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Orchids Take Over Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

The Orchid Exhibit opens to visitors, with hundreds on display

Orchids are beautiful flowers but they can be tricky to take care of properly.

Amanda Bettin, horticulturist at Franklin Park Conservatory, gives advice to keep your orchid alive. 

“It's not tough; there are a lot of different kinds of orchids," she said. "There are some general tips to follow."

Bettin suggests putting orchids near a bright light to make sure it gets the proper sunlight to grow. 

“Maybe put them near an east or west window," Bettin said.

She also cautions about giving orchids too much water. Too much of a good thing could do them harm. 

"Don't over water them. You can take them out of a pot and water the roots," she said. "Watering them about once a week is good. Also, bring them outside in the summer.”

Now through March 6, the orchid exhibition is running at The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Visitors can enjoy a dreamy display of soft hued blooms and tropical plants in the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse. Additional orchids are on view throughout the Conservatory’s indoor gardens. 

“We're going to have a total of 25 hundred orchids on display. It's a great time to see the orchids you can grow at home if you take my tips,” Bettin said. “If you're here visiting there's always someone here who can answer a question for you”.

To find out more about the Orchid Exhibit and to learn about other displays and classes available at The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, click here.