31.05.2018. The capital of orchids. Botanical Garden of Nizhny Novgorod State University hosted the XI International Conference "Protection and cultivation of orchids". More than 60 specialists from all of our vast country from Vladivostok to St. Petersburg came to Nizhny Novgorod, not by accident! It is in the Botanical Garden of the Nizhny Novgorod State University thanks to the efforts of the staff, but, first of all, its director Shirokov Alexander has collected a fantastic !!! collection of orchids.
And if from the point of view of filling the collection with tropical and subtropical species Russian botanical gardens can still compete with the collection of the Nizhny Novgorod botanical garden, then the collection of orchids of temperate climate is beyond competition not only among Russian botanical gardens, but, perhaps, among foreign ones! This is truly not just a large-scale experiment and highly professional scientific work, this is love - a true love for orchids!
Getting acquainted with high-tech laboratories and their work, living collections and the principles of their acquisition and care in the Botanical Garden of the Nizhny Novgorod State University have become an excellent internship for the specialists who came to the Conference.
A special gift was the organization of the Conference itself, which was held at the biostation of the Nizhny Novgorod State University among the forests and lakes of this magical land. In addition to presentations, posters, speeches, as at most conferences, there were guided tours to the natural communities and, of course, lively and warm, though sometimes very emotional discussions and scientific debates :))!
For our Garden, participation in this Conference is of particular interest, since we also consider research on the cultivation and conservation of orchid temperate climate as one of the priority areas of our work. In the Garden is collected a beautiful collection of orchid temperate climate, in which there are already more than 25 species, among which there are even such that are absent from such masters as the Botanical Garden of Nizhny Novgorod State University.
We are sincerely grateful to the Botanical Garden of the Nizhny Novgorod State University and personally its director Alexander Shirokov for the amazing reception and level of organization and hospitality. We are inspired, truly inspired! Thanks and hopefully, to the soonest new meetings and joint projects!