New York Botanical Garden's Orchid Show: Beauty in the Bronx

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Though snow continues to fall across the city, spring has finally arrived at the Bronx's New York Botanical Garden, where the conservatory's annual Orchid Show is in full bloom. To celebrate, we rode the train uptown, took off our jackets, and spoke with Marc Hachadourian, the manager of the Nolan glasshouse and the garden's orchid curator.

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On what makes this year's show special: Over the past several years we've used some very special designers, landscape designers who have helped us come up with different themes and designs for the show. For some of the previous exhibitions, it's had what you might say is a very contemporary feel, a very high design feel, because of some of the design styles of the people we worked with, people like Patrick Blanc, the famous green wall designer who we worked with last year.

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And this year we decided to work not only with an in-house designer (Francisca Coehlo, who has actually been responsible for the implementation of all the orchid shows over the past few years, fine tuning the designs that have been done over the years) and go back to her roots, doing a kind of naturalistic display, a fantasy garden-type atmosphere, which a lot of our visitors said they loved.

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On where the orchids come from: We get most of the plants from speciality nurseries around the country—Hawaii, Florida, California, you name it—because we don't have the space needed to grow that quanity of plant material year round. We do also supplement the displays with unusual specimens from our own collection and do a couple of speciality displays both in the Lowland Rainforest Galleries as well as a case full of miniature orchids, very unusual species orchids that come from our permanent collection.

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On his own interest in orchids: I was a kid always interested in science, running around the woods and the swamps near my house getting involved in all sorts of things, catching snakes, turtles, and lizards. And as you discover thing you didn't know, I'd just look them up in my field guides and my books and I discovered some native orchids growing around my house. Once I started learning about orchids and the orchid family and the unusual plants that they are, it kind of developed into this passion about orchids that I just took to the extreme. And now I'm working with them every day.


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Locom
Locom

The botanical wonders are wonderful. On the other hand the plants are also used for cooking and preparing meals. The managers of "Mi Ami Italian Cafe" realised that fact".the plants enriched the pizzas,
seafood, gnocchi, ravioli and steaks have proved their value many times. The staff is really friendly and motivated. In this restaurant you can smell the fragrance of passion. Mi Ami Italian Cafe is the perfect spot for tasty lunches, friendly gatherings, birthday parties, romantic dinners and pre-club drinks.

gold
gold

The NY BG is a great, great institution, not far from the Bronx Zoo on the back side of Fordham UNiversity's Rose Hill Campus.  Take the kids - Make a day of it, go to the Zoo then the BG.  Orchids are inspirational. Look at them closely and observe their intensity of color and fractal purity.  It is like looking at deep space color photography, but it right before you.  Thanks for the article, VV.

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