ORANGE — Come celebrate the orchid, one of the most beautiful flowers in the world, at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in Orange, Texas, from Oct. 6 - Oct. 13.
At Shangri La, there will be daily tours of the Exhibition Greenhouses, classes and presentations highlighting the orchid, and a variety of orchids will also be available for purchase at Shangri La’s Garden Store. In addition to the events at Shangri La, both the Stark Museum of Art and The W.H. Stark House are hosting activities related to orchids. For more information or to download a printable itinerary, visit www.shangrilagardens.org.
Classes and Discussions at Shangri La
• Saturday, Oct. 6, (9:30 a.m.) - Saturday Adventure Series: The Poetry of Plants - Let the works of poets spark your own Shangri La writing experience. Using orchids as inspiration, learn about and write your own orchid haiku. Brave participants might even share their poetry! This program will start and end in the Nature Discovery Lab, and will include a stroll through the Epiphyte Greenhouse. Presented by Amanda Noble. Space is limited. RSVP by calling 409-670-9799.
• Saturday, Oct. 6 (11 a.m.) - Paradise Preserved: Adventures in the Brazilian Atlantic Rain Forest - Join Darrin Duling, Director of Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, in a visual journey to the Macae de Cima Forest Reserve in the Organ Mountains of Brazil. This 38,000-acre tropical mountain paradise, full of endangered orchids and other rare plants, exist only through the efforts of one couple’s 30-year struggle to keep loggers and developers away. Enjoy images of breath-taking vistas and beautiful flowers that still remain in this small portion of pristine rainforest. Space is limited. RSVP by calling 409-670-9799.
• Saturday, Oct. 13 (9:30 a.m.) - Saturday Adventure Series: I Scream for Orchids - We all know how delicious vanilla bean flavors are, but did you know that the vanilla bean is actually the seed pod of an orchid? In this program we will be talking about the vanilla orchid, making vanilla ice cream, and talking about other uses of edible orchids around the world. Ice cream lovers of all ages will enjoy this program. Presentation by Kaycee Dortch. Space is limited. RSVP by calling 409-670-9799.