Orchid Mania at NYBG (New York Botanical Gardens)

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Orchid chandeliers! Orchid planters! Orchid islands! Just think orchid everything at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. I saw orchids there in colors I have never seen before like this mint green hanging orchid ( I love green flowers!)

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Miltonias are my favorites-They look like orchid pansies
Miltonias are my favorites-They look like orchid pansies

Orchids are at their peak at the end of winter/early spring and the various botanical gardens make the most of it. Longwood gardens has their opus and the New York Botanical Garden chimes in with their twist. And their twist is stunning! Orchid Chandeliers were touted as the star and just look up and you will see the beautiful ceiling mounted floral creations that make your jaw drop! –  Aerial flowers!

Orchid Chandelier
Orchid Chandelier

As soon as you step foot into the conservatory, cylinders and enormous hanging creations with a kaleidoscopic symphony of colorful orchids such as Cattleyas and Phalaenopsis  are framed by the magnificent architecture of the crystal palace Conservatory.

Orchid Chandelier
Orchid Chandelier

The floating islands of orchids were just as incredible and greeted you at the door of the historic Victorian inspired Enid A. Haupt conservatory. But the theme of this year’s orchid show is “Look up!”, not “Float like a boat” and you can see how they made these creations at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6q4BQH8vn0

NYBG conservatory
NYBG conservatory
The gardens at the NY Botanical Gardens were still in winter mode
The gardens at the NY Botanical Gardens were still in winter mode

Floating islands of orchids greet you at the entrance of the Conservatory
Floating islands of orchids greet you at the entrance of the Conservatory
There were other chandeliers, like the  Staghorn ferns!
There were other chandeliers, like the Staghorn ferns!
More chandeliers
More chandeliers

Guerlain, a perfume and makeup company teamed up with the New York Botanical Garden on its Orchid Evenings to promote its orchid scent focused on the flower.  And talk about fragrance! It was wafting everywhere in the conservatory. All the orchids were so fragrant, I couldn’t figure out where the fragrance was originating-it was just everywhere.

The Cattleyas are particularly fragrant
The Cattleyas are particularly fragrant

Other tropicals were showcased along with the orchids as they bloom at the same time- Bromeliads, Anthuriums, Bird of Paradise, and Gingers were all in exquisite form.

Yes, Anthuriums!!
Yes, Anthuriums!!
Let's not forget the Bromeliads
Let’s not forget the Bromeliads
Planters full of multiple orchids
Planters full of multiple orchids

Go to http://www.nybg.org/exhibitions/2015/orchid-show/ to read about the popular orchid evenings, dance exhibitions, poetry readings, and tips on orchid care that you can enjoy until April 18 in NYC in the Bronx.

White Orchids
White Orchids

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5 Replies to “Orchid Mania at NYBG (New York Botanical Gardens)”

  1. Absolutely stunning… I am going to share this wonderful mil with the Tucson Botanical gardens, where I volunteer in the winter. Carolyn Keenen

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  2. Claire~this is breathtaking and I love all the floral and foliage chandeliers! Wish I lived closer… Thank you for taking me on a trip!

  3. My son loves orchids and is not intimidated by them. He bought two when he moved into my place. They are stunning plants but I’m afraid of trying to grow them. Your pictures are stunning!

  4. What a wonderful post on orchids……..my favorite! The pictures of the orchids are just beautiful! Thank you for this blog. Love those orchids. It must have been great to see them all on display.
    Linda T.

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