Get an eye-full of spring when you head to the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. The Orchid Show: Thailand pays homage to the rich cultural traditions and 1,200 varieties of native orchid species in this Southeast Asian nation.
Housed in the stunning Victorian-style glasshouse Enid A Haupt Conservatory, the exhibit dazzles with spirit houses, hanging lanterns, ponds, pools and playful elephant-shaped topiaries festooned with colorful blooms. Thousands of spectacular specimens of every size and color are on display. The colors, fragrance and highly artistic displays of these elegant flowers are just the ticket to lift you out of the winter doldrums.
Thailand has an international reputation as a center for orchid horticulture. Traditional Thai methods of clipping and pruning form whimsical shapes that add playful flair and make this year’s show a treat for all ages. Rare Vanda orchids, prized for their large patterned blooms, are sure to captivate.
This floral fantasy runs until April 9. A rich array of multimedia programming complements the exhibit. Enjoy dance performances, film screenings and orchid care demos. Evenings at the garden entertain with music, dance and specialty cocktails, so consider a date night visit.
If you feel like challenging your green thumb, thousands of elegant orchids are on sale at the NYBG Shop. They offer diminutive varieties just right for cramped NYC apartments that are a breeze to tote home on the subway.
B, D or 4 train to Bedford Park Blvd. Station. Walk eight blocks down the hill on Bedford Park Blvd. to the Mosholu Gate entrance. An alternative is Metro-North to Botanical Garden Station.
Photo credit: New York Botanical Garden
Allison is a native New Yorker, who has lived in Rome, Tuscany, Melbourne, Toronto and Los Angeles. She frequently contributes travel pieces to Family Travel Forum, using her own children as guinea pigs as they travel the globe. She is fluent in Italian and Spanish and laughably adequate in French. Her background as an Early Childhood Educator gives her an added understanding of what it takes to travel with kids in tow. She firmly believes that the most important part of education takes place outside of the classroom, on the road, around the world. She never misses a chance to sample local delicacies, as her love for travel goes hand-in-hand with her love for food and wine. Follow Allison at @gourmetrav.