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ODU Community Invited to View 'Spectacular' Orchid Show at Kaplan Conservatory

Evalyn Walch (left) and Mitzi Lipford of the Tidewater Orchid Society are volunteers helping conservatory director Stephen Urick host the garden week visitors.

Historic Garden Week in Virginia brought hundreds of visitors Thursday to the Arthur and Phyllis Kaplan Orchid Conservatory on the Old Dominion University campus, and members of the university community will have a chance today to view the same orchid show for free.

Timothy Motley, ODU's J. Robert Stiffler Professor of Botany who oversees the Kaplan Conservatory together with the director, Stephen Urick, called the current orchid display "spectacular, although ephemeral."

Members of the ODU community are invited to visit the conservatory Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. while the show orchids are still in full bloom.

The $2.1 million conservatory, which opened two years ago, houses an orchid collection donated by the late Norfolk physician Arthur Kaplan. It includes more than 275 species in 72 genera. The facility consists of a display house with a waterfall and rock wall, climate-controlled greenhouses, a potting room, orchid propagation lab and research facilities

Motley praised the work of Urick, as well as volunteers from the Tidewater Orchid Society and the Dallis Foundation, for making the garden week event Thursday a success.

This article was posted on: April 19, 2010

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