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Take a Tropical Escape with Orchids Forever at Cleveland Botanical Garden

Photo courtesy of Holden Forests and Gardens

Be amazed by orchids at every turn at the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s annual flower show, Orchids Forever. Running now through Sunday, March 12, 2023, escape to a tropical paradise and bring stunning colors into your life with Orchids Forever.  
Tickets are on sale now. Purchase tickets in advance at  
This year’s show will highlight the vibrant colors and uniqueness of orchids. Species like Phalaenopsis, Dendrobium, and Cymbidium come in hues of pink, white, purple, orange, and yellow—nature’s color palette. Guests will be presented with remarkable visuals of orchids and neon-colored lights throughout the indoor garden and rainforest biomes, a dreamscape for flower lovers, and endless photo opportunities for all.
“The orchid is perhaps the most stunning flower on Earth – maybe more so as each one seems to be looking back at us. The orchid is equal parts mystifying, awe-inspiring and delicate, yet growing in some of the earth’s most challenging conditions,” said Caroline Tait, vice President of Horticulture and Collections. “Being in the presence of nature’s beauties and looking closely promotes a sense of calm and the fast pace of life melts away. It’s a crowning example of why nature is so wonderful for our mental health. In this year’s show, we celebrate the cultivated orchid’s beauty: vibrant colors, intricate patterns, and distinctive forms.”  
Showcasing over 100 different types of orchids, Orchids Forever will display more than 3,000 flowers from all over the world.  
  • The Ellipse (main lobby) will transport visitors into the colorful world of orchids with four neon-lit selfie-worthy displays surrounding a center bed of orchids varying in elevation in shades of yellow, pink, salmon, and purple.   
  • The Glasshouse will have stunning horticultural vignettes with orchids from every angle! High and low, no matter where you look, there will be a unique flower to admire.    
  • Eppig Gallery will feature large-scale photo scans of orchids and beautiful vignettes showing off the details of rare orchids and their variety of colors.  
Orchids conquered every environment on earth apart from the dry deserts and Antarctica and are the largest and most diverse of the flowering plant family. This year, Orchids Forever will bring thousands of these exotic and elegant tropical flowers to the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Each type of orchid has its own personality shown through its rare coloration and striking form. 
One of the most important things we can do to help conserve orchids is to learn more about these incredible flowers so we can better understand their needs.  

Events & More

In the Eleanor Squire Library: Visit the garden library to peruse books about orchids and more, for children and adults. The library is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. and Sundays from 10-4 p.m. Schedule permitting, please check for updates.  
In the Garden Store: Orchids, including some exotic varieties, will be available for purchase at the Garden Store along with soil, fertilizer, and pots specifically for orchids. Take home a beautiful orchid to enjoy (virtually) forever!  

Orchids Forever 
hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.– 8 p.m., and Sundays Noon – 5 p.m. The Botanical Garden will be closed on Mondays except for Monday, February 20, when the exhibit will be open from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Please note hours are subject to change, check for updated information.    
Orchids Forever admission is $20 per adult and $14 per child ages three to 12 (free for children two and under). Admission is free for Holden Forests & Gardens members. The Botanical Garden is at 11030 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio.  Indoor parking is available for a fee based on availability. For complete details about Orchids Forever, visit