The New York Botanical Garden Transports Visitors to Key West

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“To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.” – George Santayana

In New England, each of the seasons has its own distinct, somewhat maddening identity. And while I know it’s silly to prefer one to another, as they do change so quickly, I must admit that after the winter we just endured, I am already falling hopelessly in love with spring. The sun is shining a little brighter, and there is a restored hopefulness in the air it seems. One of the best places to celebrating the coming of warm weather and urban beauty is also the best place to feel transported to a warmer climate altogether: the New York Botanical Garden.

Right now, the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) is hosting one of its most adored exhibitions, called The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary. NYBG’sVice President for Glasshouses and Exhibitions,Francisca P. Coelho, designed this year’s Orchid Show, a beautiful display of the exotic flowers held right in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Who knew that so much thoughtful curating was necessary for a flower show?

Describes NYBG, “During The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary, step out of the bustling city and into the Florida Keys, where the dramatic beauty of a flourishing tropical garden is amplified by vibrant architecture that recalls this particular island’s charm and ambience,” of how the conservator has been transformed to look like a modernist Key West estate garden. There is a huge amount of orchid diversity represented in the show, as well as educational programs that highlight NYBG’s commitment to Orchid conservation.

Throughout the colorful exhibition you’ll also find myriad events and activities taking place, weekend musical performances, a curated poetry walk, the NYBG’s much-loved “Orchid Evenings,” and more. Learn more about the exquisite exhibition, on view until April 21st, 2014, by visiting


About Alex Holt

I am a local artist from Brooklyn, NY. I love art, design, books, photography, gardening and blogging.
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