The Orchid Show in NYC guide

Enjoy an early spring at the The Orchid Show—NYC’s incredible floral display at the New York Botanical Garden

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A dreamy spray of orchids to enliven your winter bones is on the way to The New York Botanical Garden for its annual Orchid Show with designs by floral designer Jeff Leatham.

If you’re not familiar, The New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show exhibits thousands of species of beautiful blossoming orchids, and it’s one of the best NYC events in February, and is one of the best things to do in The Bronx.

While Macy's has its Flower Show, which is worth seeing in its own right, the NYBG's orchid show has been running for 18 years and has only gotten better.

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What is the Orchid Show NYC?

The balmy and bountiful festival this year is titled The Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope. The display will transform the garden's conservatory into a tunnel of hypnotic floral designs reminiscent of a look through a kaleidoscope.

"Color is the first and most important aspect of my work, always," Jeff Leatham says. "I want every gallery to be a different color experience for visitors as they move through them, like looking into a kaleidoscope. I loved kaleidoscopes as a child. You start dreaming as you look through one. People have seen the interiors of the Conservatory already, but with this exhibition, I want them to look through them like never before."

And as usual, there will be special Orchid Evenings during which visitors can enjoy the attraction after dark, including a gorgeous display of lights, among the orchids. There will be alcoholic beverages and snacks for purchase, as well as live entertainment. 

When is the Orchid Show NYC?

NYBG’s Orchid show runs starting February 15 through April 19, 2020. 

Where is the Orchid Show NYC?

The Orchid Show takes place at the New York Botanical Garden (2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx) inside the Enid A. Haupt Observatory.

How do I get tickets to the Orchid Show NYC?

Tickets ($23 on weekdays, $30 on weekends) are available here

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