About the Kaplan Orchid Conservatory


The Tidewater Orchid Society has partnerships with Old Dominion University's orchid conservatory, established by long-time TOS members Arthur and Phyllis Kaplan.

Arthur was an active member of the Tidewater Orchid Society and loved to compete in our shows, winning lots of awards. He and his wife, Phyllis, donated both funding and a collection of one thousand exotic flowering plants to launch the Arthur and Phyllis Kaplan Orchid Conservatory at Old Dominion University in 2008.  Members of the Tidewater Orchid Society helped move the plants and have continued to volunteer to help care for the collection.  The collection of plants consists of many genera, including many rare species, some already extinct in the wild.  The Conservatory hosts and organizes displays showcases both blooming orchids and other tropical plants that would grow along with them in their native habitat.  

There are four growing houses, a potting room, and offices. The facility is open to the public and ODU students also the facility to conduct botanical experiments.

The Conservatory is open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on weekdays, and special tours can be arranged by contacting Marcus Jones at the Conservatory. Opportunities are also available for volunteers who would like to work with and learn more about orchids.

For further information, visit the Kaplan Conservatory's page here.