Orchid Daze

See you in 2023! It was an honor to host Orchid Daze featuring Rich Soil: Sculpture by Kristine Mays. Look back on the 2022 exhibition below, and look forward to another stunning exhibition next year. 

About the Exhibition

Orchid Daze, the Garden’s annual indoor plant exhibition, explores the creative interplay between vibrant flowers and sculptures by Kristine Mays.

The San Francisco-based sculptor creates life-sized, three-dimensional figures from fine metal strands intricately woven together that often evoke a spirit of flowing movement or dance. Much of the inspiration for her work is a series of photos capturing the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Company performing “Revelations.”

Mays creates vignettes of multiple figures, each made from hundreds of fine-gauge strands of steel wire looped together, requiring from 60 to 100 hours to complete.

Mays described her recent exhibition, Rich Soil, at historic Hillwood Estate as “a celebration of all of the enslaved people who once toiled on the property, and this idea of them coming back, like their spirits rising up from the soil and rejoicing now that they’re free.”

“My sculptures . . . create a form that reveals an invisible occupant, a soul, a life. I often say that I am ‘breathing life into wire.’ I love the idea of creating work where the focus reveals the essence of a person and that speaks to humanity as a whole.”

For Orchid Daze, three floral landscapes will complement the artist’s work with orchids that echo the movement and joy found in the sculptures. Some of the figures will rise from carpets of golden Dancing Lady orchids as delicate moth orchids hover in the background and long strands of exuberant Vandas encircle them.

Safety Protocols

Face coverings are REQUIRED to enter the Garden’s indoor spaces, including the Fuqua Conservatory and Orchid Center. Please maintain at least six feet of distance from others outside of your party. Learn more about current safety protocols.

Orchid Daze is included in Garden Admission, which requires a timed ticket for non-members. 

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About the Collection

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is home to one of the largest orchid collections at any public garden in the world. 

All year, countless orchids are displayed in two specific climate zones inside the Fuqua Orchid Center: the Tropical High Elevation House and the Orchid Display House. Some are brought from on-site greenhouses for display while in bloom. Others are permanently installed to illustrate a more naturalistic growth on trees and structures.


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Fuqua Orchid Center

Explore the largest collection of species orchids on permanent display in the United States. These gardens under glass represent two climate environments, offering more than 200 genera and 2,000 species of orchids, the largest and most diverse plant family in the world.
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Tropical High Elevation House

Experience vibrant plants in the the cool of the Fuqua Orchid Center’s Tropical High Elevation House, which features orchids, pitcher plants, tropical blueberries and more that grow in the tropics between 4,000 and 10,000 feet above sea level.
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Look Back: Orchid Daze 2021

In 2021, fabric accents complemented Orchid Daze displays in the Fuqua Conservatory and Orchid Center.

The Orchid Center Blog

The Fuqua Orchid Center showcases the Garden’s renowned collection of orchids in 16,000 sq. ft. of indoor landscapes and seasonal displays. Go behind the scenes with The Orchid Column.

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Repotting Your Orchid

Learn from the best as the Garden’s Orchid Curator explains how to repot your orchid at home.

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