Ice and Orchids at Dow Gardens

One of the orchids in the "orchid room" of the Dow Gardens' Conservatory.
One of the orchids in the “orchid room” of the Dow Gardens’ Conservatory.

At Midland’s Dow Gardens this time of year, you get a marked contrast: snow and ice outside, tropics inside the Conservatory.

When I visited last Tuesday, the restroom were under construction, so my first sight was this:

Chic and shiny portable restrooms.
Chic and shiny portable restrooms.

These are the loveliest portable restrooms I ever have encountered. Want to know if one is occupied? Check whether the light above the door is red or green. Why so nice? Duh, Midland. If they’re still there this Tuesday I’m going inside whether I need to or not.

Following are photos I took on the way to and from the Conservatory, outside it and inside. The orchids are not labeled so I cannot name the varieties, but welcome comments from anyone who can.

The iconic waterfall.
The iconic waterfall, almost but not quite entirely frozen.

 

The lovely ballerina, snowed in but not forgotten.
The lovely ballerina, snowed in but not forgotten.

 

Ice formations.
Ice formations.

 

More ice formations.
More ice formations.

 

A pitcher plant. I plan to grow these at some point.
A pitcher plant. I plan to grow these at some point.

 

A stem of orchid blooms.
A stem of orchid blooms.

 

One final orchid.
One final orchid.
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