Oh, Orchids!

DSCN4292An anti-dote to Friday’s 8 inches of snow was a trip to the New York Botanical Gardens to see the Orchid Show.  We arrived just as the Garden was coming to life with visitors and were happily surprised to find ourselves alone for just a few exquisite moments when we opened the doors to a tropical paradise of heavenly scented orchids!DSCN4228

Apologies for the substandard photography but I have found that my DSL does not like the super humid conditions inside the Conservatory – nor do my glasses for that matter.  I used my small Cool Pix Nikon which is usually very good at reading a picture, but  had a little trouble averaging the super bright light through the glass ceiling with the deep and dark pools of reflective water!DSCN4218

Staged so beautifully and enhanced with beautiful music and few bird calls, this visit was the perfect cure to the snowy March blues!DSCN4305

The orchids were staged with genius and you could not see the mechanics holding them to trees.  If you don’t look up, you will miss half the show.DSCN4256

If you are mostly familiar with the moth orchid that you find easily even in the grocery store now,  you will be enchanted with the great variety of orchids – this is a huge genus and endlessly fascinating.  There is even an orchid that appears as a pansy!DSCN4233

The cymbidiums are my favorites; I’ve had no luck growing them but I have a garden friend who can grow prize winners like this at home!DSCN4264

From inside the scented corridor of orchid delight we could see the lily pools.  If you are a regular to this blog, you know how enchanted I was by Monet’s garden and the water lilies last season. (Still my header)  We had to walk outside to see what is left in the pools.  DSCN4274It was interesting to see the architecture below water and what is involved with growing these underwater beauties!DSCN4276

When we returned inside the Conservatory, people were beginning to fill the show but I enjoyed watching the wonder of the visitors and the many camera buffs who had their huge cameras clicking away and didn’t seem to be bothered by the humidity.

It is difficult to part from this magnificent place in the middle of a bustling city; there is always so much to see both indoors and out.DSCN4210

If you need a complete sensory garden experience, make a trip to the New York Botanical Garden where orchids abound through April!DSCN4216

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About Jayne on Weed Street

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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2 Responses to Oh, Orchids!

  1. It sure is an amazing place. Love the architecture too. Orchids seem to be getting a lot of press lately.

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  2. We went to the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago today and saw orchids, along with many other things. The orchid display did not compare to what you saw, though, I must say.

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