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Frances C. Searle Courtyard and Fountain.

New Book Arrivals - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 12:00pm
Frances C. Searle Courtyard and Fountain.
Call Number: Postcard 25

Behind the Scenes at Asia in Bloom: The Orchid Show

Garden Blog - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:17am

The hand-carved Buddha is in the house. A circa-1850 glazed Chinese jar is filled with green Cymbidium orchids native to Asia. And we’re pampering 10,000 other orchids so they’ll be in full flower for Asia in Bloom: The Orchid Show.

Lighting crews, horticulturists, and dozens of other staff members are putting the finishing touches on Asia in Bloom: The Orchid Show, the Chicago Botanic Garden’s biggest flower exhibition of the year. The Show features sweeps of orchids native to Asia, blooming with color and scent. In our heated greenhouses and galleries, the exhibition runs February 10 to March 25 and kicks off with a Members’ Preview night on Friday, February 9.

A circa-1900s hand-carved Buddha is unwrapped for display by Gabe Hutchison

A circa-1900s hand-carved Buddha, on loan from Pagoda Red, is being prepared for display. In parts of Asia, such as Myanmar, orchids are used as offerings to Buddha.

This year’s Orchid Show is infused with a deep sense of history and culture, thanks to our friends at Pagoda Red galleries in Winnetka and Chicago. Pagoda Red loaned us many lovely items—including the circa-1900 Buddha and vintage glazed jar from Shanxi province, China—that helped us bring the theme Asia in Bloom to life.

You’ll see Pagoda Red’s pieces throughout the Show, as grace notes to the stories and legends we’re telling about orchids in Asia. The narrative includes fairies, native headhunters, and the secret ingredient (we cannot vouch for this, sorry) in love potions.  

From dream to reality

Here’s a peek at how we make our design ideas happen:  

This idea for an entryway was inspired by a modern Japanese tea house. It started with a sketch by Gabriel Hutchison, the Garden’s exhibitions and programs production manager.

Gabriel Hutchison's Japanese tea house sketch illustrates his concept for the show.

Gabriel Hutchison’s Japanese tea house sketch illustrates his concept for the show.

Carpentry supervisor Andy Swets built a frame for the tea house and constructed the finished walls.

Frame for the 2018 Orchid Show "tea house" entryway

A recessed panel in the frame will house a “window” featuring orchids.

A fabricated "window" backed by shoji screens for the Orchid Show 2018

The finished window, backed with shoji screens

Horticulturist Brian Barker sketched this idea for a Japanese-inspired dry garden surrounded by rolled bamboo walls:

Sketch of the Joutras Gallery bamboo walls and dry garden concept

It took three crew members two days to get the rolled bamboo walls just right.

The finished bamboo wall in the Joutras Gallery as part of the Orchid Show 2018.

The finished walls support moss baskets filled with orchids native to Asia in the Joutras Gallery.

Brian and senior horticulturist Salina Wunderle also thought it would be cool (pun intended) to shade orchids in the Semitropical Greenhouse with handmade parasols from Myanmar:

Handmade parasols from Myanmar hang in the greenhouse.

Handmade parasols filter light from the greenhouse roof above the “checkerboard.”

Meanwhile, our horticulturists are keeping a close eye on the 10,000 orchids, each of which has its own water, humidity, temperature, and light requirements.

Other new features

New this year is a display of the graceful Japanese flower arrangements known as ikebana, with orchids as the focus. Also new is Orchids After Hours on Thursdays, from 4 to 8 p.m., with Asian beer, sake, sushi, poke bowls, and other light fare for purchase.

Rhynchostylis orchid

This Rhynchostylis orchid, native to the humid forests of India and Southeast Asia, was kept in our new orchid house at 60 degrees Fahrenheit so it wouldn’t bloom too early.

Remember that the look of the Orchid Show changes throughout, as new orchids come into bloom and the ikebana displays change. And the Semitropical Greenhouse? You’ll get a different view each time, depending on the angle of the winter sun as it shines through the patterned parasols on to the orchids.  

Pro tip: Save time and buy tickets and parking in advance; members park for free. Share your photos: #CBGOrchidShow

©2018 Chicago Botanic Garden and my.chicagobotanic.org

New England's rare, threatened, and endangered plants / by Garrett E. Crow in collaboration with the New England Botanical Club Endangered Species Committee ; illustrated by Tess Feltes ; prepared for the United States Department of the Interior, Fish...

New Book Arrivals - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:00am
New England's rare, threatened, and endangered plants / by Garrett E. Crow in collaboration with the New England Botanical Club Endangered Species Committee ; illustrated by Tess Feltes ; prepared for the United States Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Northeast Region in cooperation with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station, University of New Hampshire.
Author: Crow, Garrett E., author.
Call Number: QK86.U6C76 1982

The orchids : scientific studies / Edited by Carl L. Withner.

