February 8 - April 13
Orchid Daze: Impressionists celebrates the work of three artists who found creative energy in the beauty of landscapes: Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet and Paul Gauguin. The exhibition showcases the artists eye-opening ways of seeing and perceiving the world.
Van Gogh’s mad genius fuels the design for the Conservatory Lobby. Metal spirals above visitors’ heads support a “starry night” of jewel-like miniature orchids. Curvilinear planter beds ascend from the floor to waist height, allowing eye-level floral views. Upright spikes of Dancing Lady orchids (Odontoglossum) echo the wheat fields the artist painted. The color scheme captures Van Gogh’s frenetic energy: Oranges and yellows contrast delightfully with blues and whites.
Monet reigns in the Orchid Atrium. The centerpiece is a tranquil pool filled with planters of massed orchids suggesting clusters of “water lilies.” Lilac, pink and salmon Pansy Orchids (Miltonia) and Cattleya hybrids appear to float above the reflective surface in an abstracted homage to the artist’s most famous paintings. Delicate wooden railings float over the water and suggest the elegance of Giverny's iconic bridge. Potted willows start the show as bare brown silhouettes, then scintillate with golden catkins, and finally unfold in a diversity of greens. Miniature orchids and grass-like plants create jeweled tapestries beneath the trees.
The Orchid Display House is the ideal location to celebrate Gauguin and the vibrancy of his polychromatic tropical visions. Striking blue Vandas, flaming orange/red/pink Masdevillas, and sunset yellow Nun’s Orchids radiate the energy he found in island life. Planter forms and colors recreate in three dimensions the complex layered spaces of his paintings. Look closely: Some of Gauguin’s trademark female figures may appear amongst the foliage.
Guided Exhibition Tours
Orchid Care Clinics
Gallery Exhibition: Exotic Tropicals
Orchid Market Weekends