Events, Lectures and Classes Support the Six-Week 2016 Orchid Show

November 13, 2015

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is marking its 40th anniversary year in with an international Orchid show in February 2016.

More than 1,000 orchids from the sub-tropics and tropics of the Americas will be on display February 14 – March 27, 2016 at the Gardens’ conservatory for The Orchid Show: Celebrating 40 Years at Selby Gardens. Visitors to the Gardens enjoy the show as part of the larger visitor experience at Selby Gardens, which is the world’s only garden committed to the study and preservation of epiphytes, which include orchids.

“The Orchid Show is going to be a spectacle of orchids,” said Jennifer O. Rominiecki, President and CEO of Selby Gardens. “The Gardens’ conservatory will feature a stunning array of orchids showing the depth and breadth of this species and of the entire Gardens’ collection.”

The Orchid Show display will be the high point of Selby Gardens’ fortieth anniversary year, which began July 2015. The show is presented by Better-Gro, a national gardening product retailer.

A collection of events, lectures and classes will be offered throughout the run of the show. Activities include:

Feb. 17: For the Love of Orchids with Dr. Antonio Toscano deBrito
Treasured by both pollinators and people, orchids possess a lure more complex than perhaps any other flower in the history of the world. Selby Gardens’ own orchidologist, Dr. Toscano deBrito, will shed light on the mysteries of the orchid family, from its myriad forms and varied scents. The discussion will also examine the impact this complex plant family has made in the realms of poetry, perfume, edible delicacies and of course, love and romance. Noon – 1 p.m., Feb. 17, 2016, The Great Room. Included with admission – $19 Adults, $6 Ages 4 -11

March 11: Marc Hachadourian
Join the curator of the Orchid Collection and manager of the Nolen Greenhouses for New York Botanical Gardens for this keynote lecture sponsored by The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Associates. 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., March 11, 2016, The Great Room. Included with Admission $19 Adults, $6 Ages 4 -11

Feb. 17 – March 24: Orchid Evenings
Each Wednesday evening during The Orchid Show, the Conservatory will play host to orchid-inspired cocktail receptions. The after-hours, limited access events will grant guests an intimate setting to view the show and experience the Gardens at night. Tickets include pass hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary orchid-inspired craft cocktail. Admission is $25 Members, $35 Guests. 21 and up only. 6 – 8 p.m., Wednesdays, Feb. 17 – March 24.

Feb. 16, March 1, 15: Tripod Tuesdays
Before the conservatory opens, bring your camera and tripod into the conservatory and set your lens upon The Orchid Show for an hour of unprecedented access to the beauties of the show. (Tripods are only permitted in the conservatory during these sessions.). Space is limited. 9 – 10 a.m., Feb. 16, March 1 & 15. $20 Guests, $15 Members.

Feb. 20: Orchids: Up Close & Personal
Orchid families offer such a delightful array of shapes and colors to draw. In this class, instructor Olivia Braida will teach students to dissect and draw an orchid to develop illustrations with extraordinary detail similar to those of the famed Bauer Brothers whose expertise became the hallmark of their work. Microscopes will be available during the class, as well as drawing materials. Students are invited to bring one orchid plant with several blooms. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Feb. 20. $120 class fee ($95 Members), plus $25 materials fee.

Click here for a full calendar of all events hosted at Selby Gardens,  or call 941-366-5731.


About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads, epiphytes and tropical plants with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. For more information, please visit Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas, regular admission $19 (ages 12 and up), ages 4-11 $6, Members and children 3 and under enter free. Contact us at (941) 366-5731.


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