True Hawaii

The New York Botanical Garden announces an eye-opening show on Georgia O’Keeffe in Hawaii at a luau of a luncheon at the Grand Hyatt New York.

At this time of year, our thoughts turn to all things tropical, including the Aloha State – so much so that we spend quality time with Elvis in “Blue Hawaii” and episodes of “Hawaii Five-0” and “Magnum, P.I.” (We know:  It’s not the same as being there, but still.)

This past Tuesday, we had a breath of spring, courtesy not only of the temps but of a luau of a luncheon thrown by the New York Botanical Garden at the Grand Hyatt New York in Manhattan in honor of its forthcoming “Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai’i” (May 19-Oct. 28). The Garden’s latest multidisciplinary blockbuster will feature more than 20 paintings that O’Keeffe made while on assignment in 1939 for what is now the Dole Food Co. (Who knew the great painter of the desert, Manhattan skyscrapers and upstate New York had applied her gifts to such lushness?)

This being the Garden, expect the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory to be transformed into an island paradise, along with a feast of Hawaiian cultural events.

Meanwhile, we can’t wait for the Garden’s annual “Orchid Show” (March 3-April 22), this year featuring installations by floral artist Daniel Ost. Then save the weekend of May 4-6 for one of our favorites, NYBG’s “Garden Art & Antiques Fair,” which actually begins with a preview party May 3. Once again it will feature the choicest plants, antiques and art. New for 2018, experts take the stage for engaging, informative sessions on topics from interior to floral design.

For more, visit And for more on “Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai’i,” look for WAG’s March “Designing Women” issue.

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