Five Things You Didn’t Know About Orchid Naming In Singapore


An orchid was named after designer Michael Kors in Singapore on November 14. The unique dendrobium orchid genus was named after Kors by Kirk Wagar, the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore, to celebrate the designer’s newly opened Mandarin Gallery flagship store.

As the American designer joins Jane Goodall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Elton John, and Andrea Bocelli in the country’s current list of honorees, amongst others, you might be wondering: How does one get an orchid named after them?

It Started With Lady Anne Black

Back in 1956, a flower was named after the wife of a former governor of Singapore, Lady Anne Black, which started this tradition of naming orchids after VIPs.

Can Anyone Be Named After an Orchid?

You don’t have to be Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana or Premier Zhu Rongji to have one named after you. The orchid naming service can be another way of marking a birthday, anniversary, wedding, or anything else. From at least US$3,000, you can choose from a selection of new orchid hybrids.

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VIP Orchid Garden

The specially named orchids can be found in Botanic Garden’s VIP Orchid Garden, which has currently named more than 200 VIP orchids including Dendrobium Margaret Thatcher, Papilionanda William Catherine, Renantanda Akihito, Aranda Zhu Rong and Dendrobium Joe and Jill Biden.

Vanda 'Miss Joaquim'

Vanda 'Miss Joaquim' is the world's first cultivated orchid hybrid, named after Agnes Joaquim, who bred the flower. The flower went on to represent Singapore’s cultural melting pot, and its uniqueness. Princess Aloha Orchid and the Singapore Orchid are one of the many monikers Singapore’s national flower goes by, which has botanically been transferred to the genus Paxilionanthe.

There is an Orchid Society of South East Asia

Previously known as the Malayan Orchid Society, the society was founded in Singapore in 1928 by John Laycock. It now exists as a non-profit organization dedicated to the support, science and practice of orchid culture, as well as in the conservation of the species.

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