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The Orchid Show at Missouri Botanical Gardens - Mayan Inspired

Updated on January 21, 2015

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

I just love to see the colors and intricacy of the design of orchids.  It never ceases to amaze me!
I just love to see the colors and intricacy of the design of orchids. It never ceases to amaze me! | Source

White orchids with little spots on them.

Some lovely white orchids.
Some lovely white orchids. | Source

Beautiful burgundy pink orchids

I love this one's color.
I love this one's color. | Source

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

Some of the Mayan Inspired Theme can be seen here.  They are showing the elaborate head dresses.
Some of the Mayan Inspired Theme can be seen here. They are showing the elaborate head dresses. | Source

Pond with Beautiful Orchids

Man made pond that is indoors.  I love the orchids growing around it.
Man made pond that is indoors. I love the orchids growing around it. | Source

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.

Some more of the ponds, and Mayan Inspired theme being shown.
Some more of the ponds, and Mayan Inspired theme being shown. | Source

See new and beautiful orchids each year

These are smaller orchids, but no less beautiful.
These are smaller orchids, but no less beautiful. | Source

Indoor Pond with ferns and orchids surrounding

There were many beautiful ponds, as well.
There were many beautiful ponds, as well. | Source

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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Karanda, I was very thankful to get to see it all. I think they are mini works of art, orchids. :) Thank you for your comment.

      Rpalulis, thank you, and yes it was great. I hope to go again one day. Appreciate your comment and stopping by.

      Denise, thank you very much. One day I hope to go to the one in VA as well. I hope to visit more botanical gardens in the future, I think they are a treasure trove. :)

      MannyRolando, I think so too. I can't hardly believe how beautiful they are. Some smell rather amazing too. I love nature so much. Glad you stopped by.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you Pamela! I appreciate your comment so much!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Dallas, thank you very much!

    • mannyrolando profile image


      7 years ago

      Great hub and beautiful photos... orchids are some of the most beautiful and interesting flowers! Thanks for sharing!

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      What a marvelous hub. I loved the photos. I always enjoy walking through a botonical garden. The closest one to where I live is in VA at the Norfolk B.G.

      Thanks for this awesome hub. I voted it up. I have a friend in MO that I will encourage to visit the gardens.

    • rpalulis profile image


      7 years ago from NY

      Fantastic! The orchid show at Missouri botanical gardens sounds like it was a spectacular event, wish I could have been there. Your photos are great and I am sure just being there and smelling them was even so much better. Great job capturing these photos and sharing with us.

    • Karanda profile image

      Karen Wilton 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Beautiful photos. How lucky you were to be able to see them for real. Orchids have always been my favourite.

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This is a fantastic hub with gorgeous pictures. I think orchids are the most exquisite flower and you captured so many of them in your pictures. Voted/rated up.

    • dallas93444 profile image

      Dallas W Thompson 

      7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Enjoyed useful and pleasing article: Thumbs up and useful!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you Phoenix! I appreciate the visit and the comment. :)

    • PhoenixV profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      Wow great hub and spectacular photographs!


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