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VIEW THE MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN’S RENOWNED ORCHID COLLECTION DURING THE 2014 ORCHID SHOW

WHAT: 2014 Orchid Show
WHEN: February 1-March 23, 2014
WHERE: Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., south St. Louis
COST: $5 (ages 3 and older), in addition to regular Garden admission ($8 adults; $4 St. Louis City/County residents; free children ages 12 and younger). Free for Garden members.
INFO: www.mobot.org; (314) 577-5100, 1-800-642-8842 toll free

(ST. LOUIS):  Travel to South America during the 2014 Orchid Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The annual show offers visitors a once-a-year opportunity to see a rotating display of hundreds of orchids from the Garden’s expansive permanent living collection.

This year’s show is inspired by the work of Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. Visitors can stroll along the curved paths to water elements, living walls and vibrant colors as they leave Missouri behind and journey to a modernist, tropical display.

Laeliocattleya Drumbeat "Heritage"

The Orchid Show is a temporary display built from the ground up inside the 5,000-square-foot Orthwein Floral Display Hall. Show themes change annually to offer visitors new ways to view the collection.

More than 500 orchids will be displayed as they would be found in the natural habitats with terrestrial orchids at ground level and ephiphytic orchids suspended atop tree branches. Orchids vary in size and color and include a number of varieties including Brassavola, Cattleya, Epidendrum, Gongora, Oncidium and Vanilla

The Garden’s sizeable orchid collection includes more than 7,000 individual orchid plants representing approximately 280 genera and more than 2,000 unique orchid taxa. Throughout the year, Garden horticulturists care for the collection behind the scenes in the private greenhouse range. Horticulturists juggle temperatures inside greenhouses to force the winter bloom of as many plants as possible for the annual Orchid Show. Spent blooms are replaced with new ones on a daily basis, shifting the look and landscape of the show throughout its run. Photographers are welcome to use hand-held cameras to capture the Orchid Show for personal enjoyment; tripod and monopod usage is not permitted indoors.

Vanilla planifolia

Orchid Show admission is $5 per person (ages 3 and older), in addition to general Garden admission ($8 for adults; $4 for St. Louis City and County residents, with free admission Wednesdays and Saturdays until noon; free for children ages 12 and younger). Missouri Botanical Garden members enjoy free general admission along with free Orchid Show admission.

Admission to the Missouri Botanical Garden is $8; St. Louis City and County residents enjoy discounted admission of $4 and free admission on most Wednesday and Saturday mornings until noon. Children ages 12 and younger and Garden members are free.

The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis, accessible from Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit and from Interstate 64 at the Kingshighway North and South exit. Free parking is available on site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer.

For general information, visit www.mobot.org or call (314) 577‑5100 (toll-free, 1‑800‑642‑8842). Follow the Garden on Facebook and Twitter at www.facebook.com/missouribotanicalgarden and http://twitter.com/mobotnews.

More than 45,000 households in the St. Louis region hold memberships to the Missouri Botanical Garden. Memberships begin at $65 ($60 for seniors) and offer 12 months of free general admission for two adults and all children ages 12 and under, plus exclusive invitations and discounts. Members help support the Garden’s operations and world-changing work in plant science and conservation. Learn more at www.mobot.org/membership.

 

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NOTE: Digital images available by request or via Flickr. Download media materials at www.mobot.org/media

The Missouri Botanical Garden’s mission is “to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life.” Today, 155 years after opening, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display.

The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in St. Louis, just south of I-44 at Vandeventer-Kingshighway (exit #287B). Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed Christmas Day. Grounds open at 7 a.m. most Wednesdays and Saturdays (exception: special admission rate events). Admission is $8; free children ages 12 and under and Garden members. St. Louis City and County residents are $4 and free most Wednesdays and Saturdays until noon (exception: special admission rate events – third weekend of May, Memorial Day 2012, Labor Day weekend and first weekend of October). Park for free on site and two blocks west at the Shaw-Vandeventer intersection. The Garden is accessible via public transportation by taking the MetroLink commuter rail line and picking up a Metro bus (www.metrostlouis.org). For general information, log on to www.mobot.org or call the 24-hour recording at (314) 577-5100 or 1-800-642-8842. For membership information, visit www.mobot.org/membership call (314) 577-5118 during weekday business hours. For volunteer opportunities, visit www.mobot.org/volunteer or call (314) 577-5187. The Missouri Botanical Garden is a tobacco-free environment.