Address: 2900 Southern Boulevard - 718-817-8700
Description: The 11th annual exhibition celebrates this storied flower in all its amazing forms with thousands of brilliantly colored orchids. The largest exhibition of its kind in the United States also offers insight into caring for orchids, music from around the world, and a gorgeous setting for evening cocktails. Elaborate and kaleidoscopic displays throughout the galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explode with orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures. Tens of thousands of blooms--blue and purple vandas, green and yellow cymbidiums, delicate pink and white moth orchids, and more--stand out amid stately palms and exotic tropical leaves. This year The Orchid Show is designed by Francisca P. Coelho, Vivian and Edward Merrin Vice President for Glasshouses and Exhibitions at the Garden. Coehlho is best known for her plantsmanship and key role in the design and development of high-profile shows in the Conservatory.
Venue Description: The New York Botanical Garden is a museum of plants, an educational institution, and a scientific research organization. Founded in 1891 and now a National Historic Landmark, it is one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world and the largest in any city in the United States. Home to the largest herbarium in the Western Hemisphere, the Botanical Garden's curated living collections contain more than 1 million plants. The greenhouses and the conservatory -- a New York City Landmark -- is the largest Victorian-era glasshouse in America. Set apart by the beauty of its sprawling 250-acre landscape and extensive collections and gardens, as well as by the scope and excellence of its programs in horticulture, education, and science, its Children's Education program has been a pioneer in innovative, informal science discovery facilities and activities; and its scientific research on plants and fungi is unmatched in scale, depth, and authority. The Garden includes the most important botanical and horticultural library in the world and a wealth of programs, exhibitions, and activities for visitors to enjoy. The grounds display masterpieces, some dating to the 1840s, by many of the nation's most accomplished architects and designers, both past and contemporary.
The New York Botanical Garden is located at 200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard in the Bronx, just 20 minutes from Grand Central Station on the Metro-North Railroad. The Garden is open year-round, Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-6pm, except for the following dates with early closings: January 13, 2009 to February 27, 2009, 10am-5pm; May 20, 2009, 10am-3pm; and June 4, 2009, 10am-3pm. The Garden is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Mondays, and may close early on other holidays. Grounds-Only Admission can only be purchased on site and fees are $6 for adults, $5 for adult Bronx residents, $3 for seniors and students with a valid ID, $1 for children 2 to12 years old and free for children under two years old. Grounds admission is free to everyone all day on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am-12 pm. The New York Botanical Garden is committed to making its exhibitions, programs, and services accessible to all who visit. Wheelchairs are available to be borrowed free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis at the Mosholu Gate Ticket Booth and the Leon Levy Visitor Center Information Booth. Reservations are not accepted and an ID must be left with Visitor Services for the duration of the visit.