My Visit to The Orchid Show: On Broadway

Entrance Display

Yesterday morning, my boyfriend and I rented a Zipcar (to avoid sitting on the subway for 3+ hours to and from the Bronx) and drove up to the New York Botanical Garden for the annual Orchid Show! I’ve been talking about going to this show for awhile and was so, so excited to go! My visit to the NYBG’s Orchid Show in 2009 was what initially sparked my interest in these amazing plants, so this show holds a special place in my memories.

As you may know, this year’s theme is “On Broadway.” The display in the entrance to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory is seen in the photo above, with orchids creating a proscenium arch and stage in the middle of the large reflecting pool. This display is comprised mostly of Cymbidiums and Epidendrums in yellows, oranges, and reds…and it’s quite a show-stopper (heehee).

Quick warning: LOTS of photos are ahead!  :)

Now, let’s get on with it! I’d like to share some of my favorite orchids and photos from the show, starting with this adorable Epidendrum (click on any photo to see a larger version):

These orchids look like Beaker from the Muppets!

An Appleblossom! I have one of these and can’t wait till it blooms. This particular variety smells great:

xJackfowliera Appleblossom ‘Woodland’

Arpophyllum spicatum…the blooms are TINY!

Gorgeous orchid chandelier

I didn’t see the tag for this pretty peachy-orange orchid…anyone know what it is? Something from the Oncidium Alliance, I imagine.

Any idea what this is?

xOdontocidium Sunlight ‘Pacific Punch’

In keeping with the Broadway theme, I call this one “The Opera Singer”

Oncidium Dancing Ladies were in attandance! These were unique—a pretty, bright orange-yellow with a purer yellow color on the outer edge of the petals:

Oncidium Dancing Lady

Didn’t get the name of this lovely Phal

Vanda lamellata var. boxalii

xAscocenda Carolyn Ellis

Arches and Columns of Orchids

Fantastic Phals

I think I found a mounted Haraella retrocalla for sale in the gift shop—this one was my Orchid of the Week awhile back! I couldn’t see what the orchid’s tag said, but check out my earlier post for comparison.

Haraella retrocalla

Also found this miniscule mounted orchid in the gift shop but couldn’t see the tag. The blooms are SO, SO small…like they’d be measured in millimeters rather than centimeters. I’d estimate the flowers are about 3-5 mm in diameter.

TINY orchid

Incredibly small blooms

The orchids for sale in the gift shop will rape your wallet are expensive, but I saw a couple specimens of this Bollopetalum Midnight Blue ‘Cardinal’s Roost’ for $32, which is a steal compared to most of the others (sorry the pic is a little blurry):

Bollopetalum Midnight Blue ‘Cardinal’s Roost’

I decided to treat myself! I didn’t buy the orchid in the above photo—I found a second Bollopetalum with some new root growth, plus two spikes and two buds on each, so I chose that one. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the buds don’t blast, because the blooms will be so incredibly lovely. That dark indigo color is one of my personal favorites, and to find it on an orchid is so exciting! Anyway, here’s my new orchid:

My Bollopetallum!

I took over a hundred photos at the show, including some of non-orchids that I passed along the way (succulents and cacti always make for fun photo subjects!), so if you want to check out all of my pics, you can visit my Flickr photoset.

If you’re in the New York area, I highly recommend The Orchid Show. Especially while it’s still pretty cool outside, visiting this tropical wonderland is delightful. It’s well worth the $20 admission fee! I definitely want to make another trip to the show before it ends on April 25.

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