Rare Southwest Florida orchid on display at this year's Chelsea Flower Show in England

Through a long-term partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS), Michael Kane, a University of Florida professor emeritus of environmental horticulture, has tried to preserve the Ghost Orchid population in Southwest Florida.

Kane’s reputation as a world-renown Ghost Orchid conservationist precedes him, which is why he was asked to show the plant and other Southwest Florida orchids at the invitation-only Chelsea Flower Show, May 22-27 in England.

Well over 150,000 people are expected to attend the show, so Kane and his colleagues are ready to answer questions such as what makes the Ghost Orchid unique and what are the causes for its population decline.

Read more about the Ghost Orchid and Kane's work here.

Brad Buck May 16, 2023