Houston Museum of Natural Science

Orchids, Raising Successful Air Plants

Saturday, Jun. 1, 2019 – Saturday, Jun. 1, 2019

09:30 AM

Epiphytes--sometimes called "air plants"--are plants that grow perched upon other plants rather than with their roots in the ground. Such favorites as orchids and bromeliads first come to mind, but some ferns, aroids, peperomias and even cacti are also epiphytes. Because they don't take much space, and sometimes have beautiful flowers or foliage, they are ideal houseplants. This class begins with a tour of the Butterfly Center to see a variety of epiphytes growing in situ and learn about the adaptations that allow them to grow above the ground. Then we'll move to the greenhouses to show you how to pot, fertilize and care for these exotic plants. We’ll finish by dividing up some orchids or bromeliads so everyone can take home a start for their own epiphyte garden. Jeff Cummins, of the Cockrell Butterfly Center, leads this class.

Members $24, Tickets $34


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    • Child Ticket: $16 (ages 3–11)
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Directions & Parking

  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Parking is available in our 6-story garage located on Caroline just south of Hermann Drive. The parking garage is $10 for museum members and $20 for all others. Some curbside parking is available near the Museum entrance and in Hermann Park.

Special Offers / Dining

The Museum offers easy access to a quick meal at McDonald's in the Grand Entry Hall. Open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. McDonald's also offers the option to pre-order meals for field trips.

Please note: Food and beverages are not allowed inside the Museum exhibit halls or theaters.

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