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Washington Gardener Magazine editor/publisher Kathy Jentz with the Smithsonian's Tom Mirenda, in front of orchids at "Orchids: A View From the East."
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Washington Gardener Magazine editor/publisher Kathy Jentz with the Smithsonian's Tom Mirenda, in front of orchids at "Orchids: A View From the East."

For the 18th year, the Smithsonian Gardens and the United States Botanic Garden are presenting their annual orchid exhibition, from Jan. 29 through April 24. Rebecca Sheir walks through the exhibit with two self-professed "orchid nerds": Washington Gardener Magazine's Kathy Jentz and the Smithsonian's Tom Mirenda. She learns about epiphytic orchids, which can hang in the air, so to speak, and still thrive.

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