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The San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) hosts its second annual showcase, World of Orchids, to kickstart Mother's day weekend. 

Visitors will be greeted with vibrant colors, elegant shapes, and intoxicating shapes in the SDBG’’s 800 square foot glass-enclosed facility, according to President and CEO Ari Novy, Ph.D. The annual showcase opens to the public on May 7 and runs through June 12. 

“Orchids comprise one of the largest and most diverse families of flowering plants in the world. With hundreds of different species and hybrids on display, this show offers even seasoned collectors the opportunity to discover a strange and delightful new orchid,” Novy said. 

On Sundays and Mondays, 9- 10 am, garden members can enter the World of Orchids exhibition for a private "Member Hour", during which other visitors are permitted to roam the rest of the Garden. On select days, the show will feature sales of plants, potting materials, reference guides, and other merchandise by vendors, conservation organizations, and local orchid societies.

SDBG’s highly awarded Artist-in-Residence, René van Rems, AIFD, serves as Creative Director for the exhibit for the second year in a row. Van Rems will design a new display for each of the five weeks, allowing visitors to experience changing flowers and arrangements across multiple visits.

“​​The stunning designs will feature impressive specimens, locally-bred hybrids, and rare species displayed in unique and unexpected ways. In addition to the many orchids that already grow in the conservatory’s ‘plant chandeliers’,” reads a statement from the SDBG. 

Displays will include plants on loan from private growers, including members of the San Diego County and Palomar Orchid Societies, as well as plants and materials sourced from local businesses. 

Members of SDBG and other gardens participating in the American Horticultural Society's Reciprocal Admissions Program get free admission. Non-member admissions range from $12 to $18. Entrance to the exhibition includes access to the rest of the garden’s 37 acres during the visit.

Reservations are strongly recommended, with the exception of qualified Museums for All visitors. Walk-in admission may not be guaranteed on high-volume days.

For more information, visit the San Diego Botanical Garden website

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