Missouri Botanical Garden's Orchid Show!

March 21, 2013

Written by Ashli Marler, Assistant Manager in St. Charles

The annual Orchid Show at the Missouri Botanical Gardens is still going on for another week and a half, so we thought we would share some tips before it passes you by. For those that have never been, the Orchid Show is a chance for visitors to see the ever-changing variety of the many orchids grown at the Garden.

Every year there is a different theme to the show. This year’s theme is ‘Madagascar’. The area where the orchid show is held will be transformed into a tropical island nation! There is also a waterfall, an authentic bamboo hut, and other native artifacts. Needless to say, for photographers, there’s plenty of opportunity!

While strolling through the display, it is possible to get up close and personal with some of these beautiful and exotic flowers. Bring a macro lens or close up filter set if you have one. The Botanical Gardens does not allow tripods, so make sure to either have a lens with a low f stop, a flash, or raise your ISO. The Orchid Show is held indoors, and some areas can be a bit a dark due to the vast number of plants. Most of all, have fun! After checking out the orchids, you can then explore the rest of this beautiful garden. There’s always something new to see.

The Orchid Show runs until Sunday March 31, from 9 to 5p.m. The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd., St, Louis, MO.