Photo Essay: New York Botanical Garden ‘Spotlight on Orchids’

By Paul Riegler on 21 February 2021
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The pandemic has meant many changes for New York’s cultural institutions, among them the New York Botanical Garden.

Each year, the garden presents a highly regarded orchid exhibition but, amidst the pandemic-induced restrictions currently in effect in the New York area and the terrible toll that the coronavirus has taken, it is presenting a more limited exhibition – ‘Spotlight on Orchids’ – in the Enid Haupt Conservatory, an Italian Renaissance building that was inspired by the Crystal Palace in London and which opened in 1902.

For the uninitiated, the New York Botanical Garden is a garden located at Bronx Park that is dedicated to the collection, cultivation, and display of a wide range of plants along with their botanical names.  It was founded in 1891 and is located on a 250-acre (100-hectare) site that is home to over one million plants.  In addition to plant-based exhibitions, the garden offers a variety of programs for adults and children including poetry readings, lectures, music, and dance.

Our visit on the opening day revealed a pastoral setting with relatively few visitors, thanks to Covid-19 restrictions.  Social-distancing signs were everywhere, and most were well integrated into the exhibition, and leaves were placed every 6’ (0.9 m) on the floors of the exhibition halls as a reminder of the correct spacing.

If you’re curious what a giant mirrored orchid with water cascading through it into a pond might look like, you will find the answer here along with thousands of different varieties of the colorful and fragrant flowering plant, all in the garden’s rain-forest galleries.

Join FBT Editorial Director as he walks you through highlights of “Spotlight on Orchids via these striking photographs.



(Photos: Accura Media Group)

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