In the Tropics: The Orchid Show
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Come see 10,000 orchids in bloom and get a closer look at orchids in the tropics, where you will find the greatest diversity of orchid species on earth. This show evokes the lush feel of rainforests, tropical islands, and warm beaches. As a nod to the importance of water in the tropics—rainforests can get hundreds of inches of rain a year—the Orchid Show features a “curtain” of falling water. The theme of water is implicit throughout, with seas of Vanda orchids, a banca canoe, and small islands blooming with tall palm trees and orchids. Trade the cold and gray of winter for a world that is infused with the warmth and light of turquoise seas.   Enjoy musical events like Morning Music with Orchids on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. while surrounded by the beauty of the Orchid Show. Don’t miss Orchids After Hours on Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m.—enjoy the orchids in the evening with tiki cocktails and light fare available for purchase. Partake in a cocktail tasting at Evening with Orchids on March 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.; separate ticket fee applies. An orchid marketplace takes place every Saturday and Sunday, and a special Illinois Orchid Society Show & Sale is on March 9 and 10.