The Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show: Escape Winter in a Tropical Paradise

The Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show: Escape Winter in a Tropical Paradise
Get out and enjoy the season.

orchid280Orchids to the Chicago Botanic Garden for finding the perfect antidote to Chicago’s polar vortex with their “Escape to Paradise” Orchid Show.

The month-long show (the first of its kind for the garden) opens this weekend. “Escape to Paradise” offers a welcome respite from the cold with its tropical setting featuring more than 10,000 orchids in floor-to-ceiling displays.

Orchids are everywhere from the Garden’s Greenhouses and Regenstein Center to The Garden’s Lenhardt Library where a special exhibition, “Exotic Orchids” features a collection of rare volumes depicting orchids.

The garden’s greenhouses recreate the natural habitat of orchids with cascading and climbing varieties growing on trees and rocks featuring brilliant and fragrant blooms. Make sure to check out the chocolate-scented Sharry Baby (Oncidiumand).

Visitors can bask in the tropical surroundings or they can get serious about orchids through educational programming, special events and information.

Orchid lovers will have an opportunity to purchase their own orchids at the Orchid Marketplace in Burnstein Hall weekends during the run of exhibition–now through March 16, 2014.

Orchids from the show will be available for purchase at the conclusion of the exhibition.  Members can purchase show orchids starting on orchid3Wednesday, March 19.  The general public will have their opportunity starting on Thursday, March 20 through Saturday, March 22 or while supplies last.

Highlights or the Orchid Show include:

  • Hawaii-themed weekends on February 15 – 16 and February 22 – 23 offer special activities, Hawaiian music and a chance to win a trip for two to the island of Kaua.
  • Tuesday morning music will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Tuesday from February 18 through March 11.
  • The Illinois Orchid Society’s Spring Show comes to the garden from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, and Sunday, March 9, in Nichols Hall.

Tickets for the Orchid Show can be purchased online or in person at the Visitor Center. Prices are $10 for adults, and $8 dollars for seniors over the age of 62 and children ages 3 to 12. Children under age 3 are free. Members receive $2 off each ticket. 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, just east of the Edens Expressway. 847 835 5440.

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