4344 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110
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ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), February 3, 2019 - Immerse yourself in a tropical oasis brimming with vibrant blooming orchids at the 2019 Orchid Show, on display through March 24.
The show is a once-a-year opportunity to view a rotating display of hundreds of orchids from the Garden's expansive living collection. The Orthwein Floral Display Hall has been transformed into a tropical landscape set amidst classic garden ornaments with a slightly modern flare. Visitors can peer through lush foliage, bubbling fountains, and trailing vines as you are transported to an exotic hideaway.
The 2019 Orchid Show focuses on the cultivation of orchids for the home gardener. Visitors can watch informative videos and learn tips on caring for orchids at home. The cultivation aspect will focus specifically on the care and handling of four orchid genera, Paphiopedilum, Phalaenopsis, Cattleya, and Cymbidium.
The Garden will hold Orchid Nights on Thursdays from February 14 and to March 7. Experience the Orchid Show in a whole new light! Come visit the show in the evening and step into the landscape of beautiful blooming orchids while you take in live music and sample libations from local breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Cash bar and small bites are also available for purchase.
The first Orchid Night, on February 14, will have a Valentine's Day theme. The first 200 women at the event will receive a Valentine flower from the Garden, and all visitors can enjoy romantic music and Valentine activities throughout the evening.
Orchid Nights tickets are $15 for Garden members and $20 for nonmembers.
Orchid Show admission is $5 per person (ages 3 and older), in addition to general Garden admission ($12 for adults; $6 for St. Louis City and County residents, with free admission Wednesdays and Saturdays until noon; free for children ages 12 and younger). Missouri Botanical Garden members enjoy free general admission along with free Orchid Show admission.
The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis, accessible from Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit and from Interstate 64 at the Kingshighway North and South exit. Free parking is available on site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer. For general information, visit www.mobot.org or call 314-577 5100 (toll-free, 1 800 642 8842).
The Missouri Botanical Garden, fondly known as Shaw's Garden to St. Louisans, contains a formal English garden, traditional Japanese garden, Margaret Blanke Grigg Chinese garden, the Flower Trial Garden, greenhouses and extensive landscaping. The garden also features the Climatron Complex, water lily reflection ponds and the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening.
The Climatron® geodesic dome and rainforest conservatory was dedicated 40 years ago in October 1960, replacing an old house built in 1913. The structure incorporates principles established by innovative architect R. Buckminster Fuller and was the first application of geodesic engineering for a greenhouse. The St. Louis architecture firm of Murphy & Mackey developed plans for the facility with Garden director Frits W. Went, who coined the term, Climatron.
The dome is 70 feet high and 175 feet in diameter, permitting tall palm trees to tower majestically above the tropical vista of streams, waterfalls and 1,200 different species of exotic trees and plants. Temperature ranges from 64 to 74 degrees and average humidity is 85 percent.
Visitors can enjoy a sense of being in a jungle while making their way by orchids, passion flowers, hibiscus flowers, cycads and a number of endangered species. In 1976, the dome was named one of the 100 most significant architectural achievements in United States history.
The Garden, covering 79 acres, is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd, just south of Hwy 44 between Vandeventer and Grand. Extended summer hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays only from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Free parking on premises, as well as an extensive gift shop and restaurant with patio dining. For more information, call the GardenLine at 314-577-9400 or 800-642-8842.
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