Orchids Are Calling Me

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Nature / Pictures

Are you as ready for a break from winter as I am?

Is the lack of sunshine getting you down?

Does your world look like something like mine—gray, dark, and dismal—day after day after day?

Then let me make a suggestion.

You may want to head to Rockford to visit Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens’ orchid exhibit. “In Full Bloom: The Orchid Exhibit” opens today and runs through March 7. It is well worth the hour’s drive (from Woodstock).


It was this time last year that I discovered the conservatory, which is located on the banks of the Rock River. It features an 11,000-square-foot tropical plant exhibition area. In addition to thousands of plants, it includes water features, sculptures, and secluded seating areas.

When I walked in, I forgot it was winter in Illinois. It was as if I had been swept away on vacation, surrounded by soft spring air and light and nature’s beauty. Only when I looked out a window did I remember it was January in Illinois.


Everywhere you look, there are orchids, orchids, orchids. It’s a photographer’s paradise; anywhere you point the camera is a picture waiting to be taken. Here are some of mine from last year:

If you would like more information about Nicholas, including hours, prices, and directions, visit their website here.

And if you decide to go spend some time with the orchids, maybe I’ll see you there. Look for me in one of the cozy seating areas nestled among the blooms.

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