New Book Arrivals - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:00am
The orchids : scientific studies / Edited by Carl L. Withner.
Author: Withner, Carl L. (Carl Leslie)
Call Number: QK495.O64W53 1974

Orchids of Papua New Guinea : an introduction / Andreé Millar ; photos. by Roy and Margaret Mackay.

New Book Arrivals - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:00am
Orchids of Papua New Guinea : an introduction / Andreé Millar ; photos. by Roy and Margaret Mackay.
Author: Millar, Andreé.
Call Number: QK495.O64M53 1978

Carolina low country impressions / text by Alexander Sprunt, Jr. ; drawings by John Henry Dick.

New Book Arrivals - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:00am
Carolina low country impressions / text by Alexander Sprunt, Jr. ; drawings by John Henry Dick.
Author: Sprunt, Alexander, 1898-1973.
Call Number: QH105.S6S67 1964

Choosing the right plants for SE Georgia and NE Florida / Nell M. Smith.

New Book Arrivals - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:00am
Choosing the right plants for SE Georgia and NE Florida / Nell M. Smith.
Author: Smith, Nell, author.
Call Number: SB408.S65 1986

The healthy house plant : a guide to the prevention, detection, and cure of pests and diseases / Jean F. Blashfield ; drawings by Suzanne Clee ; photos. by Marin Varbanov.

New Book Arrivals - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:00am
The healthy house plant : a guide to the prevention, detection, and cure of pests and diseases / Jean F. Blashfield ; drawings by Suzanne Clee ; photos. by Marin Varbanov.
Author: Blashfield, Jean F., author.
Call Number: SB608.H84B53 1980

A parasol of leaves.

New Book Arrivals - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:00am
A parasol of leaves.
Author: Laird, Antonia B. (Antonia Bissell)
Call Number: PS3562.A35P3 1973

Field guide to Alaskan wildflowers / Verna E. Pratt.

New Book Arrivals - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:00am
Field guide to Alaskan wildflowers / Verna E. Pratt.
Author: Pratt, Verna E.
Call Number: QK146.P73 1989

Flowers / [illustrated] by Janet Harvey Kelman ; described by C.E. Smith.

New Book Arrivals - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:00am
Flowers / [illustrated] by Janet Harvey Kelman ; described by C.E. Smith.
Author: Kelman, Janet Harvey.
Call Number: SB407.K45

A countrywoman's year / by Rosemary Verey ; foreword by H.R.H. the Prince of Wales.

New Book Arrivals - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:00am
A countrywoman's year / by Rosemary Verey ; foreword by H.R.H. the Prince of Wales.
Author: Verey, Rosemary.
Call Number: SB455.V57 1991

Garden pests and diseases of flowers and shrubs / [by] Mogens Dahl and Thyge B. Thygesen. English editor: A.M. Toms. Illustrations by Verner Hancke.

New Book Arrivals - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:00am
Garden pests and diseases of flowers and shrubs / [by] Mogens Dahl and Thyge B. Thygesen. English editor: A.M. Toms. Illustrations by Verner Hancke.
Author: Dahl, Mogens H.
Call Number: SB603.5.D345 1974

The travels of William Bartram / edited with commentary and an annotated index by Francis Harper.

New Book Arrivals - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:00am
The travels of William Bartram / edited with commentary and an annotated index by Francis Harper.
Author: Bartram, William, 1739-1823.
Call Number: QK31.B3T7 1958

The Mid-South garden guide / compiled and edited by the Memphis Garden Club.

New Book Arrivals - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:00am
The Mid-South garden guide / compiled and edited by the Memphis Garden Club.
Call Number: SB453.2.S66M53 1984

Environment / Peter H. Raven, Linda R. Berg.

New Book Arrivals - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:00am
Environment / Peter H. Raven, Linda R. Berg.
Author: Raven, Peter H.
Call Number: GE70.R38 2004

Gardens of England, Scotland and Wales : a guide and gazetteer / Hazel Evans.

New Book Arrivals - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:00am
Gardens of England, Scotland and Wales : a guide and gazetteer / Hazel Evans.
Author: Evans, Hazel.
Call Number: SB466.G7E83 1991

Seed science and technology.

New Book Arrivals - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 8:25am
Seed science and technology.

Ornithology 101: Bird Evolution

Birding Events at the Forest Preserves - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 1:00pm

Are birds flying dinosaurs? Learn and discuss theories about how birds evolved. Adults & interested teens. Registration required.

The post Ornithology 101: Bird Evolution appeared first on Forest Preserves of Cook County.

Winter Bird Feeder Watch

Birding Events at the Forest Preserves - Sat, 02/03/2018 - 10:00am

What birds are visiting our feeders this winter? We’ll spend a restful morning helping you identify our resident birds and winter migrants while sharing ways to attract them to your own yard.

All programs are weather dependent but if there is snow, Sagawau Nordic is open and this program will be put on hold for another time. Call 630-257-2045 or check our Facebook page to check program status.

The post Winter Bird Feeder Watch appeared first on Forest Preserves of Cook County.

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