Dear Friends, Some of you may know that I recently moved to the Chicago area. One of the first things my husband did for me as a treat was get us a family membership to the Chicago Botanica Gardens. I was beyond thrilled as I play in the garden and am in the process of starting a new garden, so I run over often for inspiration. Their formal gardens are unreal but they also have special shows, and we were lucky enough to visit the Orchid Show.

The Orchid Show started on February 12 and ran through March 27th.

First of all I was shocked beyond words to see the variety of orchids on display.

It was billed as 10,000 orchids and I have to say we were stunned by the variety and the numbers...

Our breath was taken away by the presentation. Yes, these are orchids hanging from the ceiling!

The glass houses were chocked full with orchids forming arches you could walk under.

I am partial to pansies--even my dog has a pansy face, so you can imagine my thrill when I saw pansy orchids.

The clusters, which I am sure is not the right word, were unreal...bouquets of orchids growing together.

The colors ran the gambit but this deep coral with shades of salmon was very impressive...it looked like velvet...

One of their features was an old piano with orchids...

They have a little bit of a feel of iris, which is why I grow iris in my garden.

The detail was almost not to be believed...

I am partial to pink and orange--very Coco Chanel!