When: Feb. 6-March 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 2016
Henry Shaw acquired his first orchids from Mrs. Henry T. Blow, whose husband was Minister of Brazil. The Missouri Botanical Garden orchid collection has grown steadily since that 1876 gift, and now numbers around 7,000 plants representing 3,202 species. The garden's annual orchid show allows the public to experience these exotic beauties without the need for a friend in Brazil. The specimens in the show are regularly rotated out, so the more times you visit, the more orchids you'll see. The orchid show is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (February 6 to March 27) at the Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard; 314-577-9400 or www.mobot.org). Tickets are $5, in addition to regular garden admission ($4 to $8).
Price: $5 in addition to regular garden admission ($4-$8)