Phragmipedium Andean Fire blooms in the Aquatic House. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.

Free admission (all visitors, all hours)


The Aquatic House is home to BBG’s large orchid collection as well as a variety of tropical and subtropical aquatic and wet environment plants from around the world.

At the entry of the Aquatic House is a paludarium that displays treeferns, mosses, orchids, and an epiphyte tree that stands above exposed rockwork, while waterfalls cascade into the six-foot-deep pool.

A second pool displays plants in a naturalistic bog environment. Its emphasis is on demonstrating the range of physical adaptations plants have made to live in, on, and near water.

A custom-built cold case allows display of specimens from BBG’s unusual collection of hardy orchids.