Don’t Miss the Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Orchid plant at a botanic garden

Nestled in nearby Glencoe is a place of ever-changing beauty—especially the colorful orchid show.

We’re talking about the Chicago Botanic Garden, featuring 27 spectacular gardens over 385 acres. 

The garden is especially well-known for its Orchid Show. This year, the fun takes place from February 8th through March 22nd. The theme highlights these tropical flowers in a modern world and exhibits 10,000 brilliant blooms in unexpected ways.

Event highlights include:

Evening with the Orchids 

Back by popular demand, Evening with the Orchids serves local spirits and specialty cocktails among the colorful blooms. Guests receive both a tasting glass and a tasting sheet, and advanced reservations are recommended. 

Orchid Marketplace 

Every weekend during the show, orchids are available for sale. They come in all shapes and colors and make for the perfect houseplants. On select dates, members of the Illinois Orchid Society are also on hand. They’ll answer any questions and also offer repotting services for the plants you take home. 

Garden Highlights 

After learning about the different orchid species with Chicago’s orchid show, explore the majestic gardens. Those not to be missed include:

Evening Island 

Spanning five acres of woodlands, hillsides, and meadows, Evening Island features the most amazing sunsets. It’s accessible by two bridges, and each season brings something new. The garden comes complete with towering trees, low-maintenance grasses, and much more. 

Model Railroad Garden 

As one of the most popular areas, the Model Railroad Garden welcomes visitors year after year who come to enjoy the sights and sounds of the trains as they chug through American landscapes. Over 5,000 miniature trees, shrubs, and flowering plants surround the tracks. The addition of people and animals add a storybook feel, while sound effects capture one’s imagination. 

The Chicago Botanic Garden is just one of the premier destinations near our apartments in Lombard. We’re also close to great shopping, dining, and entertainment. To call our community home, please contact us. We will schedule a tour where you can see everything we have to offer. 

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