Agnes and Her Amazing Orchid: How Vanda Miss Joaquim Became Singapore’s National Flower

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In the 1800s, a girl named Agnes Joaquim was passionate about plants. She even learned to grow cool-weather European vegetables in the tropical heat of Singapore. As she grew up, she collected many prizes for her plants. One day, after many trials and difficulty, she created a brand-new orchid. She showed it to an orchid expert named Henry Ridley, who officially named the flower the Vanda Miss Joaquim. This is the story of how one woman’s ingenuity and determination created a flower that became world famous...and Singapore’s National Flower in 1981.