The story of how a heritage industry flowered

Ms Linda Locke, the great grandniece of Agnes Joaquim, at the Botanic Gardens with her book titled Agnes And Her Amazing Orchid. Behind her are displays of the Vanda Miss Joaquim, originally cross-bred by the horticulturist in the 19th century.
Ms Linda Locke, the great grandniece of Agnes Joaquim, at the Botanic Gardens with her book titled Agnes And Her Amazing Orchid. Behind her are displays of the Vanda Miss Joaquim, originally cross-bred by the horticulturist in the 19th century.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID
Agnes Joaquim was officially credited in 2016 for her work in creating Singapore's national flower - the Vanda Miss Joaquim.
Agnes Joaquim was officially credited in 2016 for her work in creating Singapore's national flower - the Vanda Miss Joaquim.PHOTO: COURTESY OF LINDA LOCKE

The story behind a Singapore-born Armenian's role in the blossoming of the island's orchid industry and its world-famous orchid diplomacy is now chronicled in a children's book - Agnes And Her Amazing Orchid.

It details how decorated horticulturist Agnes Joaquim was officially credited in 2016 for cross-breeding the Vanda hookeriana and Vanda teres to create Singapore's national flower - the Vanda Miss Joaquim orchid hybrid.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 31, 2018, with the headline 'The story of how a heritage industry flowered'. Print Edition | Subscribe