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The 2016 Orchid Show has ended. Stay tuned for information on the 2017 exhibition!

Tours & Classes

For more events and activities during your visit, view our calendar above.

Special Lecture: Orchids of New England & New York

Presented by the Torrey Botanical Society
Sunday, March 13; 4 p.m.
In Ross Hall

Wild orchids are an important—and increasingly threatened—component of the flora of New England and New York, with 65 species and varieties occurring in the region. Eric Lamont, botanist; and Tom Nelson, photographer and writer; have been searching out the often elusive remnant populations of wild orchids in the region in recent years. In this talk they will discuss the identifying characteristics, unique growth requirements, and oftentimes unusual growth cycles of the incredibly varied taxon present in the region. This talk will also discuss some of the threats that wild orchids face as well as some conservation strategies.

The Orchid Show Tours

Tuesdays–Fridays; 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.
Meet at the Conservatory Entrance

Tour The Orchid Show with an expert guide. Get a brief introduction to the biology of orchids to learn what makes them so different from other flowers, and learn about some of the current research projects that our scientists are working on.

Roaming Guides

Saturdays and Sundays, plus Monday, March 28; 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
In the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

Garden guides highlight parts of the permanent collection and special exhibition to add insight to your experience of The Orchid Show. They will provide an in-depth look at rare and extraordinary orchid specimens on display.

Orchid Care Demonstrations

Saturdays and Sundays, plus Monday, March 28; 2:30 & 3:30 p.m.
In the Conservatory GreenSchool

Join NYBG experts as they discuss the basics of orchid care and how to choose and successfully grow these exotic plants.
See a schedule of demonstrations.

Orchid Expert Q&A

Saturdays and Sundays, plus Monday, March 28; 1:30–4:30 p.m.
In NYBG Shop

Drop in and ask about orchid care tips. Get help selecting the proper orchid for your home.

Orchid Classes

Discover even more about orchids with Adult Education classes inspired by The Orchid Show.
See a list of upcoming courses.

Orchid Care Demonstrations

Easy Orchid Care

February 26, 27, 28, March 19, 20, April 9, 10
Join us for a discussion of some of the easiest orchids to grow in your home. Discover the best varieties to grow and learn basic maintenance routines so that your orchids thrive and flower for years.

Fantastically Fragrant Orchids

March 5, 6, April 2, 3, 16, 17
Interested in orchids that will tickle your nose and stimulate your senses? Join us for a discussion of some of the best orchids to grow at home for both color and fragrance. Learn basic orchid care and experience the fragrance of many orchid varieties.

Troubleshooting with Orchids

March 12, 13, 26, 27, 28
Is your orchid distressed? Join us for a lesson on basic orchid care and a list of dos and don'ts that will keep your plants thriving. Some of the most common mistakes and maladies will be covered, including tips on how to rescue ailing orchids.

Orchid Classes

Living Décor: Terrariums with Air Plants & Orchids!

Monday, February 29; 6–8 p.m.
Non-Member $79 / Member $85

Create your own miniature world with air plants and orchids in an open-style terrarium.

Divide, Repot, Rejuvenate!

Saturday, March 19; 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Non-Member $59 / Member $49

Learn how to divide and repot your orchids without trauma to you or the plants.

Flash Photography: The Orchid Show

Wednesday, March 23; 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Non-Member $119 / Member $109

Get an exclusive opportunity to photograph the vibrant flowers in The Orchid Show using your DLSR and dedicated speedlights.

The Orchid Next Door

Thursday, March 24; 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Non-Member $79 / Member $75

An NYBG scientist walks you through the botany, evolutionary history, and future conservation of the New York Metro Area's 29 native orchid species.

Troubleshooting for Orchids

Saturday, March 26; 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Non-Member $59 / Member $49

Learn how to solve common orchid care problems, so your flowers bloom again and again.

Fragrant Orchids

Saturday, April 9; 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Non-Members $59 / Member $49

Learn about many species and hybrids with a fantastic array of shapes, color, and fragrances that are surprisingly easy to grow.