Sunday, March 20, 2011

The New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show


I went to The New York Botanical Garden ninth annual orchid show this weekend.  This year's show theme "The Orchid Show: On Broadway," was designed by Tony award-winning set designer Scott Pask and image-maker Drew Hodges, and takes place in the dramatic galleries of the landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.


The "Orchid Show: On Broadway" showcases 5,000 dazzling specimens of orchids from one of the most distinguished orchid collections in the world.


Over 300 types of orchids are displayed in dramatic curtains, arcades, and chandeliers, all under the domes of America's largest glass greenhouse.


The orchid displays were spectacular!


One was more exquisite than the next.


This giant orchid chandelier was inspired by the original that hung in the Eltinge Theater on 42 Street in Manhattan, once a famous venue for the comedy team Abbott and Costello.

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There were so many wondrous orchids that making a photo collage of them seemed the best way to show almost all of them to you.  Click on all photos once, and then again when they reopen, to see more details.


Some macro close ups of the orchids.


Click to enlarge to read this informational placard about orchids.


Broadway tunes were playing in some of the greenhouse's galleries which added to the festivity of the exhibit.


 It was a magical feeling to be surrounded by such exotic and fragrant orchids as far as the eye could see!


“The Orchid Show: On Broadway” remains on display through April 25, 2011.  The New York Botanical Garden is located at 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York.

PS: We are still waiting for news of our newest grandson.  His brother was born nine days after his due date, so it seems the younger brother wants to do the same! My daughter-in-law is more than ready to go, but it seems babies don't read calendars.  Thank you all for your wonderful comments and support! I'll be back with the good news as soon as we hear!

Adding this post to Mary's Mosaic Monday on her blog Little Red House! Thanks, Mary!  Be sure to look at Mary's beautiful mosaic and all the links on her page to participating blogs.



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68 comments:

Carol said...

Looking forward to the good news :) You all must be on the edge of your seats! The orchids are stunning, such beautiful shots, but I love that mosaic, gorgeous!

Sheila said...

Amazing,beautiful,collection
Dramatic,extra special flowers!
Thank you for taking us places we could only dream of going Pat!

sueskitchen said...

Pat, Those pictures of the orchids are breath taking. They are the most exotic and showy flowers and so beautifully displayed! Can't wait to hear about the awaited delivery. Wishes for a speedy labor to the Mom to be.
♥, Susan

sueskitchen said...

Pat, Your photos of the Orchids and the way you grouped them into mosaics is as beautiful as the way they were displayed. Just breath taking! Wishes for a speedy and easy labor for your daughter in law.
♥, Susan

pam said...

What a stunningly beautiful display. I saw a blue one Thursday...actually blue. I've never seen a blue one. You must have felt like you were snapping pics like crazy to get so many different orchids for us to see. Well done!

Claudia said...

It is gratifying to see Mother Nature's handiwork at her most exquisite. The chandelier astounds. Minnesota's state flower is an orchid known as the ladyslipper. Huge, showy and it takes many year to grow. When they emerge - it is in surprising spots always by water. You know it's around when there are cars parked at the side of the road and there's a crowd gathered at the side of the road.

GrandmaK said...

Oh my!!! This is breathtaking!!! The orchids are so very beautiful!!! wishing you well!!! Cathy

Farmchick said...

WOW! That word doesn't do these flowers justice. So amazing!

Ginny said...

Wow! I have been to orchid shows, but on a much, mush smaller scale. You go to the most interesting and spectacular places!!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Oh wow - what fantastic looking orchids. I was in the city today but will have to come back soon for that show. Hope you get some good news on the nonna-front soon Pat.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Holy Cow, Pat. Those orchids are incredible.... I have a post ready to go from Biltmore of the orchids I saw there on 2/14/11... BUT--mine are NOTHING like what you saw in this orchid show. I am in awe.... Fabulous!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

Pondside said...

That must have been a wonderful day! We have some orchids that we're hoping will reward us with blossoms soon.
That little grandson is sure taking his time! :)

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

I love orchids, they remind me of Spring, and in particular Easter. My dad would buy each of his four daughters and mom a corsage with an orchid, of course mom's was a little grander than ours! This is such a lovely post.

Infatuated with Homes and Gardens said...

Oh my, this is spectacular, wishing you and your family all the best:)

H said...

I can only imagine how strong the perfume of so many orchids must have been! They are beautiful!

Ola said...

so colorful! It must be a wonderful visit!

Kat said...

Your photos are beautiful. This must have been stunning to see in person. When I lived in Philly, one of our clients was a Dr. who played with the Philly Pops. He had a collection of orchids on his rooftop greenhouse, it was amazing. Best wishes to your daughter, hope that grandbaby arrives soon! Kat

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

WOW! The orchids are breathtaking! Any news yet??? =D

A Garden of Threads said...

