As spring approaches, nature begins to show us that there is new life and color just around the corner, and nowhere else in the city is this more visible than the New York Botanical Garden. Each winter, the garden’s annual Orchid Show displays colorful blooms and an abundance of programs centered around the exotic flower. The year 2023 marks the show’s 20th anniversary, and NYBG is going all-out. Here’s everything you need to know about The Orchid Show: Natural Heritage.
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Beginning Saturday, Feb. 18 and running through Sunday, April 23, 2023, The Orchid Show: Natural Heritage follows acclaimed artist Lily Kwong’s fantastical vision inspired by her ancestral connections to the natural world (Kwong’s work has been featured in New Yorker, Vogue, Architectural Digest, Forbes, and more). Thousands of colorful orchids are presented in botanical art installations throughout the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, allowing all to reconnect with nature.
The NYBG Horticulture Staff will be on-hand to teach you everything there is to know about this year’s orchid collection, from how the flowers were cultivated to how they were planted, cared-for, and arranged into the colorful displays you see before you. These drop-in sessions will be held every Saturday and Feb. 17, 19, 26, and April 23 from 12 - 4 p.m.
Adults Only: Booze and Blooms at Orchid Nights
Adults 21 and over can experience the exhibitions on select nights throughout the show, with the addition of music, cash bars with signature cocktails, and food available for purchase. The after-dark programming includes Live from the Garden: Bloom Thru by ADÀI, a special performance blending high energy, contemporary beats, vocals, and instrumentals, and drop-in art-making with Cocktails & Calligraphy, where you can take your Chinese calligraphy and ink brush painting creations home with you. Orchid Nights are held Saturdays, March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 7 - 10 p.m.
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Get Involved at The Orchid Show
The Orchid Outpost contains a rotating selection of orchid-related activities for all. Each weekend from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., participate in Color our Collection (grab a blank postcard and create your own orchid doodle to mail later) and Fragrant Fun: Sensory Table (join a NYBG volunteer for a tabletop multi-sensory experience). On March 18, 19, 25, and 26, don’t miss The Orchids of the Herbarium to try your hand at creating an orchid specimen to take home, and on select dates, Orchid Classes will give you a refresher on orchid care, teach you how to photograph or paint orchids using watercolors, or craft an orchid hanging basket. See a full list of classes here.
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