Orchid MANIA: The Orchid Craze in Victorian Britain

with Dr. David Berry

November 15 2017 · 12:00pm  – 1:00pm


These monthly lectures are held October through May. Participants are invited to join us in Michael’s on the Bay (unless otherwise noted) to enjoy presentations on topics such as field work, ecosystems and exhibitions. Lectures are complimentary with admission (free to members), unless otherwise noted.

Drawing on material from the Orchid Show, this talk will focus on the most prized exotic plants in Victorian Britain, which became the subject of a craze known as Orchid Mania. Discover the lengths to which nurserymen went to supply the orchid market and the fortunes the wealthiest collectors spent to secure the rarest specimens.

David Berry is the Assistant Director of Academic Affairs at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. He is the guest curator of the Orchid Show in the Museum of Botany & the Arts.

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