Life is sustained and enriched by plant life, and residents and visitors to New York this Spring should not miss the annual, and always stunning Orchid Show, now on show at the largest botanical garden in the world, the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) March 3 – April 22, 2018.
The NYBG is located in the Bronx, easy to reach by rail, bus and subway and it offers an ‘All Garden Pass,’ allowing visitors to access all parts of its grounds.
This includes the Thain Family Forest, a living laboratory of some 30,000+ specimens; magnificent trees, a complete expression of the vastness of nature and a surviving remnant of the old-growth woodlands that existed before New York city.
Now in its sixteenth year, there is always a focus for the display at the Orchid Show at the NYBG and in 2018 that will be guided by acclaimed Belgian bloembinder, or Flower designer Daniel Ost, whose personal philosophy encompasses ‘beauty, floral art and craftsmanship’ with an aim to exceed all boundaries between floral art and design.
Daniel Ost has crafted artistic creations responding to the unique environment of the Edith A. Haupt Conservatory, ‘complementing the architecture of the building while creating a transformative, dazzling spectacle’. He has worked with NYBG horticulturists to create an Orchid Utopia of ‘fragrance and colour’ you can visit both day and night.
Little was known about these wondrous plants until Orchids were brought to Europe starting slowly during the 17th century and reaching fever pitch by the 19th century, with both individuals and companies spending time and money to cultivate the rare blooms.
Orchids had been an integral aspect of Chinese culture for centuries and the rise and success of the Dutch and British East India Companies as they expanded their trade routes, brought these amazing blooms to both Europe, the Americas and Australia.
In Victorian England fabulously styled Conservatories, like the Edith A. Haupt Conservatory in the NYBG, were built from small to super large all over the emerald isle, to bring about the humid conditions required to grow exotic plants at home’.
A new word, Orchidelirium, following on from Tulipomania in 17th century Holland, also entered the English vocabulary to reflect the ‘flower madness’ that prevailed.
Today the fragrant beauteous blooms of orchids come in every size, shape, species and texture, as well as every colour you can imagine. With so many new varieties and styles emerging, it’s no wonder thousands want to flock to see them in situ so they can choose the plants they would like to nurture.
There is no doubt Daniel Ost has amassed a stunning display, ensuring the orchids will play their part in helping New Yorkers celebrate the ‘complex beauty’ of Orchids. When they are in bloom en masse Orchids look so sculptural; other worldly, exotic, ethereal and elegant.
At the Orchid Show in the NYBG the crowds gather each day during the show to ooh, aagh, admire and learn. The educational aspect of the program of events while the show is on, is very important to the mission of the NYBG.
If you already have purchased some Phalaenopsis hybrids as “house plants” or are ready to begin the wonderful hobby of growing and nurturing orchids, whether you have an apartment or a grand estate, orchids provide a great deal of beauty and satisfaction for their owner.
Orchid Evenings will bring nature and human excellence together with music, special performances and tours to enjoy along with your favourite beverage. Dining options will include the Hudson Garden Grill a full-service restaurant, and the Pine Tree Café.
Mark the dates on your calendar and buy your tickets to The Orchid Show now!
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2018
The Orchid Show 2018
New York Botanical Garden
Designer: Daniel Ost,
March 3 – April 22, 2018
2900 Southern Boulevard,
Bronx, New York 10458
For more information, please call 718.817.8700
The New York Botanical Garden is a museum of plants located at Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W) and Fordham Road. It is easy to reach by Metro-North Railroad, bus, or subway. The Garden is open every day of the year, Tuesday through Sunday and Monday federal holidays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, please call 718.817.8700 or visit the website.
The New York Botanical Garden is located on property owned in full by the City of New York. Its operation is made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
A portion of the Garden’s general operating funds is provided by The New York City Council and The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. The Bronx Borough President and Bronx elected representatives in the City Council and State Legislature provide leadership funding.