5 things to know about 2016 Orchid Mania at Cleveland Botanical Garden

EVELAND, Ohio — Orchid Mania, the annual blast of color and aromas celebrating the elegant orchid, is headed to the tropics.

This year’s theme at Orchid Mania at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, from Saturday, Jan. 30 to Sunday, March 6, is Cuba, “because it’s suddenly open to the U.S.,” said Cynthia Druckenbrod, vice president of horticulture.

The botanical garden’s Eppig Gallery wall will be transformed into colorful Cuban apartments with orchids spilling out of window boxes, and Clark Hall will feature a tropical beach scene. Cultural elements that make Cuba iconic, such as dominoes and salsa music, will be a part of Orchid Mania.

“Come down and warm up in the glasshouse and be surrounded by color and Cuba,” Druckenbrod said.

The photo gallery with this story shows images from the 2015 show.

Here are five things you need to know about Orchid Mania:

1. More than 1,000 orchid plants in 200 varieties will be on display. “It’s different every year because we never know what’s in bloom,” Druckenbrod said. Weather is a factor in places where orchids are grown outdoors, such as California and Hawaii.

2. Many orchids also come from local nurseries, such as Windswept in Time in Broadview Heights, and Green Circle Growers in Oberlin. Green Circle Growers is one of the largest orchid suppliers the United States, Druckenbrod said.

3. The Greater Cleveland Orchid Society Show and Vendor Sale, sponsored by the Greater Cleveland Orchid Society, is from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13-14. The show and sale includes a judged orchid show and vendors selling orchid plants. Free with botanical garden admission. On Saturday, orchid vendors will open for orchid sales beginning at 10 a.m., and the public can see the juried show starting at noon. Go to the botanical garden website for details.

4. Dresses inspired by orchids and created by students from the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Kent State University will be on display during Orchid Mania.

5. The Garden of Good and Evil: A Night in Havana, a fundraising benefit for the botanical garden, is from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, Feb. 19. Tickets are $100 for botanical garden or Holden Arboretum members, $125 for non-members.

If You Go

Orchid Mania

Saturday, Jan. 30-Sunday, March 6

Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd., Cleveland

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday

Orchid Mania is free with botanical garden admission, which is no charge for botanical garden and Holden Arboretum members; non-member adults $11; non-member children 3-12 is $6; and children under 3 admitted free.

*Source: Cleveland.com