Having traveled all over the world, and taken a tremendous number of photographs of flowers in every imaginable setting, I can say, wholeheartedly, that The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Gardens ranks among the world's most lovely!
Each Spring, for the past sixteen years, The Orchid Show showcases thousands of dramatically displayed orchids in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. With tens of thousands of species thriving in habitats around the globe, orchids are some of the most diverse and well-adapted plants on Earth. There are an estimated 30,000 naturally occurring orchid species and tens of thousands of artificially created hybrids, making Orchidaceae the largest plant family on Earth!
While the show has ended for the 2018 season, the memories of Orchid Shows gone by are still indelibly ingrained in my memory! My trip back in the Spring of 2016, to what was called, Orchidelirium, was a joyous day of sunshine, flowers and fun!
My girls and I drove into Queens, picked up our favorite exploration relative, Aunt Ro and then headed over the Triborough Bridge to The Bronx. Although the Botanical Gardens opens at 10am and we arrived a bit after 11am, the parking on-site was already full! Not a problem on a gorgeous day, presenting us with an opportunity to take a morning stroll to the entrance of The Gardens. It was obvious that many others were just as excited about the glorious day as well, because even the municipal parking lot, a block away, was jam packed with visitors and my little foursome ended up parking on the very top level!!
I'm really not sure if it was that Spring was in the air or because it was the last day of The Orchid Show, but boy did people come out in droves to spend a leisurely day in the beauty of nature.
I could not stop snapping away! Any flower lover will concur with me that it's virtually impossible to take too many pictures of these natural works of art! So many colors and shapes and sizes!
The array of displays throughout the exhibit was truly breathtaking as you can see!
Ost is celebrated worldwide for his eye-catching installations in private and public spaces, working with both living and cut flowers. His large-scale artwork has drawn comparison to that of renowned sculptors Anish Kapoor, Claes Oldenburg, and Andy Goldsworthy. In Belgium he has been called “the Picasso of flower arranging,” and in France he was touted as “the international star of floral decoration.”
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