Selby Gardens’ follow-up to last winter’s spectacular 40th anniversary Orchid Show was revealed last week, and it’s another wow. Selby’s Secret Garden transforms the botanical gardens’ Tropical Conservatory into a Victorian greenhouse, complete with rarely seen plants from the Gardens’ living collection.

The live plant display, on view through Nov. 27, is actually Part Two of Selby’s Secret Garden. Part One includes a display of rare botanical illustrations, many of which date from the Victorian era, in the Museum of Botany and the Arts in the Payne Mansion.

The Gardens is producing a series of classes and lectures that help bring the exhibit to fuller life, everything from making terrariums to recreating antique botanicals. A complete list can be found at

And three more upcoming “Sunsets at Selby Gardens” cocktail events will take place in the Conservatory from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, 9 and 16. (The first took place Wednesday evening, Oct. 19.)

Take a look at some of the lovely vignettes here.

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