Spring is starting to fight its way through, but to get the full feel of it head to the Chicago Botanic Garden to see over 10,000 orchids at the Orchid Show.
The Orchid Show takes place in the warm Regenstein Center Greenhouses and Galleries of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Visitors are welcomed by colorful arches of orchids along with orchids wrapped around trees, columns, and suspended from structures. This is one outing where you do not want to leave your camera at home.
Exhibiting several dresses made of natural materials and orchids and a 15-foot wind chime made of orchids helps highlight this year’s theme Orchids in Vogue. Repeat visitors to the show will be excited to see the rarely displayed Phalaenopsis ‘V3’ orchid and the hybrid of Phragmipedium kovachii, considered the most important orchid discovery in the last century.
For those who are looking for a more educational experience don’t miss out on the many orchid classes. Learn how to grow orchids indoors, how to photograph them, how to capture them in watercolor, and how to find the right pot for your orchid.
In addition, you’ll likely end the show wanting to buy orchids or orchid-related merchandise, so make sure to pass by the Orchid Marketplace open every Saturday and Sunday while the show is taking place. If you want a particular orchid on display then the Post-Orchid Show Plant Sale let’s you buy some of the orchids on display during the show at a greatly reduced price on Thursday, March 30.
Being an elegant plant, orchids deserve to be appreciated at night as well. With Evening with Orchids, the Chicago Botanic Garden invites visitors for cocktail tastings among the orchids on Thursday, March 16 from 6 p.m.–8 p.m.
The Orchid Show runs until March 26 at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd. Glencoe, IL. The show is open everyday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tickets for nonmember adults are $12 and $10 for nonmember seniors and children between 3–12. For tickets and more information visit chicagobotanic.org/orchid.