Orchids Forever

Escape the cold this winter and experience a variety of exotic orchids at Cleveland Botanical Garden's Orchids Forever.

Orchids Forever 2023

Saturday, January 28th – Sunday, March 12th

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.

Hours & Admission

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Sundays: Noon – 5 p.m.
  • Mondays: Closed*

The Botanical Garden will be closed on Mondays except for Monday, February 20th, when the exhibit will be open from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Please note hours are subject to change. 

  • Adults: $20
  • Children (3 – 12 years old): $14
  • Children (2 and under): Free
  • Members are always free

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The Ellipse (Main Lobby) will transport visitors into the colorful world of orchids with 4 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.  

Silk paintings by Gunter Schwegler will be featured throughout the café.  

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 holdenfg.org 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!  

Classes & Events

Virtual Ask an Orchid Doctor

Sat., Feb. 11 – Sat., Feb. 25 (Select dates)

Join us for a free, virtual information session on orchid care!

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Behind-the-Scenes Orchid Photography

Sun., Feb. 5, 2023

Join a photography workshop to capture the Orchids Forever exhibit up close.

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Painting Orchids in Watercolor

Sat., Feb. 18, 2023

Create your own watercolor painting, inspired by Orchids Forever!

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Greater Cleveland Orchid Society Orchid Show

Sat., Feb. 4 – Sun., Feb. 5

A beautiful selection of orchids will be on display and for sale from local vendors.

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Winter Warmup

Sat., Feb. 18, 2023 | 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Tune in to the sounds of a harpsichord, tempt your tastebuds with a hot toddy selection and take in the tropics with our dynamic display of orchids.

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Orchid Repotting for Beginners

Sun., Feb. 12, 2023

Learn the basics of orchid repotting and practice on a phalaenopsis to take home!

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