Bronx, New York : Orchid Show 2010 – Cuba in Flower

Every Spring, the New York Botanical Garden puts together a gorgeous display of orchid varieties that is most definitely a feast for the flower lover’s eyes. Every species of orchids imaginable are on display and is a sight to behold.  My very first event was in 2010 when I ignored the seasonal allergies and braved a stroll despite watering eyes and stuffed nasal passages.  Of course the main reason being that my name means orchid in Vietnamese so I am inclined  to be biased  and attracted to anything orchid related, haha.

This year’s theme featured inspirations from Old Havana and the Cuban countryside, designed by Cuban landscape architecct Jorge Sanchez.  The reimagining of the iconic sites are meant to evoke the history of the island through brilliant orchid displays.

So if you can manage to pop a couple of Claritins, or lucky enough to not suffer Spring allergies at all, then it is a beautiful way to spend a flowers filled day.  The Orchid Show runs each year at the end of February through mid-April.  You can check the New York Botanical Garden’s website for more details.  Website link and other information are listed below, after the photos jump, for your convenience.

Happy wandering!
Lan xx

Camera used : Canon S95   Date visited : April 2010.

Note: Current exhibition has ended, please follow NYBG’s website for updates on next year’s Orchid Show!

1 2

"Phalaenopsis" or "Moth Orchids"

“Phalaenopsis” or “Moth Orchids”

5

"Odontoglossum"

“Odontoglossum”

"Miltonia" resembling pansies

“Miltonia” resembling pansies

"Odontoglossum"

“Odontoglossum”

8

"Dendrobium "

“Dendrobium “

"Vanda"

“Vanda”

"The Dancing Lady"

“Oncidium” or more commonly known as “The Dancing Lady”

12 13 15

"Cymbidium"

“Cymbidium”

16 17 18 19

 

NYBG Website: Orchid Show | NYBG

Public transportation directions from the website:

By Metro-North Railroad
Take the Metro-North Harlem local line to Botanical Garden Station. Walk across Southern Boulevard to the Garden’s Mosholu Gate entrance. Just 20 minutes from Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan!

By Subway
Take the B, D, or 4 train to Bedford Park Blvd. Station. From the station exit:
• Take the Bx26 bus east to the Garden’s Mosholu Gate entrance.
• OR walk eight blocks down the hill on Bedford Park Blvd. (approximately 20 minutes). Turn left onto Southern Blvd. and walk one block to Mosholu Gate entrance.

Opening hours, per website:

Unless otherwise noted, the Garden is open year-round, Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (Winter hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., mid January–February), and the following Mondays:

  • January 19 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
  • February 16 (Presidents’ Day)
  • April 6 (Spring Break/Passover/Easter Monday)
  • May 25 (Memorial Day)
  • September 7 (Labor Day)
  • September 14 (Rosh Hashanah)
  • October 12 (Columbus Day)
  • December 14 (Holiday Train Show)
  • December 21 (Holiday Train Show)
  • December 28 (Holiday Train Show)

Fee, per website:

Current Prices

Weekdays

  • Adults: $20
  • Seniors (65+): $18
  • Students (with valid ID): $18
  • Children (2–12): $8
  • Children under 2: Free
  • Members: Free

Weekends, Monday Holidays, and Select Peak Days

  • Adults: $25
  • Seniors (65+): $22
  • Students (with valid ID): $22
  • Children (2–12): $10
  • Children under 2: Free
  • Members: Free