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Check out our photos of the 2014 Orchid Show (slide show)

Head to NYBG as winter turns to spring to experience the splendor of Key West’s tropical orchid gardens without ever setting foot outside the city.

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary

Photograph: Alex Strada

The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary


With the return of the cold weather, you probably want to escape to Key West like every other New York family. As luck has it, you can do just this weekend and in the months ahead—without ever leaving the city! We were invited to a sneak preview of the New York Botanical Garden’s 12th annual Orchid Exhibition, "Key West Contemporary," which showcases Key West’s vibrant tropical charm.

From March 1 to April 21, you and your little ones can wander inside the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory to explore Key West’s signature natural elements alongside the town's contemporary architecture, a juxtaposition inspired by the award-winning work of landscape architect Raymond Jungles.


Get lost among fountains, lush garden walls and orchid-enveloped pergolas that reach to the sky, enter the minds of great American poets who frequented Key West along the Poetry Walk, and even make a game out of your excursion: Can the kids find the vandas (rainbow orchids)? What about the dendrobiums (cane orchids) and the cymbidiums (Asian corsage orchids)?

Check out the NYBG website for various programs that will be offered throughout the course of the exhibition, such as Key West poetry readings, concerts and orchid care demonstrations. NYBG works year-round to conserve delicate orchid specimens from all over the world, so be sure to visit their permanent collection, too!


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