This five-story structure features tropical plants from five continents of the world as well as waterfalls and misty steam beds.