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The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden

Today's photos are from Petra Williams, who has a long history here at the GPOD of taking us on her gardening travels. She's taken us to Old Westbury Gardens on Long Island in New York (HERE), the Central Park Conservatory Garden in New York City (HERE), and the Desert Botanic Garden in Phoenix, Arizona (HERE), as well as her own summer-house garden in Vermont (HERE). Today she's taking us back to New York again. She says, "On a Friday evening, just as spring was starting up here, my husband and I went to the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx to see their Orchid Show called Chandeliers. In addition seeing all those gorgeous orchids beautifully placed in The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, the price of admission included a glass of wine. Quite the nice evening. On the way to the Conservatory, there were a few trees that caught my eye, one of the largest star magnolias that I’ve seen in full bloom, and a paperbark maple that didn’t have a leaf, but what a trunk! I also got some pictures of the Conservatory at sunset. It is such a lovely building." Gorgeous, Petra! I love NYBG.

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  1. perenniallycrazy 04/29/2015

    What a magnificent display and venue! Hope to be able to visit someday.

  2. user-1020932 04/29/2015

    all beautiful but that paperbark maple is something to get excited about!

  3. jagardener 04/29/2015

    Awesome Display. NYBG is still on my bucket list.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 04/29/2015

    Love the orchids, the trees and that great building! I think it's beutiful when the orchids cascade like they do in the wild. Doesn't work so much on the dining table, but hanging or on a high sill? Gorgeous!

  5. greengenes 04/29/2015

    Thanks so much for sharing these pictures with us, Petra! The name of the show, "Chandeliers" is very fitting! I hope to visit here some day! We had a huge orchid display at our "Northwest Flower and Garden" show which was stunning, too. They are so beautiful! The building itself is a piece of art! Now for the tree...Gorgeooussss! Arent trees amazing! Just one little seed can grow such magnificent plants! Well thanks again....Have a great spring!

  6. GrannyMay 04/29/2015

    Beautiful! Thank you Petra! Enlarging the orchid photos helped get more of their full glory.

  7. schatzi 04/29/2015

    WOW!! What a gorgeous display. Thanks for posting.

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    gringopeligroso 04/29/2015

    WOW! I'm going to quit staking my small collection of flower spikes and allow them to arch and cascade....NICE! LOVE your capture of the reflections!! Had the opportunity to visit this fine Garden once on a business trip! Highly recommend the same to others, and a bit envious of those of you who live so close! A beautiful treasure in which to participate and enjoy! And, as much as I love orchids, that Star Magnolia you captured in all it's glory is a show and heart stopper!! (The smaller one in my Garden has a ways to go!!)

  9. sheila_schultz 04/29/2015

    The orchids are gorgeous, but I'm with Jeff... that paperbark maple makes me swoon! Thanks for another wonderful garden tour!

  10. user-7007140 04/29/2015

    These are just stunning, Petra. Just recently one of my little supermarket orchids rebloomed. You have no idea how exciting that felt! I'm sold, totally. Could I possibly succeed in having them cascade from a tree, I wonder?
    Thank you for adding to the dreams.
    And that paperbark maple - longing just fills me!

  11. GrannyCC 04/29/2015

    Gorgeous thanks for the display.

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    meander_michaele 04/29/2015

    Goodness, Petra, it had to be almost dizzying to walk about and gaze up at so much etherial beauty. And what a magnificent many wonderful architectural details to notice. Both the the paperbark maple and the star magnolia were certainly photo worthy and their breadth in maturity evoked sighs of admiration from me.

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