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Escape Winter at the Arboretum’s Orchid Celebration in February

Tracy Walsh
Preview Event is Feb. 12; Exhibit Opens Feb. 13

art4-1_600px.jpgChaska, Minn. (Jan. 8, 2008) – Escape the icy blasts of winter and feast your eyes on some exquisite tropical beauties at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s “Totally Orchids – Delight at First Sight” exhibit, opening Friday, Feb. 13, in the Arboretum’s Oswald Visitor Center.

The orchid show, presented by Orchids Limited of Plymouth and the Arboretum, will feature a wide array of unique species and select hybrids, all arranged in attractive planters on eye-level pedestals. The display will continue through March 8 and is free with gate admission ($7 adults).

Several complementary events are planned during the “Totally Orchids” exhibit. Check out these activities (all free with gate admission unless otherwise noted):

  • A special preview event, “Orchids Tropical Fantasy,” on Thursday evening, Feb. 12, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. will provide a first-glance at the orchid exhibit, plus a silent auction, mini-classes and orchid sales. Preview event tickets, at $35 each, also cover appetizers, wines and non-alcoholic drinks. Hosted by the Arboretum Auxiliary and co-sponsored by Orchids Limited. Reservations at or by calling the Auxiliary at 952-443-1400, ext. 7052.

  • Talks With Orchid Experts: 1-3 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays, Feb. 13-March 8, Visitor Center.

  • Orchid Plant Sales: Purchase orchids, orchid books, fertilizer trays and other supplies for orchid growing, Arboretum Gift Store.

  • Growing Orchids” class: March 1, 1-3 p.m., Oswald Visitor Center. (Call 952-443-1422.)

  • Orchid Symposium with the Orchid Society of Minnesota: Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $35-$65, Oswald Visitor Center. Gain insight from the experts. (Call 952-443-1422.)

With over 28,000 species and more than 300,000 cultivars, orchids belong to the most diverse family of plants known to man. They are also extremely adaptable – growing in tundra, rainforest, desert and swamps. In fact, more than 45 types of orchids grow natively in Minnesota.

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