GLENCOE, Ill. (July 23, 2013) – For the first time, the Orchid Show will provide an infusion of warmth and color to guests visiting the Chicago Botanic Garden this winter. The event will run daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 15, through Sunday, March 16, 2014, inside the Regenstein Center. A special opening night event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2014.
Visitors will enter the exhibition through an orchid-and-palm allée in Nichols Hall, then view a large orchid tree surrounded by other orchid displays in the Joutras Gallery. The Greenhouses will be filled with orchids on trees, in the ground, and suspended on hanging structures. The effect will give visitors the feeling of being surrounded by colorful, fragrant blooms. Guests can also wind their way through orchid columns in the Greenhouse Galleries as they read about orchid conservation efforts. The Lenhardt Library will display volumes from its rare book collection in an exhibition called Exotic Orchids: Orchestrated in Prints from Saturday, February 15, to Sunday, May 11, 2014.
This showcase of unusual and stunning orchids will give visitors the opportunity to learn about one of the largest, most diverse and revered flowering plant families. Other special attractions and activities include a Garden Shop kiosk offering orchid items for purchase, orchid vendors on the weekends during the exhibition, a free story time in the Lenhardt Library from 10 to 11 a.m. on Mondays, and family weekend classes that include making ice cream with the vanilla orchid seed and making a tropical terrarium. A fee applies and registration is required for the family weekend classes. The Illinois Orchid Society, which will hold a show of judged orchid displays at the Garden on March 8 and 9, is assisting the Garden during the Orchid Show with experts on hand to answer questions, providing re-potting services and offering an Orchid Marketplace every weekend.
Advance timed tickets are available beginning in October 2013 online or in person at the Visitor Center. Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for children ages 3 to 12, and senior citizens ages 62 and older. Children ages 2 and under are free with an adult. Garden members receive $2 off each ticket. Regular parking fees apply.