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Tours & Classes

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

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; 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; 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; 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 17, 18, 19, March 11, 12, April 1, 2
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

February 25, 26, March 18, 19, April 8, 9
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 3, 4, 25, 26
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 27, 6:30 8:30 p.m. at NYBG or
Tuesday, March 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Midtown Education Center

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

Troubleshooting for Orchids

Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., NYBG
Learn how to solve common orchid care problems, so your flowers bloom again and again.

Phalaenopsis Care

Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., NYBG
Receive sensible advice on how to treat your phalaenopsis orchid so that it thrives and blooms year after year.

Flash Photography: The Orchid Show

Saturday, March 25, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Get an exclusive opportunity to photograph the vibrant flowers in The Orchid Show : Thailand using your DLSR and dedicated speedlights.