Sunday, April 19, 2015

Treasures at the New York Botanical Gardens Orchid Exhibit

While we wait for spring to arrive with all of its colors, orchids have been flowering everywhere.

Phalaenopsis orchids shown at the New York Botanical Gardens

Recently I visited the New York Botanical Gardens to see the orchid exhibit. The subway ride (4-line) from downtown Manhattan to the Bedford Park Blvd station in the Bronx was about 30 minutes long. Most of the ride was above ground which gave me an opportunity to see sections of New York I have not see for a long while such as the Yankee Stadium.

View of the Yankee Stadium from the subway train

The hustle and bustle of downtown Manhattan gave way to normal living, with many apartment buildings and with people going about their daily lives.

Apartment building view from a subway station in NYC

The walk from the station to the Botanical Gardens while not long, felt long as it was a sunshiny day but bitterly cold and windy. The walk from the station to the Gardens entry is about 15-25 minutes.

The Botanical Gardens are huge, 250 acres, but unfortunately I had no time to explore it, just enough time to see the orchids in display in the conservatory.

NYC Botanical Gardens Conservatory

The NYC Botanical Gardens Facts

  • Founded in 1981
  • It is a National Historical Landmark.
  • It is 250 acres (Central Park in Manhattan is 843 acres).
  • A tram tour is available (additional fee) that covers the entire facility with many stops along the way.
  • Numerous classes are offered for children as well as adults.
  • Many outreach programs are offered for local schools and residents.
  • It carries out many research and conservation programs.
  • Within the Gardens there is the largest botanical library in the world. It is all about botany and anything relating to the plant world. I definitely have to see it next time I am there.
  • Becoming a member automatically gives you entry to many other gardens and arboreta nationwide, so this is a fabulous thing if you enjoy visiting gardens.

The orchid exhibition is held inside the Haupt Conservatory.

Front view of the NYC Botanical Gardens Conservatory

The Haupt Conservatory was first opened in 1902. Lord and Lady Britton of New York, both botanist, wanted to build something magnificent and beautiful for the city and I think they accomplished that. It is funded by a generous contribution and endowment from Enid Annenberg Haupt, a philanthropist who died in 2005.

The general information says the Conservatory has 11 pavilions that connected form a 512 foot long C-shaped area. I am sure it is all true but I must say that once I stepped inside, I was mesmerized by the beauty of it all. At the entry is the Palm pavillion with huge high ceilings and enormous tropical vegetation. And then you are bombarded by the beauty of the orchids on display. It is a feast to the eyes, a pleasure to the senses with a feel of paradise, heaven on earth.

Phalaenopsis arranged as chandeliers hanging at the NYC Botanical Gardens conservatory


Tiger like Phalaenopsis as seen at the NYC Botanical Gardens

Many of the orchids were arranged to be displayed while hanging for a chandelier effect and wow, they were beautiful and some were enormous! There were so many orchids that it was hard to cover the entire conservatory at a fast pace, you would not want to.

Big cluster of orchids arranged as a chandelier at the NYC Botanical Gardens


Cluster of orchids at the NYC Botanical Gardens

What I liked about the exhibition

  • The orchids looked fresh and healthy.
  • Most of the orchids were from the Phalaenopsis family but with so many different colors and all in beautiful arrangements, it did not matter.
  • The arrangement of orchids as chandeliers just made me wonder how long it must have taken to prepare for the exhibit and the many challenges the people involved must have had installing the large chandeliers without damaging the orchids in the process.
  • It was a WOW view.
  • I was very pleased to see a few miltoniopsis orchids, which are my current favorite that I am trying to grow myself.

Red Miltonias orchids


Pinkish Miltonias orchids


Below are several of the photos I took, I hope you enjoy them. I also hope you get a chance to visit the NYB Gardens, it is a beautiful place.

Orchids at the New York Botanical Gardens exhibition



As for me, I am so very glad I had the opportunity to see the orchid show at the NYB Gardens. This is a New York tourist attraction that should not be missed. I will be going back during warmer weather to see the rest of the gardens.

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