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Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 5:32 pm | Updated: 9:17 pm, Tue Feb 4, 2014.

The Missouri Botanical Garden’s annual orchid show focuses on South America this year. The annual show offers visitors a once-a-year opportunity to see a rotating display of hundreds of orchids from the Garden’s expansive permanent living collection.

The 2014 show, which runs Feb. 1-March 23, is inspired by the work of Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. Visitors can stroll along the curved paths to water elements, living walls and vibrant colors as they leave Missouri behind and journey to a modernist, tropical display.

The Orchid Show is a temporary display built from the ground up inside the 5,000-square-foot Orthwein Floral Display Hall. Show themes change annually to offer visitors new ways to view the collection.

More than 500 orchids will be displayed as they would be found in the natural habitats with terrestrial orchids at ground level and ephiphytic orchids suspended atop tree branches. Orchids vary in size and color and include a number of varieties, including Brassavola, Cattleya, Epidendrum, Gongora, Oncidium and Vanilla

The Garden’s sizeable orchid collection includes more than 7,000 individual orchid plants representing approximately 280 genera and more than 2,000 unique orchid taxa. Throughout the year, Garden horticulturists care for the collection behind the scenes in the private greenhouse range.

Horticulturists juggle temperatures inside greenhouses to force the winter bloom of as many plants as possible for the annual Orchid Show. Spent blooms are replaced with new ones on a daily basis, shifting the look and landscape of the show throughout its run.

Photographers are welcome to use hand-held cameras to capture the Orchid Show for personal enjoyment; tripod and monopod usage is not permitted indoors.

The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis, accessible from Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit and from Interstate 64 at the Kingshighway exit. Free parking is available on site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer.

For general information, people can visit www.mobot.org or call 1‑800‑642‑8842.

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