Where Have All The Orchids Gone?

April 8, 2010 Nick Daniel , Horticulture Specialist, Cactus & Succulent Collection

Many visitors to the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory have been asking me, "Where are the orchids?"  Well, there are still many around the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory, and in just a few months, our new display will be installed and the orchids will be displayed in all of their glory.  The new display will be built into the existing Marnie's Pavilion at the West end of the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory where the Cloud Forest Tree was previously.  The new display will have two levels and and a unique new water feature running through.  The display is being set up in order to showcase blooming orchids, bromeliads, and other tropical treasures we have.  There will also be some permanent plant installations including some species of tree ferns that we just procured for our collection.  I'm not sure if you've ever had the chance to view the crown of a tree fern from above, but it is amazing, and in the new Marnie's Pavilion display, you will be able to.  Geometry in nature never ceases to amaze me.  So, all of you orchid hunters out there, bear with us...it will be worth your wait.  In the meantime, if you stroll through the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory and keep vigilant, I promise there are plenty of orchids to see.  To name a few, Vanilla planifolia can be found near the windows looking into the Offshoots Bistro, Spathoglottis plicata clumps may be found throughout the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory, and as always, don't forget to look up into the trees...there's a few orchids perched on branches throughout the Conservatory.  See you soon, Cheers!


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