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The 8th Annual Orchid Show: Cuba in Flower
(Orchid Show Website)
(Shop in the Garden Website)
Through April 11, 2010

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Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
February 28, 2010


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The New York Botanical Garden is now presenting orchids, set in the ambiance of colorful Havana, its 8th Annual Orchid Show, called Cuba in Flower, in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. This has been a blizzard-filled February, but the thick snow and clear, chilly air did not affect this excursion, except to create a winter wonderland outdoors and a tropical retreat indoors. Cuban landscape architect, Jorge Sánchez, of Sánchez & Maddux in Palm Beach, designed the exquisite orchid plant arrangements, which are carefully mixed with the Botanical Garden’s expansive palm trees, cacti, tropical fruit trees, walkways, and reflecting pools. A replica of Havana’s renowned tower and statue, “La Giraldilla”, welcomes visitors in the Palms of the Americas Gallery.

Under these arching palms, visitors will experience cane orchids (“Dendrobium”), Slipper Orchids (“Paphiopedilum”), and pink-purple-yellow orchids (“Oncidium”). The Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show also offers workshops, gardening demonstrations, a children’s program, in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, called “Chocolate and Vanilla Adventures” (where children learn about vanilla coming from an orchid plant’s seedpod), and a continuing education program for orchid design, gardening, and botanical art. In addition, The Botanical Garden is continuing its ongoing exhibits in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Docent Tours, such as Bird Walks, Garden Tours, Orchid Show Tours, and Forest Tours, and Continuing Education Programs, such as Horticultural Therapy, Landscape Design, and Botany.

For my snow-bound, Botanical Garden visit, I went straight to the Conservatory for The Orchid Show, a short path from The Leon Levy Visitor Center. No tram was needed, as the weather was clear, and I looked forward to some fresh air and brisk exercise, after a winter in Manhattan. The Orchid Show drew many visitors, speaking a variety of languages, some wheeling strollers and holding the hands of captivated children. I had planned a full-day’s visit, so I could photograph at a leisurely pace and still have time for a walk through the grounds and a long Shop tour.

The Cuban-styled orchid displays were enchanted, bursting with hundreds of varieties: solid-colored orchids, polka-dotted orchids, striped orchids, orchids that looked like slippers, orchids that looked like fruit, orchids that grew on walls, and orchids that hung from planters. The Conservatory entrance was fragrant and inviting, with warm spaces under sunny glass panes, and cool spaces, in tunnels and shadows of large palms. The World of Plants exhibit co-mingled ferns, cacti, and the orchids, and every turn of the indoor trails brought stunning new visions of floral abundance and delectable décor. Informative posters and a tropical planters’ hut added meaning and inspiration to the gestalt of this experience.

After The Orchid Show, I was ready for lunch at The Garden Café, and I chose cold Italian Antipasto and white wine this time. My brief walk took me through budding bushes and snow-adorned trees, often enhanced in black-white silhouette. At The Shop in the Garden, I found a perfect birthday gift (resin-covered, deep blue orchid pin and orchid petal earrings). The orchid plants were on sale, and the checkout lines were indicative of orchid enthusiasts. The Shop in the Garden also has a wide variety of children’s toys, imported vegetable seeds, garden equipment, and floral design literature.

Do not miss The New York Botanical Garden’s 8th Annual Orchid Show: Cuba in Flower, running through April 11, 2010. Wear comfortable shoes, light, layered clothing, and be sure to bring your camera. Save May 7 – 9, 2010, for an Antique Garden Furniture Show and Sale, and, April 30 – June 13, 2010, Emily Dickinson’s Garden, The Poetry of Flowers.


Arrival at the 8th Annual Orchid Show: Cuba in Flower



Arriving for the Orchid Show
A Snowy Winter Scene at
The New York Botanical Garden
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Arriving for the Orchid Show
A Snowy Winter Scene at
The New York Botanical Garden
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Arriving for the Orchid Show
A Snowy Winter Scene at
The New York Botanical Garden
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Arriving for the Orchid Show
A Snowy Winter Scene at
The New York Botanical Garden
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Arriving for the Orchid Show
A Snowy Winter Scene at
The New York Botanical Garden
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Home of The Orchid Show:
Cuba in Flower
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Home of The Orchid Show:
Cuba in Flower
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Home of The Orchid Show:
Cuba in Flower
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Home of The Orchid Show:
Cuba in Flower
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Home of The Orchid Show:
Cuba in Flower
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Permanent Plant Displays at
The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Home of The Orchid Show:
Cuba in Flower
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Papaya Plants at
The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Home of The Orchid Show:
Cuba in Flower
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Educational Displays at
The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Home of The Orchid Show:
Cuba in Flower
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Educational Displays at
The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Home of The Orchid Show:
Cuba in Flower
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Educational Displays at
The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Home of The Orchid Show:
Cuba in Flower
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Permanent Plant Displays at
The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Home of The Orchid Show:
Cuba in Flower
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Permanent Plant Displays at
The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Home of The Orchid Show:
Cuba in Flower
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Permanent Plant Displays at
The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Home of The Orchid Show:
Cuba in Flower
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Permanent Plant Displays at
The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Home of The Orchid Show:
Cuba in Flower
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Orchid Preview at
The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Home of The Orchid Show:
Cuba in Flower
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Arrival and Departure Display at
The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Home of The Orchid Show:
Cuba in Flower
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Italian Antipasto and White Wine
at The Garden Café
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Leaving the Orchid Show
A Snowy Winter Scene at
The New York Botanical Garden
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower






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