The Orchid Show at The New York Botanical Garden
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The last date listed for The Orchid Show was Monday April 22, 2013 / 10:00am - 6:00pm.
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The New York Botanical Garden presents its annual Holiday Train Show. At this popular family event, model trains and trolleys travel through a quarter mile of fantastic landscape featuring twinkling lights and detailed scale models of more than 140 New York landmarks -- from the Empire State Building to Yankee Stadium -- composed of orange slices, cinnamon sticks, pine cones and more. The event also features a variety of other activities for children and families to enjoy. Please see the full event description for more information about seasonal activities and special events. Learn More
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About the Show
Each year, this eagerly anticipated exhibition displays thousands of orchids in the country’s largest curated show featuring orchids. In 2013, The Orchid Show dramatically transforms The New York Botanical Garden’s landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory into a lush rainforest.
In a local nod to how many orchids grow in the wild, Hurricane Sandy storm-damaged trees from the Garden's grounds will be incorporated into the show as a design element. Nearly 300 of the Garden’s specimen trees were either uprooted or otherwise destroyed.
Upon entering the show, you will first encounter a stand of giant bamboos immersed in a sea of mist that camouflages the entrance to this exotic world. Tall canopy palms, ferns, and tropical trees support woody vines that crisscross from trunk to trunk, arching downward with their precious burden of fascinating flora. Orchids, aroids, ferns, bromeliads, and epiphytic cacti are among the species that hang overhead. Costus, Calathea (prayer plants), Cymbidium (Asian corsage orchids), Philodendron, and bananas grapple across the forest floor competing for every available inch of space.
In the main feature of the display, rocky outcroppings dominate, large palms protrude, and orchids thrive alongside ferns and aroids. A large pool in the center is fed by waterfalls. Two large canopy trees barren of leaves, dripping with Spanish moss and full of epiphytes, hang over the pool. Natural arbors saturated with vandas (rainbow orchids) and dendrobiums (cane orchids) nestled between Davallia and Asplenium ferns line the far path.
About Designer Francisca Coelho
Francisca Coelho graduated from the Garden’s School of Professional Horticulture and began her career at the Garden 30 years ago, rising through the ranks to her current position of Vivian and Edward Merrin Vice President for Glasshouses and Exhibitions. Tropical plants and aquatics are her areas of horticultural expertise.
Coelho was deeply involved in the restoration of the Conservatory from 1993 to 1997 and continues to take the lead in the restoration and preservation of this landmark structure and the development and display of its Living Collections. She leads Conservatory exhibition-related planning and implementation for the Garden and is known for her plantsmanship and design skills in developing, planting, and maintaining the permanent plant galleries and the high-profile seasonal shows.
Orchids at the Garden
There are more than 7,000 orchids representing 3,075 taxa (different types) in the Garden’s permanent collection. The New York Botanical Garden has orchids from all over the world, including Australia, Africa, South America, and Madagascar. Because the Garden is committed to orchid research and conservation, our scientists study the botany and ecology of orchids; what they discover is useful to conservation work that will ensure the future of these extraordinary plants in nature.
The Garden’s resident orchid expert is Marc Hachadourian, Manager of the Nolen Greenhouses for Living Collections. With more than 15 years of commercial and specialized horticultural experience, he supervises the care of the botanical collections, including the extensive orchid collection and exhibition plants in the Nolen Greenhouses.
About the Ticket Supplier: The New York Botanical Garden
The New York Botanical Garden is a museum of plants, an educational institution, and a scientific research organization. Founded in 1891 and now a National Historic Landmark, it is one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world and the largest in any city in the United States, distinguished by the beauty of its diverse landscape and extensive collections and gardens, as well as by the scope and excellence of its programs in horticulture, education, and science.
The Botanical Garden's curated living collections contain more than 1 million plants; its Continuing Education program is the largest and most diverse of any botanical garden in the world; its Children's Education program has been a pioneer in innovative, informal science discovery facilities and activities; and its scientific research on plants and fungi is unmatched in scope, depth, and authority.
The Garden offers a sweeping 250-acre landscape, 50 curated display gardens, an expansive 50-acre native Forest, and a wealth of programs, exhibitions, and activities for visitors to enjoy. The grounds display masterpieces, some dating to the 1840s, by many of the nation's most accomplished architects and designers, both past and contemporary. The Botanical Garden's innovative programs, unparalleled resources, and talented staff are rivaled by few and exceeded by none.