In 1997, a news article caught antonio bernardo’s attention. The botanical garden was seeking partners. And they found one. In 24 hours, antonio signed up, adopting the orchid house, bringing him closer to plants – an old passion.

Adopting the Orchid House was the largest outcome of the admiration that Antonio Bernardo has for orchids. But his dedication to these plants provided him with something else: patience. “I wouldn’t say I’m a patient person, but I have some patient aspects. I exercise them when dealing with orchids and creating jewels. I’m capable of creating a jewel that must be welded 800 times. This takes patience, calm and control, as do plants”, he explains.

The effort to recover the orchid collection began in 1997, when 1.327 plants were treated, numbered and identified. In the first year, only 74 plants from this collection bloomed and, through the last decade, around 2.000 plants have bloomed each year. Today, 4.768 plants are registered, being 1.469 of them native from our ecosystem. From the 1.025 names that constitute the Orchid House databank, there are 299 hybrids, 726 species, of which 543 are Brazilian species. The exhibit also has 589 photographs of plants, 731 blooms in alcohol and 410 herborized plants.

Further to caring for the live collection, a library was founded and contains important titles for studying the orchidaceous family and identifying its species. The archives encompass 178 scientific articles, describing orchid species, as well as books, indexes and publishings in CDs, all open to research by botanists or the public in general. The databank, containing all information on the collection, including cultivation, is also available for study.


Orchid House has two collections in alcohol from important breeders, one from Espirito Santo and another from Macaé de Cima – Rio de Janeiro State. Specialists who worked there, collected, primarily in Rio de Janeiro, the largest collection and the main survey was made at the Biological Reserve of Tinguá. During this period, the Orchid House collaborated with students’ thesis for masters and doctorate degrees, cultivating their gatherings, registering blooming and lending blooming species for botanical illustrations. Currently, the Orchid House cares for and submits plants for a project developed by the Botanical Garden dedicated to conserving orchids threatened with extinction.
Annually, in Spring and Fall, two beautiful orchid exhibits are held at the Botanical Garden Orchid House.


Vaso de orquídeas

Taking care of your orchids

Orchids like a lot of light, but not direct sunlight. Orchids should be watered abundantly, but should dry completely before they are watered again (do not put a plate with water under the pot). Foliar fertilizers may be sprayed or castor meal may be added to the substrate (please follow the manufacturer’s instructions).