February 14 – March 15, 2015
The fascinating family Orchidaceae stars at our second annual Orchid Show. A month-long slate of orchid events and classes—including several about vanilla (yes, it’s an orchid!)—offers interesting experiences for adults, kids, and families.
Of course you’ll be taking pictures! Need inspiration? Large-scale orchid images by Anne Belmont, photographed at our 2014 Orchid Show, line the walls of Krehbiel Gallery on your way into the exhibition.
Share your best orchid images: enter the Orchid Show photo contest.
Tripods and monopods are not allowed in the exhibition except for Wednesdays during public hours of the Orchid Show.
Photographers: get exclusive access to the Orchid Show with private photography rental for groups of up to 20, with tripods allowed. Available every day of the exhibition (February 14 through March 15) for one hour each morning (9 to 10 a.m.). Fee of $300 includes parking. Call (847) 835-6801 for details.
Click here for Photography walks and classes.
Every weekend during the show, orchids are for sale at the Orchid Marketplace. An extra bonus: members of the Illinois Orchid Society offer repotting services for the orchids you bring from home.
Click here for our video blog about repotting orchids.
At the Lenhardt Library: Orchidelirium: Illustrated Orchidaceae
Fascinating orchid books from our Rare Book Collection illustrate the flowers’ power of seduction, history as a medicinal, and the importance of vanilla! The exhibition runs February 13 through early May. Note that Lenhardt Library will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends to match Orchid Show hours.
The perfect gift: a mini orchid from our Garden Shop! Don’t miss the orchid pots, books, and jewelry—and our exclusive line of orchid-illustrated home accessories and kitchenware! Got a taste for vanilla? Nielsen-Massey vanilla products are here, too.
Learn from the Experts
Ask the Illinois Orchid Society all of your orchid questions; society orchid experts will be on hand every weekend during the Orchid Show. On March 14 and 15, the society will hold its annual spring show of judged orchid displays at the Garden in Nichols Hall. (The photographers' hour for the IOS show only will be Sunday, March 15, from 9 to 10 a.m.)
Visit the Orchid Society website.
Post-Orchid Show Plant Sale
The post-show orchid sale will take place Thursday, March 19, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for members only. If orchids are still available at the end of the day, the sale will open to the public on Friday, March 20 (while supplies last).