What: Brazilian Modern Orchid Show
Where: New York Botanical Garden, Bronx
When: This weekend-April 10
Why: February showers bring March flowers, right? After this week’s snowstorm, we could use a little bit of spring about now. At the seventh annual Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden, landscape architect Raymond Jungles has created a true living work of art, complete with vibrant mosaics, fountains, and cascading bromeliads, and of course, the 30,000 colorful species of orchids from every continent except Antarctica. It’s a mini back-to-school event with the “Chocolate and Vanilla Adventures” exhibit in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, where kids of all ages can learn about the vanilla orchid, cacao beans, and the unique recipe for ancient Mayan hot chocolate. Horticulture yourself.
Cost: Adults $20, Seniors/Students $18, Children $8
Photo: Courtesy of Ivo M. Vermeulen and NYBG
How to get there:
By Metro-North Railroad: Take the Metro-North Harlem local line to Botanical Garden Station. Walk across Kazimiroff Boulevard to the Garden’s Mosholu Gate entrance. Just 20 minutes from Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.
By Subway: Take the B, D, or 4 train to Bedford Park Blvd Station. From the station exit: Take the Bx 26 bus east to the Garden’s Mosholu Gate entrance, OR walk eight blocks down the hill on Bedford Park Blvd to the end (approximately 20 minutes). Turn left onto Kazimiroff Blvd and walk one block to Mosholu Gate entrance.
Admission: NYBG is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays (closed Mondays except federal holidays: September 1, October 13). All-Garden Pass: Adults $20, Seniors and Students (with valid ID) $18, Children (2-12 years) $7, Children under 2 are free, and NYBG Members are free. The above pass includes entrance to the Conservatory, the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, the Rock and Native Plant Gardens, the Tram Tour, and all other gardens and exhibitions on the grounds. Grounds-only passes are free on Saturday mornings and all day Wednesday. (The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road, Bronx, 718.817.8700, nybg.org)