Fantastic display of orchids. Thank you very much for the tour. So beautiful and exotic. Have a wonderful week.

From the Kitchen said...

Your photos are wonderful--I can only imagine how delightful it was to be in the midst of all that beauty.

How exciting to be awaiting a second grandson! Will be looking forward to hearing about the happy event.

Best,
Bonnie

Vee said...

Amazing! Thank you for sharing your day trip to the Orchid Show. I can only imagine what fun it would be to see these gorgeous orchids in person and to listen to the Broadway tunes.

(I'm sorry that your little grand is holding out. Of course, I had to ask my sister...she's somewhere in your fair state...a maternity nurse working that night...14 babies born on the full moon! She said that it was absolutely nuts and she didn't have anything nice to say about the super moon nor did she want to see my pictures. Imagine that!)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What beautiful photos! I would love to go there sometime. We have an orchid that I bought right after moving into this house a year ago this past October. It has never stopped blooming!
Hugs,
Penny

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

Waiting to hear about the bambino for sure. That is the most beautiful flower display I have ever seen. I can only imagine the fragrance coming from that spot. Beautiful photos too.
QMM

merrilymarylee said...

I have enlarged and zoomed every photo. These are so beautiful! I'm glad I saved them for Monday morning.

Gracie said...

Now, that was something!!! How amazing, I can only dream about the lovely smell of being surrounded by such a beauty!
P.S. keeping my fingers crossed for your new grandbaby!

Snap said...

owowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

can you tell i LOVE orchids?????

Magnificent!!!!!

Grace said...

I love your photos! I was going to post about it also. But yours is gorgeous. I love how you do the mosaics! Gorgeous post! Grace xoox

Theanne and Baron said...

There aren't enough adjectives to describe the beauty of orchids...so I say instead Nero Wolfe eat your heart out! Thanks Pat for the beautiful photos!

I was really hoping that moon thing would work...continuing thoughts and prayers for Mom-to-be and family!

Tracy said...

WOW...I literally have tears in my eyes, Pat... this is sooo GLORIOUS! I just love orchids, you know! ;o) Any news yet on the baby??!! So anxious to hear the good news. :o) Happy Days, while you wait... ((BIG HUGS))

Cindy said...

How fascinating! Orchids have long been one that I have loved and admired. How fun to see so many kinds in one place.
I will be looking forward to hearing about your new grandson, also!
Hugs, Cindy

Barbara F. said...

The orchid show is amazing! And so are your photos. Love the mosaics. Can't wait to hear that your new little guy made his grand debut. xo,

Donnie said...

What wonderful sensory overload there. Beautiful. Hoping you hear about your new grandchild soon.

nanny said...

I'm sure the orchid's were definitely magical. They are so perfect in every way!!!
I just knew you would have the grandbaby on full moon night!!!!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Beautiful orchids...all of them. I'm enjoying my lone orchid plant here...but I see it could use some company. Love your mosaic!

Waiting...with you.

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Oh Pat,

This show looks like it was pure HEAVEN! Thank you for transporting us to Paradise.

All joys,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I have joined Mosaic Monday as well this week. These orchids are simply beautiful the only place I have seen any as good as these was in Hong Kong.

Jacqueline said...

Oh, I hate to wait for those little ones. Mine were all late too! Good luck and how wonderful.

What a show! I am absolutely blown away, I want to go soooo badly. The displays are just mind boggling. I can't believe the lush curtains of flowers and the colors. Everything is just exquisite. I was so excited to see the orchids in DC and they were pathetic compared to this. I am so glad you shared your amazing visit.

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

Did the orchid scent fill the exhibit too? I hadn't realized how wonderful they smelled until I visited the orchid exhibit at Longwood garden in PA.

Jeanne said...

Oooooh Pat, theses orchids are stunningly gorgeous. So are your photos. I adore going to botanical gardens when ever I can. Thank you so much for this wonderful post.

I think you new baby will arrive tomorrow. My dad;s birthday. BIG smile. I am praying all goes well for mommy and baby. I know how anxious you must be.
Warm hugs to you grandma.
Jeanne

Jeanne said...

OOPS DAD'S BD. I hate making typos!!!
Jeanne, again!

Grandmother said...

These are so spectacular! I saw orchids growing wild in the rain forest in Trinidad but the sheer number and variety are gorgeous. Happy Spring!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

What a lovely exhibit. You were able to get some wonderful photos of this beautiful plant. V

Happy@Home said...

Wow, that looks like a spectacular place to visit and your photos are just beautiful. Great idea to make them into a mosaic.
How exciting for all of you to be awaiting the birth of a new grandbaby!!

Ingmarie We said...

I just love your photos of the orchids. Fabulous.

eileeninmd said...

WOW, the orchids are stunning. And your photos and mosaics are beautiful. I would love to walk around this botanical show. Congrats in advance on your new grandson. I hope to see pic's of him soon.

eileeninmd said...

WOW, the orchids are stunning. And your photos and mosaics are beautiful. I would love to walk around this botanical show. Congrats in advance on your new grandson. I hope to see pic's of him soon.

eileeninmd said...

WOW, the orchids are stunning. And your photos and mosaics are beautiful. I would love to walk around this botanical show. Congrats in advance on your new grandson. I hope to see pic's of him soon.

eileeninmd said...

WOW, the orchids are stunning. And your photos and mosaics are beautiful. I would love to walk around this botanical show. Congrats in advance on your new grandson. I hope to see pic's of him soon.

Lovella ♥ said...

Oh Pat. .isn't the waiting the hardest? I hope goes well with your daughter in laws delivery.
Such special days these are. We look at the date on the calendar and wonder if this day will forever more be special.
The orchids are amazing. I looked through all the blooms to find the twin to the one on my island. I can imagine the fragrance to be just so wonderful.

Old Kitty said...

Awww your beautiful grandson no 2 is keeping you all on your toes! Awww what a cutie!!! I have everything crossed for all of you!!!

Oh wow, these orchids are wonderful!! How perfect and how vividly coloured and how delicate!! I love how they are displayed so artistically! That orchid chandelier is just jaw droppingly lovely!! What a variety too!

Thanks for sharing these fab pics of these brilliant show!!! A musical orchid show! Excellent! take care
x

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

WOW! I really love the close ups! They are such exotic flowers! Yesterday we stopped at the airport to see the blimp..again! lol And I saw a tiny purple wildflower that had a bloom so much like an orchid. I was surprised to see it up close! ♥

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

What a show the orchids put on. Your mosaic's are stunning, Really enjoyed my visit tonight.

Yvette said...

Just beautiful, Pat. It sure as heck looks springy in those pix, that's for sure. Gorgeous place, gorgeous flowers.

I have a couple of friends on Facebook that are orchid fanciers so I shared your post over there. I know they'll be smiling. :)

Kathleen said...

Praying here! God bless!
The orchids are beautiful as is your mosaic!

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

just beautiful.... so pretty

i LOVE hearing that she was nominated for a james beard award...so well deserved...such a GREAT cookbook...

those cookies are THE BEST
:-)
happy to see you today and Happy to visit, my friend

kary
xxx

Dianne said...

Exquisite orchids and what a beautiful conservatory - love your collages ever so... pretty

Ⓙ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

How lovely, Pat! I'm fascinated by orchids. I received a moth orchid as a gift more than 2 years ago and it's still going strong - all luck of course, for I hadn't had the first clue about how to care for them. People who visit me always think it's fake.

diane b said...

What a stunning show? So many beautiful blooms and great photos.

Lucy (aka rharper) said...

Mmmmmm...it looks like it probably smelled divine in there. I can't remember. Do orchids smell nice?

ellen b. said...

Oh my oh my...how gorgeous are these shots and that show. How very exciting to have a sweet baby on the way. Blessings on all of you!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a gorgeous place and one that I'd love to visit if I ever get back to New York. Orchids are so elegant!

I'm sure we'll be getting good news any time now :)

Donna said...

Absolutely gorgeous flowers! A beautiful mosaic too! I've always loved orchids but never had luck growing them.

Hugs,
Donna

Lisa@GrandmasBriefs said...

I had no idea there were so many different kinds of orchids. All are so lovely!

Can't wait to hear the good news on grandbaby No. 2. I'm sure YOU can't wait either! I'm thinking of you all!

Shirleyanne said...

Wow! So impressive Pat!
Absolutely amazing!

Jeni said...

how stunning are those orchids
thanks for sharing

Roz from 'la bella vita' said...

What an incredible opportunity to see this orchid show! Wow! I have about 5 orchids in my home and enjoy them so much! I can't imagine the variety that you saw at the show!

Mary said...

Wow, what a show! Your photos are so beautiful, Pat, and I can only imagine how wonderful and fragrant they are in person! Thanks for sharing at MM. :) xoxo

Scrappy Grams said...

Stupendous shots! I had no idea that there were so many different orchids. What a gorgeous welcome to spring.
By the time my great-granddaughter was born last fall, I thought I would jump out of my skin because I was so excited!