Orchid Show

PHOTO: The Orchid Show

February 15 – March 16

Our first-ever presentation of the Orchid Show is a great opportunity to learn more about the fascinating family Orchidaceae. We’ve got a month-long slate of special orchid events and classes.

Of course you’ll be taking pictures! Need inspiration?

There are more than 600 orchid books and resources—including fantastic photos and illustrations—in our Lenhardt Library. For safety reasons, tripods will not be permitted in the exhibition. (Tripods are only allowed in the Orchid Show with private rental.)

After you take your beautiful orchid images enter the Orchid Show photo contest through March 16.

PHOTO: The Orchid Show

Private Photography Rental: Groups of up to 20 people can have exclusive access to the Orchid Show.
Fee: $300, parking is included
Maximum: 20 people
Contact: (847) 835-6801 
Availability: Saturday, February 15 – Sunday, March 16, for one hour (8:15 – 9:15 a.m.)
Click here for Photography walks and classes.
Click here to enter the Orchid Show Digital Photography Contest.

Orchid Marketplace
Every weekend during the show, find orchids for sale and repotting services along with the experience of the Illinois Orchid Society’s members.
Click here for our video blog about repotting orchids.

Post-Orchid Show Plant Sale
Due to popular demand, the final days of the post-Orchid Show plant sale have been canceled. Thank you for supporting the Garden's first-ever Orchid Show. 

Garden Shop

Orchids will be for sale at the Garden Shop every day during the show, as well as orchid-related mementos—books, jewelry, pots, and more.

Learn from the Experts
PHOTO: The Orchid Show

Ask the Illinois Orchid Society all your orchid questions; society orchid experts will be on hand every weekend during the Orchid Show. On March 8 and 9, the society will hold its spring show of judged orchid displays at the Garden.
Visit the Orchid Society website.

The Garden’s Plant Information Service desk has a new location! Stop in next to the Lenhardt Library to ask a master gardener your orchid questions.
Or send your question by e-mail here.

Whether your orchid knowledge is beginner, advanced, or all about vanilla, there’s an orchid class for you at the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Click here for class schedule.