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12th Annual Orchid Show at the NY Botanical Gardens

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Moth orchids,(phalaenoosus) at the 12th Annual Orchid Show. The New York Botanical Gardens.

Moth orchids,(phalaenopsis) at the 12th Annual Orchid Show. The New York Botanical Gardens.

There is no better way to take a break from the blistering cold and dreary winter weather than to spend some time at the NY Botanical Gardens where the glorious 12th Annual Orchid Show is in full swing. The show entitled “Key West Contemporary” takes its inspiration, music, and floral design themes from a renown Floridian landscape architect, Raymond Jungles.

This year the thousands of orchids, some from the NYBG permanent collection and others shipped in from global suppliers, were interspersed with various companion plants. Some of these native to Florida (i.e. maidenhair ferns, staghorn ferns, palms) were combined with pansy orchids, Vandas, phalaenopsis, and some “Romantic Fantasy” orchids (wonderful scent) and many others to create the magnificent scenes of beauty, quietude, wonder, and fun throughout sections of the NYBG exhibition greenhouses.

12th Annual Orchid Show, Key West Contemporary. The New York Botanical Gardens.

12th Annual Orchid Show, Key West Contemporary. The New York Botanical Gardens. (Photo by Carole Di Tosti)

Key West Contemporary design inspired by Florida landscape artist, Raymond Jungles.

Key West Contemporary design inspired by Florida landscape artist, Raymond Jungles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The contemporary architectural features i.e. flower walls, waterfalls, pergolas, their vibrant colors and the lively music provide the finishing touches to create whimsical playfulness. The combination of colors, orchid display arrangements, water auras, and music uplift the senses and promise to nullify the frozen snow scene right outside the windows of the Enid Haupt Conservatory. The orchids promise spring will soon be here.

Winter scene outside the Enid Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Gardens. Inside are the orchids.

Winter scene outside the Enid Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Gardens. Inside are the orchids. (Photo by Carole Di Tosti)

The Darwin Star Orchid which Darwin claimed over objections of colleagues that a moth pollinated the orchid; he was proved right.

The Darwin Star Orchid which Darwin claimed over objections of colleagues that a moth pollinated the orchid; he was proved right. (Photo by Carole Di Tosti)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The show is a delight to the senses and also a learning experience which takes one out of winter’s inconvenient chaos into the ordered diversity of this magnificent plant family orchidaceae. that comes in every shape, size, color, and variety one might imagine. And then the family surprises you! Orchids are tenacious and adaptable survivors and great teachers about plant diversity.

Orchids love highly placed real estate and attach themselves up high to trees where there is plenty of air and sunlight.

Orchids love highly placed real estate and attach themselves up high in trees where there is plenty of air and sunlight.

Popular blue Vanda orchids. They also are in magentas and purples..

Popular blue Vanda orchids. They also are in magenta and purple. (Photos by Carole Di Tosti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From them botanists, researchers, scientists, and others are learning about bio diversity and finding answers from the orchid family and transposing their findings to their study of other plant families. Orchids may be found in all global climes except Antarctica. There are some 30,000 orchid species and five times as many man-made species according to Marc Hachadourianm orchid collection curator at the NY Botanical Gardens.

L to R: Marc Hachadourian, curator of the orchid collection at NTBG and Karen Daubmann, Director of Exhibitions and Seasonal Displays. (Photo by Carole Di Tosti)

L to R: Marc Hachadourian, curator of the orchid collection at NTBG and Karen Daubmann, Director of Exhibitions and Seasonal Displays. (Photo by Carole Di Tosti)

 

Magenta Vandas, a popular orchid.

Magenta Vandas, a popular orchid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 12th Annual Orchid Show at the NYBG runs from March 1st through April 21st. There are orchid evenings where one may enjoy a drink and saunter through the orchid displays experiencing their mystery, enchantment and beauty in the lush tropical setting at night.

 

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About Carole Di Tosti

Carole Di Tosti, Ph.D. is a published writer, novelist and poet. She authors three blogs: The Fat and the Skinny, All Along the NYC Skyline, A Christian Apologists' Sonnets. She contributed articles for Technorati on various trending topics. She guest writes for other blogs. She covers NYC trending events and writes articles promoting advocacy. She was a former English Instructor. Her published dissertation is referenced in three books, two by Margo Ely.