Tours and Exhibits
• Shangri La Exhibition Greenhouses Tours - Join Jennifer Buckner, Horticulture Specialist in a guided tour through the Exhibition Greenhouses. In celebration of the annual festival, special orchids will be on display, including some that grow wild in our natural environment. Daily tours of the Exhibition Greenhouses will give visitors the opportunity to see heirloom orchids such as Bowring’s Cattleya. This variety of orchid was grown in the original greenhouse once located on the grounds of The W.H. Stark House. Space is limited. RSVP by calling 409-670-9799.
Greenhouse tours are free to the public and will take place at the following times: 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6; 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7; 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9; 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10; 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 11; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12; 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13.
Visitors wishing to tour the Botanical Gardens must pay admission. Located at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange, Texas, Shangri La is open to the public 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, noon - 5 p.m., Sundays. For more information, visit www.shangrilagardens.org.
• Stark Museum of Art Orchid Exhibition and Spotlight - The Museum will have a mini-exhibit, “Orchid Festival,” which features lithographs of exotic orchids from rare books in the Museum’s collection. Librarian Jenniffer Hudson Connors will give a spotlight “Obsessed with Orchids: Botanical Art of the Nineteenth Century” about the role of artists and publishers in satisfying the public fascination with orchids during the 1800s. The spotlight times are: 12:45 p.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6; 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9; 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10.
Located at 712 Green Ave. in Orange, Texas, the Stark Museum of Art is open to the public 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free for all ages. Group tours are available by appointment. For more information, call 409-886-2787 or visit www.starkmuseum.org.