Adventures at the New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show
The Excitement of Orchids
I missed last week’s blog post, because I was out and about on a most wonderful orchid adventure! I met up with friends and went to the “Orchids of Thailand” show at the New York Botanical Gardens. After getting off of the train & taking a brisk walk through the city, the botanical gardens were a much welcome sight. As we approached the greenhouses, a sense of excitement settled in, because we knew that our eyes and our souls were in for a treat!! On the exterior, these Greenhouses are beautiful on their own, but the real treat is the treasure tucked inside of their seemingly delicate glass panes.
Upon entering, you are greeted by a beautiful display of orchids balanced on the backs of large mossed elephants by a reflecting pool. A large glass dome above streams in bright light that is filtered through the leaves of towering palm trees. Urns filled with Phalaenopsis “Moth” orchids, in every imaginable color, decorate the entrances. In addition to the moth orchids, several varieties of Brassia, Miltonia, Dendrobium, and Oncidium orchids are tucked away among the trees. The warm and sweet smelling air immediately lifted our winter weary spirits!
A Walk in Orchid Paradise
After thoroughly enjoying the entrance greenhouse, we ventured onward through the many other tropical filled glasshouses. Nearly every room had orchids in it to some degree. We walked through tropical trees and climbed a stairwell to look down on the paradise before us. The journey continued among vines and plants into a sitting room complete with a fountain. Water lilies, Hoya, Passiflora, Vanda Orchids, and a huge Strongylodon (Jade) vine surrounded us. From there we went onto ferns and various other flora that were a joy in every sense of the word. A warm tropical room housed Brugmansia (Angel’s Trumpet), delicate flowers, begonias, and many other leafy delights. After a short walk through a tunnel we found ourselves in the dry and hot environment of the desert. Many cacti and succulents showed off their dangerous, but beautiful, shapes.
Another room brought us back into the world of tropics with Mitriostigma and Gardenia, much to the delight of our noses! Phragmipedium and Paphiopedilum, A.K.A. Lady Slipper Orchids, started to pop up. A bird of paradise peeked its head out from behind rigid leaves. We found ourselves lingering for a while at each turn.
The Grand Finale
The grand finale was very grand indeed! Passing through the final doors, we discovered what we had been waiting for. Crossing that threshold brought us into a massive display of diverse orchids! It was a greenhouse that seemed to be bursting at the seams with blooms! There were orchids in trees, in urns, and in large flower beds. Most Noteworthy was a large double sided wall of orchids! Truly a fantastic way to end the tour of such a beautiful place.
What a day!
In conclusion, we lucked out not only on the weather, which was a gorgeous sunny day, but also on the crowds! We practically had the place to ourselves, which was a fantastic surprise. This orchid show is going on until April 9th, so there’s not much time left to catch it! If you can get out to see it, I highly recommend that you do! With our cameras filled with photographs and our spirits uplifted, we headed back home in the chilly outdoors. It is a memory that will leave a lasting impression in my brain. I already can’t wait to see it again next year!
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