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First Annual Orchid Show

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9 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday March 20

In the first seasonal show at the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory since the Gardens’ remodel, the Crystal Bridge will be filled with hundreds of orchids arranged in a  variety of creative displays by resident orchid expert and Conservatory Curator Nate Tschaenn.

 

The Orchid Show is included with regular paid admission to the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. Admission is $7 for adults; $4 for kids 4-12; and $6 for seniors 62+, active military and students. Children younger than four are admitted at no charge. Hours are Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

“Orchids are like the superstars of flowering plants, and we will be showcasing over 800 of them from tropical areas around the world. Visitors will learn about the many different types of orchids and why orchids are so unique,” said Tschaenn.

 

Walking tours will be offered with paid admission Wednesdays at 1 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Lectures by Tschaenn will also be offered as follows during the Orchid Show:

 

Noon, Thursday, February 27: Deceptive Orchids

Second Floor Conference Room, Crystal Bridge

Free to the public

When it comes to ensuring pollination, some orchids go to notorious lengths. Trickery and deceit are essential to this mysterious flower. This remarkable subject will entice and entertain!

 

6-7p.m., Tuesday, March 18: Orchid Care 101

Second Floor Conference Room, Crystal Bridge

FREE for members; $10 for nonmembers

Learn the ins and outs of how to care for orchids at home, and learn from a demonstration how to pot and divide orchids. You’ll gain information on watering and proper lighting, and learn answers to questions that will help demystify this fascinating flower.

 

2-3 p.m., Saturday, March 22: Orchid Delirium

Crystal Bridge Second Floor Conference Room

FREE for members; $10 for nonmembers

In the early 19th century, Europeans became enraptured by specimens of orchids collected by explorers in the new world.  Their fascination quickly turned into a highly-developed passion that led people to risk life and limb to acquire these precious commodities, a passion that persists to this day. Come and hear tales of how these orchid hunters fought animals, diseases, inhospitable environments, and even each other in pursuit of orchids.

 

11a.m. – 5p.m., Sunday, March 30: Orchid Sale

Crystal Bridge Lobby

Members: $15 each/ Cymbidiums; $5 each for other orchids.

Nonmembers: $20 each/ Cymbidiums; $10 each for other orchids.

The public may purchase gorgeous orchids from the orchid show at great process! Sale will be from 11a.m. to 5p.m., Sunday, March 30 only. First come, first served.

 

The Orchid Show is a project of the Myriad Gardens Foundation’s Conservatory Specialist, Nate Tschaenn, who is a graduate of the prestigious Longwood Program in Public Horticulture at the University of Delaware. As a graduate fellow he had the opportunity to visit and study at dozens of botanical gardens and arboretums in the United States and abroad. 




Where: Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory
Phone: 297-3995
Address: 301 W. Reno
Website: myriadgardens.com
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