The Orchid Show celebrates its 15th year with an homage to the wealth of orchids and rich cultural history of Thailand, home to more than 1,200 native orchid species. For more than a century it has been a leading exporter of cultivated tropical orchids in the world. Native and hybrid orchids alike have become almost synonymous with the nation, where the environment is so hospitable to orchids that the dazzling flowers even grow on trees that line public streets.
This year’s exhibition in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory will feature an astonishing array of blooming orchids in a lush tropical garden, including a rainbow of vanda orchids, whose large patterned blooms are popular in Thai gardens and homes. The show culminates in a jaw dropping scene of a sweeping peaked-roof façade in the style of a traditional Thai pavilion festooned with hundreds of exquisite orchids. Round out your visit with tours, orchid care demonstrations, expert Q&As, traditional Thai dance performances, and films on select weekends.