The Orchid Show 2016: Orchidelirium
The 14th Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden came to an end this past Sunday and we were able to go on the last day. This year’s theme, Orchidelirium, an ode to the 19th century orchid craze, when rich orchid collectors would pay thousands of dollars to send out orchid hunters for the rarest and most exotic orchids they can procure. These adventurers climbed mountains, crossed rapids, and faced inhabitants from South Africa to Asia and many of the plants would not even survive the journey.
The main attraction which fellow visitors took their time to admire and take pictures was this mount of orchids that was created with waterfalls to resemble the hindrance that the orchid hunters had to face. The display was filled with orchids cascading down where visitors could admire the wide varieties of orchids.
There are thousands of orchids that reside in different sections of the conservatory but the bulk of the orchids are strategically placed towards the end of the tour where the main exhibition took place.
There are orchids hanging from the ceiling; orchids that are attached to the trees and many are displayed in pots. You can see how beautifully these orchids flourish.
I almost missed these artifacts of orchid care and orchid capsules that were placed towards the end of the exhibition.
Orchid Show usually runs from late February to mid April and the best time to go would be late March when more flowers bloom. The garden also has orchid evening event when visitors can have orchid viewing with cocktails. I love going to this event every year and I am always fascinated with how the curators and designers put the exhibition together based on the chosen theme. Make sure you put on your Sunday best because you will want to take pictures with these exotic beauties.
Until next time!