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Orchid Escape

January 28 - February 28, 2023

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily

The circus is coming to the tropical Bolz Conservatory this winter!

Come one, come all, and gather Under the Glass Top of Olbrich’s Bolz Conservatory for Orchid Escape. Only in town for a limited engagement, be the first to witness the greatest show of plant diversity on Earth, featuring the fantastic Orchid Family.

Bring a friend and be amazed by the dizzying aerialist feats of phalaenopsis orchids flying overhead. Find orchids of every stripe under the big tent, from delicate Dancing Lady oncidiums to freaky bulbophyllum that reek of carrion. Be prepared to see some of the biggest, weirdest, most beautiful flowers the world has ever seen, straight from Olbrich’s mind-boggling orchid collection.

Step right up to the strongest man in the Midwest lifting unearthly amounts of orchids in baskets that would tip the scales. It’s guaranteed to be more fun than a ride in a hot-air balloon! During dreary February, everyone is just about ready to join the circus - at least for a few spins around the finest glasshouse in town.

Orchids have played a central role at the gardens since the opening of the Bolz Conservatory in 1991, and the permanent collections have grown significantly over the past few decades. To reflect this, the Conservatory team set out to create new programming that would highlight the beauty and variety of this unique plant family. The show will incorporate both new orchids special ordered from vendors as well as specimens from the permanent collections. 


Thank You to Our 2023 Sponsors

The Jenni & Kyle Foundation

Marlette Larsen



$8 - General Admission

$5 - Child (ages 6-12)

FREE - Ages 5 & under

FREE - Olbrich members (adult/child)



Sales begin online March 2, 10 a.m.

At the conclusion of Orchid Escape a selection of orchids featured in the Bolz Conservatory will be offered for sale online. Customers purchase orchids by type online and then select individual plants from that type in person on the pick up date.

Orchid Types

  • 3" Phalaenopsis - $13
  • 4" Phalaenopsis - $22
  • Oncidium (including intergeneric) - $16
  • Paphiopedilum - $18
  • Premium Paphiopedilum (Bulldogs) - $26

Pricing per plant. Onsite sales not available. Reduced pricing reflects this prior usage.


Orchid pick-up

Saturday, March 4, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Olbrich member benefit - early bird pick-up starting at 8 a.m. - Join to today!

What to expect -

  • Pick-up location - Olbrich Gardens' Evjue Commons (straight back, through the lobby)
  • Upon entry into the Evjue Commons, customers will enter a waiting line.
  • Maximum of four customers will be allowed into the pick-up area to select their pre-purchased orchids.
  • Customers select their pre-purchased orchids according to the color coded tags designating the types of orchid.
    • Be sure to locate your receipt prior to arriving at the Gardens. Your receipt displays which color tags you will be selecting your orchids from.
  • Specific colors and varieties are not guaranteed - subject to availability upon arrival.
    • "Go with the flow" is the motto here!
    • The GOAL - raise funds to support the Gardens while offering the opportunity for folks to purchase discounted orchids.
  • Depending on availability you may receive an orchid that is currently not in bloom.
  • Once you have selected your orchids a volunteer will verify your order based on your receipt and the color coded tags. Have your receipt ready on your phone or a printed copy.
  • Please bring your own bags / boxes to protect your orchids from the cold and secure your new plant babies for transport.

Orchid care

Need more information on how to properly care for your new orchids - check out the American Orchid Society culture sheets.



Contact Missy Jeanne, Special Projects Manager

THANK YOU for supporting Olbrich Botanical Gardens!


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