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Visiting Vandas in DC
Visiting Vandas in DC

In the coming weeks you may notice some tweaks to my site here and there, such as the new “subscribe” feature (thanks to Lindsey from for the suggestion!). In the box on the sidebar you’ll see a box that says SIGN UP FOR EMAIL UPDATES. Enter your email address, click subscribe, and you’ll receive an email every time I publish a new post!

Now on to the main reason for this post: I’m happy to announce that you can now follow Brooklyn Orchids on a variety of social media networks! Obviously there are a million and one of these sites out there, but for now I’ve chosen the ones that I feel most comfortable with using (and have the most fun with, too!).

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My Twitter account has been rather…ahem…inactive as of late, but I’ll be working to remedy that.

You’ll also notice that I’ve added a Pinterest “Pin It” button to all of the images on my website. The button will appear when you hover over an image, and you can click it and pin it to any of your Pinterest boards! Speaking of Pinterest, I’m working on adding more content to my boards, but right now my own favorite boards are Orchids Terrariums + Display Cases and Whimsical Orchids.

Please do follow me on your favorite social networks for updates when I publish new blog posts and more fun orchid-related things (and probably pictures of cats, because they’re awesome)!

One last note: I’m playing around with some new features and ways of displaying things, so if you see anything weird please let me know! (Also, if you see ads  on my site that you hate please tell me the link and I may block them—last week I was getting served ads on my own website from a major religious organization. NO THANK YOU.)

Have a great weekend, everyone!



To Do: Queens Botanical Garden

I just now discovered that there is a Queens Botanical Garden. I’ve lived in New York City for more than eight years and I didn’t know this! I actually found out on Twitter; this morning I started following @NewYorkology and they had re-tweeted (re-twatted?) a post from @queensbotanicl about being closed today due to the snow.

The QBG comprises 39 acres of land in Flushing, about an eight block walk from the last stop on the 7 train. That neighborhood is quite a hike to get to if you don’t live in Queens (I just made a trek out that way earlier this week to go to Spa Castle) but if you jump on a 7 express you’ll get there a whole lot faster.

Admission is free until March 31, 2010; they’re going to start charging adults $4 on April 3. Seniors will pay $3 and students with a valid I.D. will pay $2. Four dollars is really cheap for admission to any attraction in the NYC area, so I wouldn’t mind paying a bit to check it out – especially when plants will be starting to bloom!

Greenies will be excited to hear that the garden has a composting project that offers information and education about the process. The garden doesn’t appear to have an orchid collection, but that’s not going to stop me from visiting. Once the weather warms up I’m going to check the QBG out and will report back here.