Brooklyn Orchids

Orchid Show 2014 Visit: Year Six

Wow…I’ve really been failing as a blogger lately. There’s been too much going on to keep up with regular posts here! The good news is that I currently have five Phals in bloom, three of which can be seen in this photo:

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My Oncidium Pacific Sunrise ‘Hakalau’ Has Bloomed!

One day after my birthday, my Oncidium Pacific Sunrise ‘Hakalau’ really opened up! It’s actually not at all the orchid that I thought it was…but it’s still very lovely. This is what happens when you buy an orchid that’s not in bloom and then you don’t Google the orchid’s name. You think the flowers are gonna look like this:

Fragrant Oncidium
Not in fact the Oncidium Pacific Sunrise!

And then the buds start to form and they look much smaller and darker than you’d expect: Read more

The Orchid Show 2013: My Visit to NYBG

Orchid Show Phal
Orchid Show 2013

Yesterday marked my fifth anniversary of falling in love with orchids, as I attended the New York Botanical Garden’s 11th annual Orchid Show! The first Orchid Show I went to was in 2009 and I was just awestruck, so I celebrate the beginning of my orchid obsession every year by attending a new show.

This year’s show doesn’t have a theme like past shows, but lack of a theme doesn’t mean a lack of beauty. Francisca P. Coelho, Vice President for Glasshouses and Exhibitions at the Garden, designed the Orchid Show, incorporating many of the garden’s Hurricane Sandy-damaged trees.

A couple tips for those of you planning to visit the Orchid Show: 1) Look up as you browse! The garden has a wide variety of orchids in their regular collection, and you can find them attached way up high to tree branches throughout the conservatory. Many of them are in bloom right now, so you’ll be rewarded with little (in some cases, nearly microscopic) treasures by scanning the branches above you. 2) Sniff the flowers! This year’s show seems to have an especially large contingent of fragrant orchids, and there are some really amazing scents everywhere you turn. Read more

The Orchid Show 2013: Dates Announced!

Hanging out with Dendrobiums at the Orchid Show 2012
Hanging out with a Dendrobium display at the Orchid Show 2012

Good news, orchid lovers—the New York Botanical Garden‘s 11th annual Orchid Show dates have been released! The show will take place from March 2 to April 22, 2013. Tickets, as usual, are $20 per person…totally worth it for the orchid extravaganza that lies in wait!

The show is typically themed (last year was vertical gardens, 2011 was “On Broadway“), but this year it doesn’t sound like there is a specific theme. Here’s what the NYBG’s website says about The Orchid Show 2013:

Elaborate and kaleidoscopic displays throughout the galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explode with orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures. Tens of thousands of blooms–blue and purple vandas, green and yellow cymbidiums, delicate pink and white moth orchids, and more–stand out amid stately palms and exotic tropical leaves.

This year The Orchid Show is designed by Francisca P. Coelho, Vivian and Edward Merrin Vice President for Glasshouses and Exhibitions at the Garden. Coehlho is best known for her plantsmanship and key role in the design and development of high profile shows in the Conservatory.

Regardless of the theme (or lack thereof), you bet your ass I’ll make at least one visit to this year’s Orchid Show! Will you be attending?

My Visit to The Orchid Show: Patrick Blanc’s Vertical Gardens

Centerpiece in the Haupt Conservatory atrium

I finally made the trek up to the NYBG yesterday for my fourth annual visit to the Orchid Show. This year marks the show’s 10th anniversary, with the theme being vertical gardens. Botanist, provacateur, and vertical gardening artist Patrick Blanc, aka “The Green Man,” created this year’s stunning displays. Orchids really are the perfect plant for constructing breathtaking vertical gardens, with their long, arching flower spikes and their ability to produce massive sprays of blooms. These plants sometimes grow on vertical surfaces in nature—tree trunks, branches, rocks, etc—so a vertical garden is a very logical way to show them off!

My mom was in town and we made the trip together. We both took about a million photos, and of course I want to share some of my favorites with you. Get ready for a hefty dose of orchid porn, starting…NOW. Read more

NYBG Orchid Show Ends This Sunday

Epidendrum Orchid

If you haven’t yet made a trip to the New York Botanical Garden for this year’s Orchid Show, there are only 3 days left (including today)! The final day for The Orchid Show: Cuba in Flower is this Sunday, April 11.

The show was so breathtaking that I went not once, but twice. There are more than 5,000 orchids to see — an amazing array of color and variety! The $20 admission fee is well worth it; I highly recommend that you check out the show before it’s too late.

Also, the show curators change out some of the orchids every couple of weeks, so even if you went to the show early on you may still see a whole bunch of different orchids if you return this weekend.

Get your tickets now! I command you. 🙂

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