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Visit ‘Orchids Forever’ at the Cleveland Botanical Garden Through April 11
An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until April 11, 2021
“Orchids are one of the world’s most beautiful flowering plants and we are thrilled to be able to open this stunning show in Cleveland,” said Jill Koski, president, and CEO of Holden Forests & Gardens. “Being surrounded by orchids is a delightful and mood-lifting experience, one that’s perhaps more welcome now than ever before. At the same time, Orchids Forever will inform visitors about their incredible resilience and the importance of the Earth’s biodiversity to ensure that we can enjoy them for generations to come.”
Guests will be greeted with a stunning display of hundreds of Phalaenopsis orchids and a towering orchid sculpture “Orchids in Bloom” designed by copper, resin, and steel artists Mark Lagergren and Anthony M. Ball. The experience leads to the Eppig Gallery for a visually striking timeline of orchid speciation and exploitation, as well as modern-day science and conservation. Clark Hall will have a conservation laboratory theme with orchids in test tubes and digital projections of orchids under microscopes. Horticultural displays will showcase exotic plants all surrounded by narrative panels about orchid science. The Glasshouse rainforest biomes will highlight orchid species from the continents of Africa, Asia, Australia, and Central America, transporting visitors from the Northeast Ohio winter into a warm climate.
Over the course of the show, thousands of orchids will fill the galleries, hallways, and Glasshouses at the botanical gardens.
Providing a safe and comfortable experience was top-of-mind for the Orchids Forever design team. A socially distanced one-way path will guide visitors through the experience. A limited number of advanced reservations are available each day. Face masks must be worn in the interior garden building.
Orchid Artwork: Silk paintings by Gunter Schwegler will grace the walls of Orchids Forever.
Rainforest Creature Feature: Guests are invited to meet the critters that call the Glasshouse home during special meet-and-greets with the animals Fridays through Sundays at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Get up close with a panther chameleon, radiated tortoises, an eastern box turtle, African bullfrog or smokey jungle frog, and Madagascar hissing roaches. And don’t forget to check out the new addition to the amphibian case in our Costa Rica glasshouse—dart frogs! Ten bumble bee dart frogs will be on display in a new enclosure.
Learn as You Go: Guests will receive an Orchids Forever educational packet with activities for learners of all ages including a labeled orchid cutout to color, assemble and display to have your own forever orchid at home; hidden picture art with pollinators unique to orchids and key bioindicators specific to the health of orchid ecosystems; and a special QR code that will transport guests to four different countries where they can search for orchids and orchid pollinators native to each of those exotic locations. Each guest will receive their own packet will supplies last.
Orchids-to-Go in the Garden Store: Orchids, including some exotic varieties, will be available for purchase at the Garden Store. Orchid soil, fertilizer, and orchid pots will also be for sale.
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