New York Botanical Garden. The Orchid Show: Chandeliers. High Style Hits The New York Botanical Garden’s. 13th Annual Orchid Show with “Living” Chandeliers. Saturday, February 28 through Sunday, April 19, 2015.
Beginning February 28, The Orchid Show: Chandeliers dramatically transforms The New York Botanical Garden’s landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory into the country’s largest curated show featuring orchids. Eye-catching baskets and cylinders filled with the stunning tropical flowers decorate the Seasonal Exhibition Galleries in the Garden’s Victorian-style glasshouse—the largest of its kind in the country—with a giant star-shaped chandelier overflowing with hundreds of orchids as the centerpiece of this year’s visual extravaganza. The exhibition runs through April 19, 2015.
Cylinders with a kaleidoscopic array of orchids and baskets with spikes of different orchids, such as Cattleya and Phalaenopsis, are interspersed throughout the show, framed by the magnificent architecture of the crystal palace Conservatory. The largest of the “living” chandeliers will stretch across the four beams of the Conservatory’s corner house. Pools of water reflect the spectacle of orchids in the containers that hang above, while beds of Cymbidium and other orchid species delight the senses below.
For the first time ever, the design theme will run throughout the Conservatory, beyond the Seasonal Exhibition Galleries and into the Tropical Rain Forest Galleries and other galleries. Each year this eagerly anticipated exhibition displays thousands of orchids, captivating New Yorkers and visitors from across the country and around the world. This year the exhibition is designed by the Botanical Garden’s own Francisca Coelho, Vivian and Edward Merrin Vice President for Glasshouses and Exhibitions, who has been called “the best female head gardener at present working under glass.”
A few facts about orchids:
Orchids represent the height of evolutionary success in the plant kingdom. With more than 30,000 naturally occurring species, they are the largest family of flowering plants. The Orchid Show: Chandeliers spotlights the shapes and textures of these spectacular and exotic flowers from around the world. Orchids are adaptable, diverse, and grow in almost every habitat—from semi-desert to Arctic tundra—on every continent except Antarctica. They come in a dazzling range of sizes, from miniatures with tiny flowers less than 1/16 of an inch in diameter to giants more than 25 feet tall with flower spikes up to 10 feet long.
Orchids also come in an amazing array of colors and shapes. Some mimic bees, wasps, butterflies, and moths; others have unusual buckets, traps, and trigger mechanisms. These adaptations help ensure that insect pollinators visit the flowers. Because orchid flowers have specialized reproductive parts and their pollen is a single mass, individual grains of pollen cannot disperse as with other flowers. As a result, each orchid flower has only one chance to transfer pollen to another flower.