The Orchid Show: Patrick Blanc's Vertical GardensMarch 3-April 22, 2012
Starting March 31, Saturdays & Sundays, 12 & 3 p.m.
In the Ross Hall
Expanding on the French roots of The Orchid Show: Patrick Blanc’s Vertical Gardens, the final four weekends of the exhibition will feature French Cabaret. Popular singer Cate Cox returns to the Garden with a sultry style that evokes the nightclub performances of a bygone Paris, and perfectly complements the elegance and sophistication of this year’s orchid extravaganza.
History and Mystery of Orchids
Saturdays and Sundays, 1 p.m.
With over 25,000 species growing on six continents, orchids fascinate and touch the lives of people in every country and culture from the jungles of Costa Rica to vanilla farms in Mexico. This series of exciting presentations and demonstrations takes you on a journey around the world of orchids and shows you how to grow and care for them at home. See the full schedule.
Orchid Care Demonstrations
Saturdays and Sundays, 2:30 p.m.
Join Gardener for Public Education, Sonia Uyterhoeven, as she demonstrates how to care for orchids at home and suggests the best varieties to choose from. See the full schedule.
One Day Only—Special Film Screening: Adaptation.
Sunday April 1, 4–6 p.m.
In the Ross Hall
In this popular 2002 feature film inspired by Susan Orlean’s book The Orchid Thief, Nicolas Cage plays Charlie Kaufman, a lovelorn L.A. screenwriter overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy, self-loathing, and the screenwriting ambitions of his freeloading twin brother, Donald (also Cage). While struggling to adapt The Orchid Thief by Orlean (Meryl Streep), Kaufman’s life spins from pathetic to bizarre. The lives of Kaufman, Orlean, and John Laroche (Chris Cooper), the orchid poacher and subject of the book, become strangely intertwined as each one’s obsession collides with those of the others.(114 minutes, Rated R).
The Orchid Show Cell Phone Tour and Take-Home Tips
A cell phone tour of The Orchid Show provides a thoughtful look at the exhibition. Additional recordings offer advice for caring for particular species of orchids at home. Tip sheets are also available at Shop in the Garden and during Home Gardening Demonstrations.
Tuesdays (and Monday, April 9), 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. - Meet in the Palms of the World Gallery in the Conservatory
Before entering The Orchid Show, get an introduction to the biology of orchids in a brief, informal presentation by a Garden Tour Guide.
Tour Guide-led Tours
Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 3 p.m. - Meet in the Palms of the World Gallery in the Conservatory
Tour The Orchid Show with an expert volunteer guide who provides in-depth looks at rare and extraordinary orchid specimens.
The Orchid Show Q&A
Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. - Throughout the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Garden Tour Guides highlight parts of the permanent collection and special exhibition to add insight to your experience of The Orchid Show.
Shopping for the Right Orchid
Saturdays and Sundays, 1:30–4:30 p.m.- Shop in the Garden
Gardening and orchid experts share their best secrets and explain the simple steps to healthy plants as they help you choose the right plant for your home.
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Capturing the Beauty of Orchids: Photography Workshop
Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m – 5:30 p.m.
Hone your skills of composition, background control, and close-up angles, and capturing natural light.
Non-Members $158 / Member $142
Orchids in Ice!
Sunday, March 25, 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Create a show-stopping arrangement in a container filled with faux ice.
Non-Members $96 / Member $86
Major Sponsors: Mr. and Mrs. Marvin H. Davidson
Generous support also provided by the Karen Katen Foundation
Additional support provided by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States