NYBG Orchid Show 2012- Part 2

To continue where I left off in my recap “NYBG Orchid Show 2012- Part 1“…

Price and I continued through the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory to see the rest of the The Orchid Show: Patrick Blanc’s Vertical Gardens. We left the Upland Tropical Forest area to head in the tunnel to the Deserts of the Americas hall. Before exploring the deserts we went outside to check out the reflecting pool and the fish in it.


Hello fishes!


We went back in and checked out all cacti and other spiky plants. I think that big guy would make for a great ottoman, no?


I love the succulents and living stones.

Rainbow Orchids


I have to confess that while I have a pretty green thumb I can’t keep orchids alive. I try but either the apartment is too hot or too cold, I water too much or not enough, there is not enough direct light or way to much. They are so delicate. Or I am just crappy at taking care of them.

Slipper Orchid


Moth Orchid

At the center of the Seasonal Exhibit space that housed main part of the Orchid Show was a large structure that the show designer, Patrick Blanc, covered with vibrant greens and orchids of all kinds. Orchids punctuate the green back drop and spill over the ferns and themselves as they wound themselves around the surfaces of the structure.


I love how everything seems so natural and wild in composition but all of Blanc’s designs and arrangements are deliberate and well organized.


Asian Corsage Orchids- Mighty Sunset ‘Roxburgh Red’ and ‘Purple Haze’


Everyone was enjoying what they were seeing so cameras of all sizes and phones were out to snap photos of orchids.



Inside the main exhibit space were a lot of signs about Patrick Blanc and his work. I thought they did a good job of giving a general overview of his work and philosophy.

From the main part of the exhibit you walk through through this archway that is completely covered in flowers and orchids.

As you move through the exhibit you are flanked on either side by panels that are covered in orchids as well. You have to take your time through this area since it can get crowded at times. Also you really should take your time to see all the varieties of orchids, take photos, and help block traffic so others can take family photos as well. It’s only nice of you to help out!


We really enjoyed this year’s Orchid Show!

After the show we walked through the Ladies’ Border, which runs along the side of the conservatory. I think we were a bit early in the season for that area since there were a lot of things not yet in bloom. And yet, it was still beautiful! I caught this bee in the act gathering pollen.  🙂


We walked over to the NYBG Shop in the Garden and looked at the plants, gardening supplies, books, and prints for puchase. I had my eye on a whole line of bee adorned housewares like this serving plate and these tea towels. Too Cute! We just need to move before I get anything else!

From there we walked back through past the reflecting pool, along Garden Way, and in front of Mertz Library before going to our car for our drive back to Boston. Such a great way to send a Sunday morning.

The Orchid Show: Patrick Blanc’s Vertical Gardens is running at NYBG from March 3-April 22. While you are visiting be sure to tag your tweets on Twitter and photos on Instagram with #orchidshow. :-)  


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NYBG Orchid Show 2012- Part 1

When I realized we would be in CT for Easter weekend I just knew we would have to visit the New York Botanical Garden for their annual Orchid Show.  I had gone previously with Emily and her mom in 2009. I loved the show then so I wanted to see it again and this time introduce Price to NYBG and the show. This is their 10th annual show and this time the design was from French botanist and artist Patrick Blanc. Blanc is known for his use of vertical space and how his plantings are on the vertical plan. It’s always a wonder to me how they stay up or how they are weeded. I had actually attended a Patrick Blanc lecture previously so I was very excited to see his work in person for the The Orchid Show: Patrick Blanc’s Vertical Gardens.


We enjoyed our walk to the exhibit through garden. On our way we snapped photos of the countless robins we saw on the sprawling lawns and of the numerous varieties of daffodils that edged the walkways.


Stunning, vivid, bright, fragrant.


It was such a beautiful day. The weather was nice, skies clear, and flowers were in various states of bloom on the property.

When you walk in the conservatory you are greeted in the Palms of the World area with a large structure in the middle of the fountain. It’s lush with greens and orchids. This is ‘classic’ Patrick Blanc style of design. Reminds me of his work on Musée du quai Branly.


NYBG transforms the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory into lavish, excotic, tropical wonder that is filled with orchids for the show. However, the conservatory is a year round exhibit space so it is always filled with palms, flowers, and other plants from around the world showcasing the variety of plant species that are indigenous from different climate zones.


There is a lot of helpful signage to help you learn about Orchids. As a designer I found the presentation clear and that helps you process the information you are reading.

In this pot alone there were over a half dozen diffident kinds of orchids. The dark purple ones hanging off the tree very vary fragrant. I would have loved to have that scent bottled or put into a candle.


We moved throughout the conservatory following the way through to Lowland Tropical Rain Forest…

to the Aquatic Plants and Vines Area.


There flowers everywhere you looked in this room. Lilies in the fountain, potted flowering plants, and orchids hanging from overhead. The orchids hanging were so delicate looking and added a whimsical touch when walking through the space.


From there we continued to walk through the conservatory into the Upland Tropical Rain Forest. I was intrigued with a extensive palms and ferns species there were housed in the hall. From small potted pones to towering high ones that resembled trees- it was really quite amazing.

And that that point we were only halfway through the Conservatory! So much to see, smell, and experience!

Please check back tomorrow for Part 2 for my recap and photos of the Orchid Show.

The Orchid Show: Patrick Blanc’s Vertical Gardens is running at NYBG from March 3-April 22. While you are visiting be sure to tag your tweets on Twitter and photos on Instagram with #orchidshow. 🙂 


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4.6-8: Weekend Recap

leave work early (still over 40+ week) | Price starts the drive to CT | sonic for dinner | my turn to drive | CVS | home | relax at home with beers and TV | bed | sleep in | to do list & home depot list | mom got us breakfast sandwiches | went to home depot with mom | we get to work on the to do list | change light bulbs | power washing | prep fire place for paint | outlet covers | fix door handle | dog fight drama | shower | relax | visit TJ, Laura, Cara | stop & shop trip |visit Kris, Michael, & the boys | make tacos for dinner | catch up | back home & went to bed | up early | paint fireplace | get ready | deli breakfast | visit to NYBG for the orchid show | white castle | Price started the drive back to MA – I napped | my turn to drive – Pricer napped | back home | relax | make dinner | scrapbooking | DVR catch up | Mad Men