Orchids: Amazing Adaptations

February 16, 2019 - April 28, 2019
Yellow orchid against a black background
Image courtesy of Smithsonian Institution Gardens


Escape the winter cold and step into a floral oasis in the Kogod Courtyard with Orchids: Amazing Adaptations. A joint collaboration with Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Gardens, and the U.S. Botanic Garden, this installation fills the museums’ courtyard with hundreds of orchids of stunning variety. Did you know that orchids are found on every continent except Antarctica? The gorgeous presentation showcases how orchids have adapted to their many different environments.

When you visit, stop by the museums’ Courtyard Café for treats that feature orchid-inspired flavors like vanilla, and purchase beautiful custom orchid merchandise in the Museum Store.