ROCKFORD - The orchid exhibit is returning to Nicholas Conservatory, 1354 N. Second St., Rockford, from Feb. 11 to March 8. Hundreds of tropical orchids will be displayed in the warm tropical exhibition area. Special orchid-related events will be scheduled during the display:

"Evening with the Orchids" will be held from 5:30- 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 21. Attendees, 21 years of age or older, can sample wines by Artale Wine Co. and browse a variety of orchids for sale. Admission is free for conservatory members, $8 for non-members.

"Orchid Plant Sale" is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 22 and 23. Anything Orchids, from Frankfort, Ill., will have a variety of unique plants available for purchase.

"Orchids for Beginners" workshop will be held at 1 p.m. on March 7. Those who are new to orchids or have questions about caring for them will learn the basics. The event is included with conservatory admission or membership.