Orchids are nature's most beloved and exotic of flowers and The Orchid
Show at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) in Bronx, New York, annually
attracts orchid aficionados, horticulturists, artists, and photographers to
celebrate their stunning beauty. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in
2023, this year's show features the vision of the acclaimed landscape
artist and designer Lily Kwong who transforms the Enid A. Haupt
Conservatory into a dream-like fantasy that must be seen to be fully
appreciated. We attended opening weekend, and the show once again dazzled our
senses. The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden
runs until April 23, 2023.
The Orchid Show on Sunday, February 19, 2023, where our senses were transported
with the orchids' dazzling colors, fragrances, sizes, and shapes. From vibrant and
bold yellows, oranges, reds, and purples, to delicate and fragile looking pinks,
pale yellows, light greens, and whites, orchids always enchant from the tiniest
to the largest with their showy plate-size ruffled shapes. As orchid lovers, we
always have several orchids at home in various stages of blooming and
appreciate the orchid show each year where the sheer number of spectacularly
blooming orchids transfix and mesmerize the eyes.
we learn something new and interesting about orchids from reading the signage
throughout the show. As a point of reference, orchids belong to the family orchidaceae
one of the largest plant families, and there are 30,000 naturally occurring orchid
species that grow on six continents and over 100,000 hybridized varieties.
Orchids come in all sizes and colors with the rarest color being blue. An
orchid's seed capsule can contain up to 4 million tiny seeds, and when you see
an "X" before the name on orchid signage it means that it is a hybrid.
Xcattlianthe Gold Digger Orglades Mandarin
just stunning to look at, orchids have a long history of culinary and medicinal
uses. Vanilla comes from the Vanilla planifolia orchid where its long
seed pods are dried and cured and cherished for culinary uses. Found in
tropical forests in Central and South America, Vanilla Orchids grow as
"epiphytes" meaning that they grow on trees. There are more than 900 species of
Cane Orchid (Dendrobium), which are important in traditional Chinese medicine
and used as tonics for longevity. Its history of medicinal use dates to the Han
dynasty (202 BCE-220 CE).
acclaimed artist and landscape designer Lily Kwong has created a fantasy of a
presentation based on her Chinese heritage utilizing sculptural elements to
reflect the mountains interspersed with cascading orchids in a rainbow of
colors. Whether meandering around her large sculptural designs, dazzled by the spectacular
display of orchids as visitors enter the conservatory, or appreciating the
reflecting pool walkways where terrestrial orchids grace the paths, the 2023
Orchid Show exceeded our expectations and as well as our imaginations.
As an added
element of surprise and enjoyment historic artwork and poems by various poets
translated into English were placed throughout the show inviting visitors to
take time to pause and reflect on the harmony and beauty of art, words, and nature.
A Guide to
the Types of Orchids at the Show
Cattleya (Corsage Orchid) are large, frilly,
and fragrant orchids. They grow in Central and South America and there are 70
Cymbidium (Asian Corsage Orchid), have grass-like
leaves, tall spikes, and waxy flowers. They come in all colors including green.
Dendrobium (Cane Orchid) is an important
medicinal orchid. There are over 900 Dendrobium species that grow across Korea,
Japan, China, Indo-Malaysia and into Papua New Guinea.
Epidendrum (Reed Orchid), have small flowers
on long, thin, reed-like stems. They can either be "epiphytes" (tree dwellers)
or "terrestrial" (ground growers).
Miltonia (Pansy Orchid), are easy to
distinguish as they resemble pansies (although they are not related) and grow
predominantly in Brazil.
Oncidium (Dancing Lady Orchid), have clusters
of small, fragrant flowers with ruffled edges on slender branches usually in
colors of yellow or brown. They are named Dancing Lady for their ruffled edges
that look like the skirts of ladies dancing.
(Slipper Orchid), can be identified by their lower labellum that resembles a pouch that
attracts insects to enter and pollinate. They grow in tropical Asia and come in
a range of colors including almost black, and can be striped, spotted, bumpy,
Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid) is distinguished
by their wide "moth-like" shape. They can be spotted or have striped patterns
which attract pollinators.
Vanda (Rainbow Orchid) are large orchids
that come in all colors of the rainbow and can be spotted or have patterns.
landscape designs always create an impactful impression, it is the essential
beauty of the orchids themselves from which we take the most pleasure. Solid
colored or striped, patterned, or spotted, or with the look of being hand-painted,
each orchid rightly shines leaving a lasting impression in our memories, and
for that we are forever grateful.
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for Visiting the Orchid Show
Do allow a minimum
of 2-3 hours to fully appreciate the orchid show and the rest of the
conservatory gardens that transport visitors to the tropics and to the desert,
before venturing outdoors to enjoy the various gardens as they come into bloom.
Take time to ride the tram to experience all the beauty of the 250-acres of the
garden, visit the gift shop to take home a bit of the NYBG, and perhaps enjoy a
beverage or lunch in one of the restaurants to spend a perfect day at the New
York Botanical Garden.
Orchid Show Dates and Special Information
Show runs until April 23, 2023
Orchid Nights: (For Adults 21+): March 18 and 25,
and April 1, 8, 15, & 22 from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm. Entry Times at 7:00
pm, 7:30 pm, and 8:00 pm.
Classes: Select dates in
March, April, and May. Orchid Flowers in Watercolors: Saturday, March
18, 2023. Orchids for Beginners: Sunday, March 19, 2023. Special
Photographers' Hours: The Orchid Show: Friday, March 24, 2023. Phalaenopsis
Care: Thursday, April 27, 2023. Hardy Orchids: Saturday, April 29,
2023. Hanging Orchid Basket: Thursday, May 4, 2023.
Outpost on Saturdays and
Sundays from February 18 until April 23, 2023, from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm - At
Expert is in: Saturdays
on February 17, 19, 26 and April 23 from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm - At the
Wednesday, Saturdays, and Sundays from February 18 until April 23, 2023, from
1:00 pm - 4:00 - At the Garden. (NYBG Shop).
Pass includes daytime access
to The Orchid Show, Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, and Tram Tour, plus Garden
features including the Everett Children's Adventure Garden and outdoor
Admission: Adult: $35, Senior (65+): $31, Student
(with valid ID): $31, Child (2-12) $15, Child Under 2: Free, Patrons/Members:
to the Orchid Show, the NYBG holds interesting events year-round so be sure to
check their website for all upcoming events and programs.
additional information on tickets and pricing, please visit the NYBG website
York Botanical Garden is a 250-acre oasis located in Bronx, New York. Founded
in 1891, the garden attracts year-round visitors with its exquisite beauty,
spectacular exhibitions, and interesting programs. It is a National Historic
Landmark located in Bronx, New York where its nearby neighbors include Fordham
University and the Bronx Zoo. Do allow a minimum of 3 hours to thoroughly
experience the New York Botanical Garden and its many programs.
special exhibitions and events, such as Members-Only Previews, may cause early
closing of Garden areas. Exceptions are also made for evening events, which may
take place after normal Garden hours. For specific hours on the day of your
visit, please see their calendar on the website: www.nybg.org/plan_your_visit/
its buildings, and its tour vehicles are accessible to people with disabilities,
except for a few areas where the terrain is naturally uneven. Wheelchairs are
available free of charge at both Garden entrances, on a first-come,
first-served basis (reservations are not accepted). An ID must be left with
Visitor Services. Visit the website for additional information: www.nybg.org/visit/accessibility.php
visit the website for additional information on the NYBG, The Orchid Show,
upcoming programs and events, and admission: www.nybg.com
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