|The rotunda, with its large pool, is|
a great starting point for the show.
Double-click on any photo to see
the display at full-screen size.
|Panels of explanatory text make|
it an educational experience.
|The Three Graces amid|
a display of rare orchids
|In the Special Exhibits Hall, the orchids|
explode as at the finale of a fireworks display
While the Orchid Show stands as an independent attraction for NYBG and a welcome end-of-winter retreat, it is also a reminder of an important role the garden plays in the orchid world. Each year, thousands of rare or endangered orchid plants are confiscated at various U.S. ports of entry. Rather than being destroyed, many of them are shipped to New York and placed under NYBG's care.
The NYBG's publicity machine has worked overtime to make this year's show known to everyone on the planet and, as a result, the show is mobbed. We left our suburban Boston home at 6:15 a.m. and pulled up to the visitor's entrance at 9:35. The garden does not open until 10 a.m. but we were allowed to park in the valet area until the lot formally opened at 9:45. Once we had our parking spot, we found we could go directly into the gardens. We made a beeline for the Conservatory and found, because of the temperature and biting wind, that we were allowed to wait in the orchid-filled rotunda, even though it was still just 9:50. As a result, we were into the Orchid Show with just a handful of people. When we left at noon, the show was extremely crowded.