Orchids as far as the eye can see.

For the green-thumb dumb, orchids, with their ornate blooms and stodgy soil, are just a wee bit intimidating.

But a trip to Richardson can have you flaunting the flowers in no time.

May we introduce Gunter?s Greenhouse, a 40-plus-year-old institution that recently merged with beloved Dallas florist Dr Delphinium and sells the most beautiful and robust selection of orchids we?ve ever seen.

Indeed, the 10,000-square-foot greenhouse/showplace offers more than 15,000 orchids, some of which have been growing since Gunter?s opened in the early 1970s.

From the Tiger Lily Orchid (starting at $100) to the voluminous Park Ridge (starting at $195), the plants aren?t cheap. But thanks to the company?s stellar service, you?ll leave feeling well equipped to handle the high-maintenance flowers. (Helpful hints: Water during the day so that your orchids dry out by nighttime, and never, ever get water on the petals.)

After a while, you?ll be proud of yourself for not killing the damn thing, but what happens when your orchid stops blooming? Just bring it back to Gunter?s and they?ll recycle it for you (if it?s still healthy). Plus, you?ll get a $10 credit toward the same-day purchase of a new plant.

Gunter?s Greenhouse by Dr Delphinium Designs, 513 W. Campbell Rd., Richardson; 972-234-6017 or www.gunterflorist.com

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