The Orchid Show: Orchidelirium on view at The New York Botanical Garden

The Orchid Show: Orchidelirium on view at The New York Botanical Garden

Daisies are nice and roses always make for great good-to floral arrangements, but there’s something so intriguing about an orchid—so much so that throughout history determined explores have risked personal safety to retrieve these exotic posies from jungles around the world.

If you have a particular interest in orchids, or want to know more about this alluring flower, I suggest a trip to the Bronx to see The Orchid Show: Orchidelirium at The New York Botanical Garden. Orchidelirium—the Victorian-era craze of discovering and collecting orchids—is the inspiration for the attraction’s 14th annual Orchid Show

On view thru April 17, the comprehensive exhibit, housed in the breathtaking Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, allows horticulture enthusiasts the chance to view a wide variety of orchids—spanning all colors, sizes, shapes and textures. At the exhibit, popular orchids are flawlessly intermingled with rarely seen varieties, as well as specimens of the Psychopsis papilio, which inspired the Duke of Devonshire’s obsession with orchids that contributed to Orchidelirium in London, and Paphiopedilum sanderianum—named for nurseryman Frederick Sander, the self-proclaimed “Orchid King.” The exhibit also includes the chance to see thousands of orchids as they appear in the wild, learn about the transition of orchids from growing in the wild to cultivation in greenhouses and more.

Special events are held throughout the exhibit, including Orchid Evenings on Saturdays (as well as Thurs., March 24 and Fri., April 15), which start at 6:30 p.m. and include a complimentary cocktail. For more on The Orchid Show: Orchidelirium, click here

Photo by Marlon Co

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