|Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show - 2014|
Overall comments about the show - it's for people who like to look at orchids and perhaps not so much for folks who want to know even more about Orchids. Signage provides overview of growing environment and history. There is limited labels of specific orchids varieties. In a few cases as I tried to find the identification, or tag at the base of the orchid I was reprimanded for touching. So take care.
The orchids are tucked into nearly every nook and cranny in two of the display houses. They do good job of color-blocking larger arrangements of the same orchid, or in some cases with related color items. There is a wide variety in color, form, size. However, some areas are crowded and difficult to pass this almost means that unique orchids are easily overlooked.
While there was mention of orchids being native to Illinois, I did not notice any particular call out or showing of these native flowers. Check out the links here for those details. Interesting fact - the commercial success in orchids is for vanilla! There is a very large vanilla orchid growing at the Garfield Park Conservatory. With vanilla bean pods on it too! They sometimes sell the vanilla orchid in the gift shop.
|White - Purple Spot Orchid|
|Yellow Bird Orchid|
|Shocking Pink Colored Orchid|
Orchid Tree Display
The orchid to the right was one of my favorites. First off it looked like a lady slipper flower - which I remember searching for in the woods as a young child. then there was the interesting markings - stripes and dots. The cots had great definition and height from the petals which ads to the drama.
With orchids placed to tightly into the existing foliage it was at times difficult to appreciate the different forms - other than the flowers. That being back bulbs, aerial roots, monopodial or sympodial structures, etc. With all the orchids displayed, I did not notice any with forked lobes - however as you can see, there was lots of variation in lip, petal and other elements!!
|Nun's Orchid (?)|
|Lady Slipper-esk Orchid|
|Bright Yellow Lady-Slipper-like Orchid|
|Tiger Crow Oncidium|
|Pink/Salmon Colored Orchid|
|Very Georgia O'Keefe Orchid|
I should just mention here that the Orchid theme is pervasive in the Garden Gift Shop - books, utensils, clothing, artwork. Someone went overboard to search for items with orchids on them and related to orchids!
|I enjoyed the bluish and purple orchids greatly! - CBG Show Feb. 2014|
|The orchid in the middle is a Phaius Kryptonite - very pretty.These three - rust/burgundy colored orchids.|
The trip cost for two was approximately $55 including parking, entrance tickets to the show, and a light snack in the temporary cafe. As the snow accumulated outside, we did not explore the gardens outside the limited conservatory space. We started our day very early in the morning, this worked out well as crowds were appearing as we left.
All in all a very enjoyable outing!
It's left me listening to Blue Orchids by Glenn Miller. A classic tune and perfect for the mood of the show. Plus I did adore the Avec Blue Orchid so greatly!