The Missouri Botanical Garden Orchid Show has been one of my favorite winter events for the past few years. I drove seven hours to St. Louis to see the show the past few Februarys because it was just that special. Winter in Wisconsin was just so long and dreary, and a visit to a garden with beautiful flowers and a touch of summer uplifted my spirit for a few weeks. My mom and I would make a day out of it with lunch, orchid viewing, and an orchid purchase. And I've yet to keep one of those orchids alive that I purchased.
Now that I'm in St. Louis, I can go to the show whenever I like. And because of our garden membership whenever I like has been once or twice a week. It's been heavenly.
I notice a new flower each time I visit. During the first week, a tiny orchid that only blooms once every ten years was on display (below). It's the kind that reminds me of an old man with huge jowls.
Here are a few of my other favorites:
An old photographer noticed me taking pictures and pointed this pair of orchids out to me. He said it was very easy to picture them as a pair of laughing friends.
This last photo gives you an idea of the scope of the exhibit. You can see why it's easy to take a few visits to see all the exhibit has to offer. Plus, there's always something new blooming. It's like opening a favorite present over and over.
Posts from my visits in 2013.