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ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), February 4, 2018 - Orchid lovers can immerse themselves in a tropical oasis brimming with vibrant blooming orchids at the Orchid Show, a once-a-year opportunity to view a rotating display of hundreds of orchids from the Garden's expansive living collection.
Through March 25, visitors can explore the "orchid mania" of the Victorian era, a time when passionate plant enthusiasts sought to collect and cultivate newly discovered orchid species, no matter what the trial, tribulation or cost.
The show will provide opportunities to peer through lush foliage, bubbling fountains, and trailing vines as they are transported to an exotic hideaway within the Orthwein Floral Display Hall.
Admission: $5.00 per person (ages 3 and up) in addition to regular Garden admission ($12 adults; $6 St. Louis City/County residents; free children ages 12 and under). Free for Garden members and their children
This year, visitors can also experience the Orchid Show in a whole new light! Enjoy exclusive lighted viewings of the orchid displays, sip and sample libations and take in live music. Cash bar and small bites available for purchase.
Tickets for the special events are: $15 Garden members; $20 Nonmembers.
Live Music features The Bonbon Plot (February 8 and March 8); T.J Mčller (February 22 and March 22)
February 8: 4204 Main Street Brewing, Modern Brewery, Old Bakery Beer, Stumpy's Spirits, Noboleis Winery
February 22: Six Mile Bridge Beer, Square One Brewery & Distillery, StilL 630, Stumpy's Spirits, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
March 8: 4204 Main Street Brewing, Noboleis Winery, Six Mile Bridge Beer, Stumpy's Spirits, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, Wood Hat Spirits
March 22: Augusta Winery, Modern Brewery, Old Bakery Beer, Square One, Brewery & Distillery, Stumpy's Spirits, Wood Hat Spirits
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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