At the National Orchid Gardens @ Botanic Gardens many celebrities, from all over the world, have specially bred orchids named after them.
These celebrities include politicians, world leaders, royalties, movie stars, music makers, etc. This practice started in 1956 and to date, there are about 200 names.
The 1950 song, I Overlooked An Orchid While Looking For A Rose was first recorded by Carl Smith but became a number one hit for Mickey Gilley in 1974. It has been covered by other singers.
Yes, an orchid, never an outrageous beauty like the rose but an everlasting, lovely, and strong presence in the living room or garden, and great for a country symbol.
The list goes on as the celebrities visit Singapore and the Botanic Gardens. They include:
Zhou Xun (image above),
*Xi Jinping/Peng Liyuan
Even our pop stars are honored:
Bae Yong Jun (image above),
A HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR TO YOU, MY FRIEND.
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Stephanie Sun, Singapore Pop Star who has made it big overseas, has an orchid named after her.