The Orchid Show at Missouri Botanical Gardens - Mayan Inspired
An Amazing Orchid Show
While visiting family, we had the pleasure of once again visiting the Missouri Botanical Garden's annual orchid show. This year it was a Mayan Inspired Theme. If you have the chance, I would highly recommend seeing this orchid show. It is just amazing. I was able to grab a few pictures to share here. There are some neat designs shown throughout, and I may share more as time permits. This is what I had to share quickly.
Multi - Colored Orchid
White orchids with little spots on them.
Beautiful burgundy pink orchids
A Theme inspired by the Mayan People of Long Ago
The Mayan inspired theme made the show this year extra special. I have so enjoyed learning more about the Maya, so it was a pleasant surprise. In one of the photos, you can see some of the decorations they used. They show elaborate head dresses made of all kinds of things, from plants, grasses, flowers and feathers. There was some history to read at each spot as well. They showed a King and Queen, children, and all different kinds of people that would be included in their societies.
There was even a replica of the stone Mayan Calendar, that showed equisite details. This replica was done in wood. I couldn't believe how beautiful it was.
South American Inspired - The Mayan Culture
Pond with Beautiful Orchids
More about this Orchid Show and Surrounding Gardens
I have heard of several other orchid shows across the country and the world. It is a great idea to research if there is one in your own area, or even one that is just a few hours drive away. During the winter months in many parts of the world, an orchid show can really do wonders to boost the spirit on those colder and sometimes gloomy days that can come with wintertime.
Taking the family, even if just for a short time is well worth the effort and expense. I would even go as far to say, that if you are in an undecided state of whether to go or not, to go ahead and go. You will want to have a camera on hand perhaps, as there is some amazing things to capture. At this particular show, the only rule was that there was to be no tripod or monopod usage during your photographing the orchids.
The fragrance alone of many of the orchids was just mind boggling. I have never smelled something to heavenly. Unlike any other rose or flower or anything I have ever smelled. So it is a feast for the senses for sure.
At this show, they are very careful to show all names of every single orchid, and there are some wonderful bird decorations, as well as other things that are a must see.
If you do get the opportunity to visit, do know that even though it is winter at the Garden in Saint Louis, that you can also go and visit the Climatron as well. There is also something called the Temperate House where there is a Mediterranean climate controlled condition where many plants from five different parts of the world are shown. In the Climatron, which is right next to the Temperate House, there is a rain forest setting, with waterfalls and all kinds of amazing exotic plants to observe and photograph.
They do have a membership that is available to people as well. This is a great deal for many people and you can make good use of it quickly. It also is a tax write off as well. They give a gift with membership too.
This Orchid show draws many people every year.
See new and beautiful orchids each year
Indoor Pond with ferns and orchids surrounding
Exotic Flowers Poll
Do you enjoy seeing exotic flowers, including orchids?
© 2011 Paula