Visitors can get an early taste of spring each year at the Orchid Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden
. The Orchid Show is one the signature events at the Garden and attracts people from across the area who want to enjoy a little floral beauty in the cold of winter.
Dates and Admission:
The Orchid Show is held each year in February and March. In 2013, the Orchid Show is February 2 through March 31. The show is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is an extra admission fee along with regular Garden admission. The cost to attend the Orchid Show is $5 a person. Children two and younger get in free. That's in addition to regular Garden admission which is $8 for adults, $4 for residents of St. Louis City and County, and free for children 12 and younger.
What You'll See:
The show is held in the Garden's 5,000 square-foot Orthwein Floral Display Hall. The building is filled with hundreds of orchids and other tropical plants. It's the only time of the year the Garden displays such a large number of orchids in one location. Workers chose which plants to display from the Garden's permanent collection of more than 7,000 orchids.
The theme for the 2013 show is Madagascar. The displays give visitors a look at some of the history and native plants from the African island nation. Workers selected the theme to celebrate the Missouri Botanical Garden's conservation efforts in Madagascar for the last 25 years.
More to Explore:
While you're at the Garden for the Orchid Show, you might want to take a little time to explore the rest of the grounds. Even in the colder weather, there are several exhibits worth checking out. The 14-acre Japanese Garden with its large lake and foot bridges is a nice place for a peaceful stroll. Also, stop by the Climatron for a look at even more tropical flowers and plants.
Where to Park:
Parking is available at the Garden at the Ridgway Visitor Center. There are also several parking lots near Shaw Boulevard and Interstate 44, if the weather is mild and you don't mind a bit of a walk. Another option is to park along Tower Grove Avenue where street parking is usually available.
Other Signature Events:
The Orchid Show is just one of the signature events offered at the Missouri Botanical Garden throughout the year. Each summer, the Garden hosts the Whitaker Music Festival
, a series of free concerts on Wednesday nights featuring popular local musicians. In the fall, shoppers stock up on locally made products at the Best of Missouri Market
, and Christmastime means the Gardenland Express
holiday flower and train show. You can find out more about these and other popular events at the Missouri Botanical Garden website