Orchid mania blooms at the Garden

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Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden has paired the best of its vast collection of colorful orchids and tropical plants with a selection of 19th century botanical prints for “Art & Orchids: Victorian Botanicals.”

Take a horticultural journey through the Victorian Era with a selection of antique prints from local collector Craig McCausland complimented by a gorgeous Victorian-inspired living display celebrating the “orchid mania” of the 19th century with a hand-selected collection of orchids and tropical plants.

Botanical illustrations have served as documentation of an incredibly diverse array of plant species across cultures and throughout history. Such illustrations lined the pages of publications paired with tales of their discovery, medicinal properties, characteristics and more. Colorful images printed from etched plates began to grace the pages of magazines and books throughout the Victorian Era and today those prints remain highly collectible and desirable. The discovery, collection and documentation of orchids in that era drove explorers to all corners of the world in a craze such that it was dubbed “Orchidelirium.”

All the works on display, framed with custom preservation-quality materials, are available for sale.


Children’s Art Weekend: March 4 – 5
This weekend will be dedicated to fostering and celebrating the creativity of children with hands-on activities, crafts, face painting and more. Hours: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Art & Orchids, on display through March 19, is free with general Garden admission. General admission is $12.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors 60+, and $6.95 for children 2-12.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is located at 6500 South New Hope Road in Belmont, N.C. The Garden is open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday.

For more information visit dsbg.org.