Stories and Species of the Victorian Era

Feb. 7-23, 2020

Become immersed in beautiful blooms throughout the ProMedica Museum of Natural History and Aquarium during the Orchid Show at the Toledo Zoo! Discover the vibrant colors, delightful scents and interesting backstories of rare and exotic orchid species from around the world. February is for flowers at the Toledo Zoo!

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily
Included with Zoo admission unless otherwise indicated (*Separate fee)

Once Upon a Vine

Feb. 7 in The Great Hall
6:30 p.m.
*Separate fee

An orchid inspired five-course dinner with specialty wine pairing and short live auction.

Conservation Series

Feb. 12 in The Great Hall
6 – 8 p.m.

Join us for a presentation on the Zoo’s native orchid program.

Valentine’s Day Wine & Dine

Feb. 14 in the Aquarium
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
*Separate fee

Enjoy an intimate evening with gourmet meal, paired wines, live entertainment and penguin encounter.

Terrarium Classes

*Separate fee

Feb. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23
1 p.m. in the Relic Room

Photography Workshops

*Separate fee

Feb. 9, 9 – 11 a.m.
Studio Photography

Feb. 16, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Real-World Photography

Tech Talks

Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. in Tropics
Getting Technical: White Lady’s Slipper Orchid

The Lady’s Slipper family is by far one of the strangest yet most beautiful examples of the complex relationship between floral taxonomy and pollination. Dr. Ryan Walsh, Conservation Coordinator at the Toledo Zoo, received his Ph.D. from BGSU on the pollination and evolution of the North American small white lady’s slipper orchid, Cypripedium candidum. Dr. Walsh will discuss the science behind the complex and cunning relationship the orchid has with its unsuspecting pollinator, as well as the conservation and future of this amazing native plant.

Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. in Tropics
Flower Facts: The wonderful and mysterious world of orchids

Orchids are the largest flowering plant family on earth with more than 20,000 species discovered globally. Their myriad of floral forms all come from a single goal, attract a pollinator and pass on their genes. Dr. Ryan Walsh, Conservation Coordinator at the Toledo Zoo, will discuss the various ways orchids have evolved mechanisms to entice and sometimes trick pollinators to do their bidding, as well as the history of orchids’ newest unwitting victim/pollinator, humans!

Home Gardening

Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. in the Relic Room
Orchids are Easy: Care and cultivation of Orchids at home

Dr. Ryan Walsh, Conservation Coordinator at the Toledo Zoo, will cover all the basics of Orchid cultivation so you too can grow and flower orchids in your home. Topics will include picking correct types of orchids for your growing conditions, repotting, watering and how to get your orchids to bloom again and again. With more than 20,000 orchid species in the world and hundreds of thousands of hybrids and named cultivars, there are orchids that will grow in nearly any conditions, with proper care.

Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. in the Relic Room
Learn how to properly care for and propagate tropical begonias at home

Tropical begonias make excellent companion plants to orchids with their colorful foliage providing visual interest year-round, particularly when orchids are not in flower. Jacob Schoen, Conservation Biologist at the Toledo Zoo, will cover the care and requirements of several begonias
that will grow excellently along-side your orchid collection, as well as how to easily propagate your begonias to provide a limitless supply of these sparkling plants for yourself, friends and family.

Orchid Plant Sale

Feb. 24 in The Great Hall
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.