“The Orchid Show: Earth, Air, Fire, Water” opens Oct. 12 and celebrates the diversity of the largest family of flowering plants on the planet through dramatic horticultural displays. Stories and artefacts of orchid discovery past and present will accompany the horticultural display in Selby Gardens’ Museum of Botany & the Arts. The Museum exhibition will feature the "all stars" of botany who contributed to the "orchid mania" of the 1700s - 1800s. Materials included are an autographed pamphlet of Charles Darwin's “Notes on the Fertilization of Orchids” (1869), and a colored lithograph of Stanhopea devoniensis, originally named in honor of the sixth Duke of Devonshire. Also of note will be volumes from Selby Gardens' complete set of Curtis's Botanical Magazine (dating to 1787) and early editions of the work of Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus who developed the system of naming all living organisms.