Sunday, February 23, 2020

Orchids in Bloom

"We are shaped and fashioned by what we love"  - Goethe

Orchids 01 at the Chicago Botanic Garden by Jeanne Selep
Orchid Image 01
The Chicago Botanic Garden holds a nearly two month long orchid show each year, and every year I try to attend. 

Orchids 02 at the Chicago Botanic Garden by Jeanne Selep
Orchid Image 02
This year the show runs Feb 8, 2020 to March 22, 2020. 

Orchids 03 at the Chicago Botanic Garden
Orchid Image 03
Notice the spots differ from the top petal to the two flanking petals
God created an amazing design!
The orchids are an explosion of color during a time when the landscape outside is not.  (Winter in the midwest features a lot of neutrals - grays, browns,  and whites if there is snow)

Orchids 04 by Jeanne Selep
Orchid Image 04

I love the amazing patterns...
[ Notice how the speckles change from the top petal to the two flanking petals
God created an amazing design! ]

Orchids 05 by Jeanne Selep
Orchid Image 05

... the saturated colors...

Orchids 06 by Jeanne Selep
Orchid Image 06

the shapes...
[ Notice how tiny fuzzy hairs on the salmon "slipper" above (better seen zoomed in) - Velvety texture ]

Orchids 07 by Jeanne Selep
Orchid Image 07
and variety of flowers labeled orchids.

Orchids 08 by Jeanne Selep
Orchid Image 08

The show is housed in the Regenstein Center, a beautiful contemporary building with 3 greenhouses built in 1976 featuring wood and brick, natural light and lots of space. 

Orchid 09 by Jeanne Selep
Orchid Image 09

For the 6 weeks of the show, huge displays of over 10,000 orchid plants are designed, installed and maintained in the 3 greenhouses and other large gathering rooms in the center.

Orchid 10 at the Chicago Botanic Garden by Jeanne Selep
Orchid Image 10
This is not a weekend show hosted by an Orchid club.  But for even more orchids, I like to come on the weekend when the Illinois Orchid Society holds their Spring Show and Sale and their members bring in their knowledge and cherished plants....
(March 14-15 2020 this year)

Orchid 11 at the Chicago Botanic Garden by Jeanne Selep
Orchid Image 11

My photos in this post are flower focused, (pun intended) and don't try to show the installations and the space.  (There is only so much time and this post already has many pictures!)  

The Chicago Botanic Garden's website here can give you another view.  I highly recommend this show,  and every year I look forward to seeing it.     

Click on the images to see them enlarged. (Yes, you can see these images even larger!)  The best way to see the images in their largest format is to (on a windows system) right click on the image and select "open in new tab" from the option box that opens. This bypasses software that limits the size of the image opened.  On the newly opened image, click on the image again to see it  zoomed maximum.

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Another Orchid Show
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Lydia C. Lee said...

They're such interesting flowers #AnythingGoes

Isabel para ALROMASAR said...

Lovely post!

EricaSta said...

Wow... there are such beautiful flowers.

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

You captured the orchids so beautifully. Gorgeous colors!

Joanne said...

Oh my goodness; those are such beautiful blooms.

Tamar SB said...

Just stunning!!

Powell River Books said...

Orchids are so lovely. - Margy

Veronica Lee said...

WOW! These orchids are gorgeous!

Happy Tuesday!

Fun60 said...

Love the variety and vivid colours. Absolutly stunning.

eileeninmd said...


Gorgeous orchids, what a lovely variety! Enjoy your day, wishing you a great week ahead.

Peabea Scribbles said...

Such a lovely and unusual looking flower. I really know nothing about them so the show would be interesting.

junieper2/jesh StG said...

This is the third time I look at these stunning beauties - and am still speechless! The color, the print, the shape - everything is perfect on these orchids!What a lovely contribution to All Seasons! I could not be happier and more excited! Many thanks and have a grand week! Hope you know that you can also link with "little" happenings as seasonal experiences experiences? Have an awesome week:)

Saša S. said...

Beautiful post. Some varieties of orchids are amazing.

betty-NZ said...

I really enjoy seeing the different types of orchids! They are so lovely with such vibrant colors and different shapes.

Thanks for linking up at 'My Corner of the World' this week!

My Corner of the World

NCSue said...

Such lovely orchids! A beautiful display!
Thank you for sharing at

Michelle said...

These flowers are exquisite!


Jaśmin said...

These photos of orchids are insane. And the orchids themselves are amazingly beautiful.

Linda On Poinsettia Drive said...

I’m so excited you’ve been PINKED on Classy Flamingos! Absolutely amazing, thanks for sharing.

The Gregor Family said...

These orchids are absolutely beautiful!! Thank you for sharing at the Friday at the Fire Station link up. You will be featured this week! :)

Sandi Magle said...

Totally gorgeous flowers and exquisite photos!!!!

Sandra @ Dinner at Eight said...

Jeanne, thank you for introducing us to such a remarkable orchid show. It's been a long time since I was in Chicago, but to see this may just draw me back! Such wildly diverse forms and colors, amazing patterns and details, all to attract pollinators.