2019 Missouri Botanical Gardens Orchid Show

My family are members of the Missouri Botanical Gardens and one of the reasons is that we love to go to their annual Orchid Show.  I've written about it in 2017 and 2018 if you want to learn more about the show.



The 2019 theme is Cultivation. MoBot wants to help the home gardener to cultivate orchids.  Throughout the display, there are hints, tips, and resources on orchid care. The Orchid Show never has the same display twice. Each show begins installation right after the annual Holiday Flower and Train Show.




Orchids are very diverse but all must have these things:  3 petals, 3 sepals, and male and female reproductive organs.  To grow them in your own home it is best to have orchid potting mix (some add charcoal for pH and aeration.  Most orchids like room temperatures of 60-80 degrees F.  40-70% humidity, sunny rooms, and water so that the water drains completely (make sure the potting soil is nearly dried out.)  (Thanks to MoDot for this information from the handout given at the show!)




A bit about the MoBot collection:  the first orchids were given to Henry Shaw in 1876.  Now they have 6,300 orchid plants, some which are rare or unusual specimens.  The Climatron contains rotating orchid displays year around.



If you are in the Saint Louis area through March 24, 2019, I highly recommend that you stop by and see the orchids.  The show is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  The cost is $5 added to the garden entry fee.  It is free for MoBot members.



A fun shot that I got when taking this photo!

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Terri Steffes
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  1. Wow- What a show! I have never grown orchids but I think they are beautiful and so delicate looking. I hope you have a really great Wednesday- xo Diana

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  2. Orchids are so beautiful and what an awesome show! I enjoyed seeing all the photos, especially that last one.

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  3. This looks like such a fun experience. I would love to visit this garden show.

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  4. I love visiting botanical gardens especially at this time of year. Those orchids are so gorgeous!

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  5. I have a friend who went there with her husband. She said it was wonderful so now I would love to go and visit.

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  6. This would be fun. These orchids are so pretty. I wish I could grow stuff. I can't, so I just go to shows like this and admire what other people can grow.

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  7. As someone who's born and raised in a desert climate, and given that very little vegetation grows here, I love visiting botanical gardens. This orchid show would be a fun experience for sure.

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  8. I love going to places like this. There is nothing that lifts my spirits like flowers.

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  9. We love the Missouri Botanical Garden. It's so beautiful and they have so many great events.

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  10. Wow, what beautiful flowers. I love Orchids. They are just so pretty. We may have to plan our next trip to Missouri to see this.

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  11. Wow, what a beautiful botanical garden to see! We are still in the throes of winter here so seeing any full blooms like this really makes me eager spring.

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  12. I love visiting Botanical Gardens! These orchids are so lovely, it must have been wonderful to see them in person.

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  13. Love orchids though I've never thought of growing them myself. Great tips here and so beautiful.

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  14. These orchids are gorgeous! I love to admire orchids so much. Would like to visit it so much!

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  15. OMG, orchids are one of my favourite flowers. I gave one to my dad and he kept it alive for over 10 years. Crazy!

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  16. I love flowers period! This sounds like a great place to visit. I went to Turks in the fall and one of my favorite things to look at were all the beautiful flowers. Doesn't take much just a pretty flower to make me happy!

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  17. Beautiful orchid, I have one in my house, love to see flower shows here I am missing those show. Looks like you had great fun.

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  18. My daughter loves our local botanical gardens. I plan on taking her as much as I can this year! The last picture is beautiful!

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  19. Oh my gosh, you gave me some beautiful treats. I love orchids, it reminds me of my Mom.

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