NYBG’s “Orchid Show” gives spring a boost

Sure, it says spring on the calendar. But we all know it takes a while to get here. Old Man Winter is like “The Man Who Came To Dinner”: He just stays and stays.

The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, though, has just the ticket – the annual “Orchid Show” (through April 19).

This year’s theme is “Chandeliers.” Picture baskets of the beauties hanging from the Palms of the World Gallery and The Seasonal Exhibition Galleries in The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. (There are more in The Upland and Lowland Rain Forest Galleries.) You walk in and immediately feel as if you’re in Florida.

Cap your visit with a tasty lunch at The Pine Tree Café and a visit to The Shop in the Garden, where you can purchase orchids of your own. But if you’re not up to the challenge of caring for the darlings, which have a bit of a divo temperament, might we suggest purchasing a sweet little red and green succulent?

One thing about desert plants (which you can also enjoy in The Conservatory) – not high maintenance.

For more, visit http://www.nybg.org/exhibitions/2015/orchid-show/. And don’t miss WAG’s advance look at The Garden’s upcoming blockbuster, “Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life” (May 16-Nov. 1) in the mag’s May “Passion Flowers” issue.

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