THE ORCHID SHOW
FEBRUARY 1–MARCH 31
INCLUDED WITH ADMISSION

Tower Hill’s Orchid Show is inspired by the vibrant colors of street art and blends custom-made graffiti art by local Worcester artist Croc and stunning plant displays created by our Horticultural team. As you explore the Limonaia and Milton Gallery, we invite you to enjoy the art and plant displays featuring over 500 orchids. Discover the complex relationships between animals (humans included!) and their environment.

Street art adds color and highlights the vibrancy of urban, public spaces which often have little plant life. By combining the two we hope to encourage discussion about the relationship we have with nature and to highlight the value of diversity in both people and nature.

Click to learn more about graffiti through the ages here.

About Orchids: There are more than 22,000 species in the orchid family (Orchidaceae), making it the second largest flowering plant family. Orchids are extremely adaptable, and grow on every continent in the world except Antiartica. Orchid species can differ greatly from one another, in size, weight, and color. Orchid flowers range from no more than 0.1 inch to over a foot long. Orchids fall into two main categories: epiphytic (growing with roots above ground) and terrestrial (growing with roots in the ground).

Orchid flowers also have several unique physical traits that make them stand out. All orchids have three sepals (modified leaves) and three petals, one of which, called the labellum or lip, is specialized to attract pollinators. The lip is usually very colorful or has a special shape to attract insects for pollination; it also serves as a landing pad for visiting insects. Unlike most flowers, the male and female parts in orchids are combined into the column. Click here to read more about orchids and their pollinators.

DISPLAYS
In the Limonaia and Milton Gallery Exhibits
February 1 – March 31
Escape from the winter into Tower Hill’s lush conservatories filled with a one-of-a-kind display of orchids and street art. It’s an experience unlike any other in the region.

  • Visitors of all ages can collaborate on a wall art project.
  • Check out a discovery backpack featuring watercolor kits for budding artists.
  • Using our orchid finders, visitors can ‘put a name to the face’ of the orchids while viewing the show.
  • Inspired by Croc’s art, visitors will be able to create their own word art on our giant magnetic poetry board.

EVENTS

Saturday & Sunday, March 14 & 15, 10am–4pm
Gorgeous floral arrangements filled with orchids and inspired by street art adorn Tower Hill at this special event weekend. Join in the fun and contribute an arrangement; all levels are welcome! Enjoy floral design demonstrations, drop-in activities, and captivating floral arrangements.

Flower Design Demonstrations:

  • Saturday March 14, 11:30am – 12:30pm
  • Sunday, March 15, 11:30am – 12:30pm

The public is welcome to a post-show orchid sale from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Most of the orchids seen during the Orchid Show will be available for sale, including: Dendrobium, Phalaenopsis, Miltonia, Paphiopedilum, and much more. Ferns, philodendrons, bromeliads, and airplants will also be available. Easy to follow care sheets will be available upon request. Staff expect the plants to sell fast and they are available on a first come, first served basis.

PROGRAMS
What’s Your Plant Story? Zine Workshop / Saturday, February 8, 1–3pm

What’s My Orchid Telling Me Now? / Sunday, February 16, 1:30–3pm

Orchid Terrariums | Ages 6+ / Saturday, February 22, 10:30am–12pm

Hands-On with Tower Hill Treasures: Orchids / Saturday & Sunday, March 7 & 8 / 1:30–2:30pm

Orchids of Massachusetts with Robert Wernerehl and Karro Frost / Tuesday, March 10 / 6–8pm