Orchids in botanical art tour

Discover how orchids have been depicted in botanical art.

A visitor admiring the collection in the Marianne North Gallery


Saturday 8 February

Wednesday 12 February 

Saturday 15 February 

Wednesday 19 February 

Saturday 22 February 

Wednesday 26 February 

Saturday 29 February 

Wednesday 4 March 

Saturday 7 March 




Meet at the Information desk (by Victoria Plaza café) at 12.15pm


Included with entry to the Gardens

Join us for a tour of our world-famous galleries, and see how orchids have been depicted in botanical art. 

Hear the stories behind Marianne North's beautiful orchid paintings in the Marianne North Gallery and follow in her footsteps across the globe. 

As a woman who defied convention, Marianne North travelled the world solo to record the tropical and exotic plants that captivated her. Painting plants in their natural habitats, she recorded the incredible places she visited through her art from Borneo to Japan, South Africa to South America.

Highlight paintings include the beautiful Cattleya coccinea which is pollinated by humming birds, and the small purple-flowered orchid Dendrobium secundum.

In the mood for more orchids? Head to the Princess of Wales Conservatory to see our iconic 25th annual orchid festival, celebrating the beauty of Indonesia.