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1# – How did the Garden’s orchid collection start?

1# – How did the Garden’s orchid collection start?
8 years, 6 months ago The creation of the world-class orchid collection at the Missouri Botanical Garden did not occur overnight. It is the culmination of many research trips to the tropics and donations both local and from afar. In 1876, Mrs. Henry T. Blow presented Garden ... The creation

2# – Has the orchid collection ever been in danger?

2# – Has the orchid collection ever been in danger?
8 years, 6 months ago The Missouri Botanical Garden has a long and proud history, but our orchids didn’t always grow here. Back in 1926, the collection was threatened by dirty city air from coal smoke and industrial pollution. So, the Garden moved them 30 miles west, to Gray ... The Misso

3# – Where else has the Garden’s orchid collection been ...

3# – Where else has the Garden’s orchid collection been displayed?
8 years, 6 months ago The Garden’s orchid collection has a historic connection with one of St. Louis’s longest standing traditions. The Veiled Prophet Parade is one of the country’s oldest parades. The first one was held in 1878, sponsored by a group of civic leaders who ... The Garde

4# – How large is the orchid collection today?

4# – How large is the orchid collection today?
8 years, 6 months ago The Garden’s orchid collection is one of the largest and finest in the country. We grow more than 8,100 orchid plants behind the scenes, in our greenhouses. They make up our largest living collection, representing over 2,500 unique species, varieties and ... The Gard

5# – Does climate change threaten orchids?

5# – Does climate change threaten orchids?
8 years, 6 months ago Orchids are often endangered with extinction in nature. Wild populations are often over collected by humans. Many species are highly adapted to a specific habitat, soil, or pollinator, making them very vulnerable to climate change. All orchids at the ... Orchids are o

6# – How is this orchid display created?

6# – How is this orchid display created?
8 years, 6 months ago The orchid display starts as a concept more than a year before its installation. The show changes themes each year. New props specific to each show are designed and built, and the display is installed by a team of Horticulture staff and volunteers. Each ... The orchid

7# – Where would I find orchids in the wild?

7# – Where would I find orchids in the wild?
8 years, 6 months ago Orchids are the largest family of flowering plants in the world, with some 30 to 35,000 species. That’s nearly 10 percent of all flowering plants! They grow on every continent except Antarctica. About 200 orchid species grow in North America. Thousands ... Orchids a

8# – Where can I learn how to grow orchids?

8# – Where can I learn how to grow orchids?
8 years, 6 months ago The Garden offers a number of sources for plant care advice. You can call us on weekday mornings at (314) 577-5143. For fact sheets prepared by the Kemper Center for Home Gardening, go online to www.gardeninghelp.org. Stop by the Kemper Center to use ... The Garden off