Start Off Spring Blossoming with the NYBG Orchid Show

Orchid Lilys

Throughout the next few weeks, the New York Botanical Gardens is hosting a stunning array of flowers with its Orchid Show, themed “Key West Contemporary” to contrast the dreary winter landscape.

Enid A Haupt

Enid A. Haupt Conservatory; Courtesy of Stephanie Furino 

The exhibition began on March 1st, and is running until April 21st. Held in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, those who attend this spectacular event will have more than a day’s worth of orchid information to explore.

Sponsored by Tiffany & Co. and Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce, the NYBG chose to conjure the allure and warmth of a southern Floridian climate in the Orchid Show abstraction this year. The orchid showcase features the interesting aesthetics of this flower species. No flower is the same; each plant is distinct from the next, which makes this exhibit more attractive to even the easily distracted, namely college students. Additional plants include palms, ferns, and elephant ears to spruce up the backdrop.

The NYBG’s website describes the display as a “mosaic of classic and exotic orchids” up for view, with alternate and “varied events and activities [that] capture the artistic and cultural appeal of the Keys through weekend musical performances, a curated poetry walk, our much-loved Orchid Evenings, and more”.

Students across campus are intrigued about the prospect of attending the show, since the bitter weather has left some students’ spirits colorless.

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Rainbow Orchid; Courtesy of Stephanie Furino

Cassandra Borho FCRH ’16 explains why the theme of the Orchid Show will attract the attention of Fordham students this spring.

“Although I don’t know much about the show, I think it is an interesting theme. Key West Contemporary will definitely draw students who want to take a break from studying and relax in the coming weeks because of approaching finals. The environment in the conservatory is perfect for that.”

On the other side of the petal, Dalton Kunz GSB ’17, says that he’s excited and aware of the Orchid Show as a Rose Hill resident. He knows most other students on campus may be oblivious to the rainforest of possibilities across the street.

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Orchid Lily; Courtesy of Lauren MacDonald

“We are not the characteristic orchid-growing demographic. I am aware that I am the minority. For the record, I will definitely be attending the show and sending photos to my mom, since she has so many different species of orchids at home—some alive longer than I have been at school,” said Kunz.

Unrelenting popularity of the show is apparent. Taziah Taveras FCRH ’15 says that she will probably be headed back to the show again this year.

“The Orchid Show last year was cool and I really liked it. I am considering it again this year since it was such a good experience, and gives students perspective on the different species of plants around the world.”

One thing that all Fordham students, and NYBG’s visitors can agree on is the diversity, and co-dependence factors, that make orchids a viable plant worth learning about.

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Courtesy of Lauren MacDonald

To give a short overview, orchids are plants where the female and male reproductive systems must collaborate in order to create each extraordinarily unique flower. One of the most difficult aspects of an orchid’s livelihood is the environment it is raised in.

Dalton Kunz elaborates about his trials and tribulations of maintaining a tropical environment for his orchid in the not-so-tropical Fordham dorms.

“Aside from people thinking that you are a plant-loving hippie, getting the right amount of light is the hardest part. Many people don’t know that they don’t bloom frequently, so when they are not blooming, you have a sad-looking leaf plant taking up precious space in your small dorm.”

In order to give yourself the whole-hearted Orchid Show experience, check out the display any time from Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., where students and countless New Yorkers alike can take in the glorious spectacle. Tickets for students are $18.00, but you may just walk out of the Conservatory craving a new and colorful best friend.

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