The New York Botanical Garden is currently hosting its 17th annual Orchid Show until April 28th, featuring the floral wonders of Singapore. Rare and unusual orchids of every shape and size are beautifully displayed along the winding paths of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, creating an atmosphere that is truly magical.
This past weekend some of us at PlantShed made the trip up to the Bronx to experience Orchid Evenings, an after-hours event for adults only. We were intrigued by the prospect of live entertainment and the featured cocktail: the Singapore Sling—and we were not disappointed! Original music by artist Eli Tyler and urban choreography by Venus Chun and her dance company gave the event a mystical vibe as we were taking in all the sights.
Thousands of orchids clung to nearly every surface, from overhead arches to towering metal structures inspired by Singapore’s famed Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay. Treasures from NYBG’s orchid collection made it a night to be remembered, along with some unusual varieties that showcased Singapore’s achievements in cultivation. This year was the first time NYBG has named an orchid after a public figure, giving the honor to musician, actress, and native New Yorker Awkwafina, who recently starred in the film Crazy Rich Asians. Also on display was the Vanda Miss Joaquim, the national flower of Singapore. It is one of the few types of orchids that flowers in all colors of the rainbow!
NYBG’s partnership this year with Singapore Botanic Garden and Gardens by the Bay is an effort to bring attention to not only the beauty of orchids, but also to their conservation. Many orchid species are threatened by international trade and habitat loss in many parts of the world. Our visit to Orchid Evenings—and yours too—will help support NYBG’s programs that work to protect the legacy of these important plants.
For more information about orchids and how to care for them, check out PlantShed’s collection of Phalaenopsis here.
If you'd like to learn more about the 17th annual Orchid Show at NYBG, check out the video below: