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ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), February 12, 2017 - Visitors to the annual Orchid Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden are in for an educational treat with the theme of "Where Does Vanilla Come From?" The Orchid Show runs to March 26, 2017.
This year's Orchid Show offers visitors the chance to learn more about specimens within the collection, including 19 Vanilla species and 4 cultivated Vanilla varieties.
The Garden's floral team has installed several monitors with detailed information on the process of growing and harvesting vanilla, along with its use as a spice in products from ice cream, chocolate to perfume and even detergents.
At every turn in the lush, tropical oasis inside the Orthwein Floral Display Hall, approximately 500 orchids can be seen at any one time, including Cattleya, Laelia, Encyclia, Oncidium and Paphiopedilum along with many other varieties.
Spanning a wide range of sizes, colors and scents, these orchids are displayed as they would be found in their natural habitats, with terrestrial orchids at ground level and epiphytic orchids suspended atop tree branches. As an added touch to the display, soft, soothing music filled the Hall.
Orchids are found on every continent of the world except Antarctica, with the greatest diversity found in the tropics. The Garden's ethnobotanists study the interactions between people and plants around the world. In one corner of this year's diplay, visitors can learn more about the close connection with everyday items made by local people in Madagascar.
Photographers are welcome to use hand-held cameras to capture the Orchid Show for personal enjoyment; tripod and monopod usage is not permitted indoors.
This year, enthusiasts can experience the Orchid Show in a whole new light with an exclusive lighted viewing of the orchid displays with live music, tastings from local wineries and breweries, and a full cash bar with small bites for purchase. Your ticket includes one complimentary vanilla-inspired cocktail. Tickets for the March 9 are Garden members - $15; Nonmembers - $20.
Orchid Show admission is $5 per person (ages 3 and older), in addition to general Garden admission ($12 for adults; $6 for St. Louis City and County residents. For more information, call 314-577-5100.
The Missouri Botanical Garden, fondly known as Shaw's Garden to St. Louisans, contains a formal English garden, traditional Japanese garden, Margaret Blanke Grigg Chinese garden, the Flower Trial Garden, greenhouses and extensive landscaping. The garden also features the Climatron Complex, water lily reflection ponds and the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening.
The Climatron® geodesic dome and rainforest conservatory was dedicated 40 years ago in October 1960, replacing an old house built in 1913. The structure incorporates principles established by innovative architect R. Buckminster Fuller and was the first application of geodesic engineering for a greenhouse. The St. Louis architecture firm of Murphy & Mackey developed plans for the facility with Garden director Frits W. Went, who coined the term, Climatron.
The dome is 70 feet high and 175 feet in diameter, permitting tall palm trees to tower majestically above the tropical vista of streams, waterfalls and 1,200 different species of exotic trees and plants. Temperature ranges from 64 to 74 degrees and average humidity is 85 percent.
Visitors can enjoy a sense of being in a jungle while making their way by orchids, passion flowers, hibiscus flowers, cycads and a number of endangered species. In 1976, the dome was named one of the 100 most significant architectural achievements in United States history.
The Garden, covering 79 acres, is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd, just south of Hwy 44 between Vandeventer and Grand. Extended summer hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays only from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Free parking on premises, as well as an extensive gift shop and restaurant with patio dining. For more information, call the GardenLine at 314-577-9400 or 800-642-8842.
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