ST. LOUIS – A burst of tropical color is punching through the winter doldrums, at the annual orchid show at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
The show, which opened Saturday, offers hundreds of orchids from the Garden’s collection, one of the world’s largest and oldest, as well as specimens from other enthusiasts. The show runs through March 22 at the Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd.
This year’s theme is “Mayan-inspired,” with an artistic twist. Moss-covered mannequins wear lavish botanical headdresses, each created by members of the American Institute of Floral Designers.
Orchid Show admission is $5 per person (ages 3 and older), in addition to general Garden admission ($14 for adults; $6 for St. Louis City and County residents with free admission Wednesdays and Saturdays until noon; free for children ages 12 and younger). Admission to the Garden and the show are free for Garden members.
The Garden will also hold two Orchid Nights, which include wine and spirit tastings, on Feb. 13 and March 5.
For general information, visit missouribotanicalgarden.org or call 314-577-5100.