The orchid show earth, air, fire, water: October 12-November 26.
Experience a lush, almost primitive display of orchids--including many from Selby Gardens' rare collection--that offers surprises at every turn. Orchids grow in all types of environments, and during the show guests will experience displays that evoke rocky terrains, wind-blown vistas, moist locales and sun-soaked scenery.
The conservatory display will expose visitors to the elements by immersing them in a lush rainforest, complete with "elemental" features such as lava rock and a waterfall. Colorful orchids will fill the conservatory, from floor to ceiling, reflecting the remarkable ability of different species to grow in the soil, on stone, and in the air.
THE MUSEUM OF BOTANY & THE ARTS
The museum exhibition will feature stories of orchid exploration and discovery, past and present. It will examine the various environments in which orchids grow and the routes by which botanists travel, braving the elements, to examine orchids in their natural habitats.
The north gallery will showcase rare botanical books and prints from the Gardens' Research Library. Highlights will include an autographed copy of Charles Darwin's Notes on the Fertilization of Orchids, published in 1869, and a colored lithograph of Stanhopea devoniensis, originally named in honor of the sixth Duke of Devonshire, whose collection of orchids at Chatsworth House started the orchid craze in Victorian Britain. Also of note will be volumes from Selby Gardens' complete set of Curtis's Botanical Magazine, dating to 1787, and early editions of the work of Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus, who developed the system of binomial nomenclature by which all living organisms are now named.
The south gallery will illustrate the work of the Gardens' botanists through herbarium and spirit specimens from the preserved collections. Also of interest will be high-resolution images of miniorchids, the details of which are only visible under magnification, and research materials relating to the recent discovery of a new orchid from Mount Roraima in Venezuela, the tabletop mountain that inspired Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World.
THE ORCHID SHOW
EARTH * AIR FIRE * WATER
LUNCH IN THE GARDENS
"Sex, Lies, and Orchids" with Dr. Antonio Toscano de Brito
OCTOBER 18 * 11 AM
Orchids are the sexiest of all plant families. In this fun and playful discussion, learn what makes orchids so seductive and how intricate and promiscuous these flowers are, relying on enticement and deception to lure their pollinators. Series Chairs: Jean Weidner Goldstein, Teri Hansen and Margaret Wise
Series Sponsor: Charles & Margery
Barancik Foundation Event Sponsor: MISH New York
$150 Guests, $75 Friends of the Gardens Associates;
OCTOBER 18-NOVEMBER 22 6-9 PM WEDNESDAYS
Experience the Orchid Show in a whole new light during weekly orchid-inspired cocktail receptions that include live music and food and drink tastings.
$60 Members, $75 Guests
OCTOBER 26 * 9-9:30 AM & 9:30-10 AM
Learn from our horticulturists tricks for displaying orchids in the soil, on stone, and in the air. No cost; RSVP required; limit 20.