Tucked away behind Giraffe Manor is a small pocket of paradise which we call the Orchid House. This unassuming greenhouse is home to over 10 species of orchid and offers our guests a delightful space to relax and unwind.
In 2013, Giraffe Manor’s owners Tanya and Mikey Carr-Hartley decided that the vases of cut flowers adorning the manor needed to be more sustainable. The seeds were therefore sown for the creation of an orchid house and since then we have been growing and nurturing our own collection of these ancient and exquisite plants.
Even though our collection is still young, we have taken part in the Kenya Orchid Show and even won a couple of prizes. Considering that orchids have the tiniest seeds in the world (as small as a speck of dust) and are notoriously difficult to cultivate, this was quite an achievement.
Tanya’s love for orchids started as a young girl growing up in Kenya:
Tanya and Mikey’s first collection of orchids were developed for Ol Jogi ranch in Laikipia, twenty years ago. On an orchid adventure, they travelled to Singapore and purchased over 150 plants and spent the next three years building the collection. Most of these orchids were non-indigenous but proved to be a wonderful springboard for an ever-growing passion.
Plants are good for the soul and it is a must for guests staying at the manor to find a moment to visit our little Orchid House haven. Inside the Orchid House, you will find a small table with chairs, an easel, and over 150 orchids. Guests can relax and read a book, paint, sketch or even enjoy a candlelit romantic dinner, all whilst breathing in the invigorating aroma of the beautiful flowers.