Garden brings art and orchids together Jan. 17

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden has paired the best of its orchid collection with 24 works of Lost Hollow designer W. Gary Smith to create a display about the ideas used to create the 4-acre children’s garden area.

The collection will be shown during Art & Orchids Jan. 17 to March 18.

Learn how Smith’s art became Lost Hollow, the new children’s garden, and discover the beauty of orchids in The Orchid Conservatory.

The exhibition will be set against the backdrop of the garden’s collection of orchids, which offer dramatic and unusual shapes, forms and colors found in nature.

In addition to designing Lost Hollow, Smith is credited with immensely creative gardens all over the country, including the new children’s garden at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Texas and Enchanted Woods at Delaware’s Winterthur Garden.

Also part of Art & Orchids, the garden will offer the Art, Orchid and Wine Tour Opening Reception 3-5 p.m. Jan. 18. Tickets are $50. To make a reservation, call 704-829-1294 or visit

During the opening weekend, Jan. 17-18, the garden will have an orchid sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m. featuring Woodland Orchids.

In addition, Children’s Art Weekend will offer craft-making Feb. 14-15, and is free with admission.

The exhibit is free with garden admission: $12 adults, $11 seniors 60 and older, and $6 children 4-12. For more information, call 704-825-4490 or visit