A couple of weeks ago I visited the New York Botanical Garden to catch their show ‘The Orchid Show: Chandeliers”. It was truly an Orchid Extravaganza! Their goal was to mimic a tropical rain forest and to embrace the spirit of greenhouse growers from an earlier century who would hang orchids up a tree or suspended in some fashion, forcing you to look up to view these stunning epiphytes in a situation akin to their homes in the forests. It was a huge success!
The photo above is (in my opinion) their ‘crown jewel’. My photo does not do this justice. It was remarkable and I couldn’t even hazard a guess as to how many orchids were used in it’s construction and then factor in the maintenance to keep it looking fresh. Astounding! And if you’re curious how it was constructed, follow this link. Truly epic gardening!
Sadly the orchid show is gone, but it is an annual event at the NYBG. Keep it in mind for next year when you’re in the deepest winter funk. There’s nothing better than a crazily huge greenhouse when you’re knee deep in the snow!
And if you’re inspired to try orchids yourself, do! Phalaenopsis are especially easy to grow and they flower for so long you almost get sick of them – almost! Here’s a link to an old post of mine on how I get them to re-bloom with ease. And you don’t have to spend a ton of money on them, I’m a big fan of Homey-D or even the Costco’s of the world when they’re offering orchids (always a good price!), just be sure the closed blossoms look healthy with no yellowing and that there are no withered leaves.
Happy gardening everyone! Hope you get outside and dig a bit of soil this weekend!