Orchid Show at the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory


February 28-March 29

The Crystal Bridge will be filled with hundreds of orchids arranged in creative displays by resident orchid expert and Conservatory Curator Nate Tschaenn. Walking tours will be offered with paid admission Wednesdays at 1pm and Saturdays at 11am.

Programs offered during the Orchid Show by Nate Tschaenn, Conservatory Specialist include:


Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series: Deceptive Orchids

Thursday, February 27, noon
Second Floor Conference Room, Crystal Bridge
Free to the public

When it comes to ensuring pollination, some orchids go to notorious lengths. Trickery and deceit are essential to this mysterious flower. Join Nate Tschaenn, for a fascinating discussion about the deceptive nature of orchids.


Orchid Care 101

Tuesday, March 18, 6-7pm
Second Floor Conference Room, Crystal Bridge
FREE members; $10 nonmembers
Register here

Learn the ins and outs of how to care for orchids at home, and learn from a demonstration how to pot and divide orchids, you’ll gain information on watering and proper lighting, and answer questions to help demystify this fascinating flower.


Orchid Delirium

Saturday, March 22, 2-3pm
Second Floor Conference Room, Crystal Bridge
FREE members; $10 nonmembers
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In the early 19th century Europeans became enraptured by specimens of orchids collected by explorers in the new world. Their fascination quickly turned into a highly developed passion that led people to risk life and limb to acquire these precious commodities, a passion that persists to this day. Come and hear tales of how these orchid hunters fought animals, diseases, inhospitable environments, and even each other in pursuit of orchids.


Post Orchid Show Sale

Sunday, March 30, 11-5pm
Crystal Bridge Visitor Lobby
Cymbidiums $15/ all other orchids $5 for members
Cymbidiums $20/ all other orchids $10 for non members

Purchase orchids used in our orchid show for an amazing price. Hundreds of amazing orchids will be on sale on a first come, first served basis.