"Timeless Beauty" Orchid Display
Feb. 5 through March 5
Oswald Visitor Center Great Hall and Snyder Building Meyer-Deats Conservatory
Nothing can quite compare to its exquisite and breathtaking natural wonder. "Timeless Beauty" orchid display opens Friday, Feb. 5 in the Great Hall and Snyder Building's Meyer-Deats Conservatory, featuring tropical and cultivated orchids in Mother Nature's most elegant and remarkable blooms. Colors span the imagination and add a revered contrast to the exotic indoor setting and wintry outdoor setting this time of year.
Six displays of outstanding orchids-up to 30 different cultivars altogether, are complemented with a mix of cyclamen and dwarf ferns, tropical flowering and foliage plants. The enduring collaboration of color and shape join forces to highlight the emergence of orchids and what has grown to be the largest plant family on earth. The display includes an 8' waterfall cascade of orchids, baskets of moth orchids, fragrant cut orchids such as Oncidium, Phalaenopsis, Cymbidium, Cattleya, Laeliocattleya and more.
Paired with "Timeless Beauty" are an eclectic offering of photography classes, weekend talks with orchid experts and orchid plants, along with books and supplies for sale in Gift & Garden Store.
Read more: "Orchids To Know And Grow" - sure fire guide for the novice grower debunks some of the hard-to-grow myths of growing orchids. Thomas J. Sheehan, $19.95, and "Starting Out With Orchids" - 256 species of orchids described in simple language, complete with growing requirements and color photos. David L. Jones, $24.95 - both available in the Gift & Garden Store (612-301-7619).
Bonus! Celebrate Lunar New Year of the Monkey on Saturday, Feb. 6, 1-2 p.m.--meet local author Tran Thi Minh Phuoc Tran at a special storytime and booksigning of "Vietnamese Children's Favorite Stories," a collection of 15 folktales Her first book, Vietnamese Children's Favorite Stories (Tuttle Publishing), won the Creative Child Magazine 2015 Book of the Year Award and the winner of Moonbeam Children's Book Awards 2015 Gold Medal. Booksigning and story time in Great Hall. At 1:30 p.m., a children's and families craft activity is open to all visitors in Azalea Classroom in VIsitor Center.
Orchid Photography Class
Exclusive Access: Tropical Orchids - Macro Photography
Saturday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$99 members/$119 non-members
Enhance your photography skills and expand your botanical portfolio! This workshop, led by Carlyn Iverson, allows students an exclusive opportunity to get up-close and personal with the wonders of the 2016 Arboretum Orchid Display. In-class time will be spent learning DSLR techniques to create stunning macro images of the orchids, including tips on focus, lighting with and without flashes, background, and composition. The Conservatory will then close to the public for one hour, allowing exclusive access for class participants who will enjoy private, hands-on shooting time to explore the exhibit through a macro lens.
Limited seats remain!
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