A Night of Unmatched Beauty at the New York Botanical Gardens Orchid Show

Written by: Krity Shrestha

Photography by: Ashley Gallerani

The fresh orchids & exotic flowers released a beautiful soft and soothing smell in the air. Lights were soft and dim, except for spotlights on colorful orchids popping from the lush jungle surroundings. Sounds of Thai chimes played softly in the background. The atmosphere created was relaxing - almost spa like. It was the first night of Orchid Evenings at the New York Botanical Gardens and we felt springs fragrant tease in the air despite the cold wintery weather outside.

 Krity lounges at fountain's edge. 

Krity lounges at fountain's edge. 

If you're looking for a unique date night, trying to impress visitors, or just want to have fun with the ladies, Orchid Evenings at the NY Botanical Garden is a fun way to spend your weekend. It’s a great change from the typical dinner and movie date.

 One of the many orchids on display. 

One of the many orchids on display. 

It is a botanical garden and National Historic Landmark located in the Bronx, New York City. The 250-acre site's verdant landscape supports over one million living plants in extensive collections.

 The exterior of the Orchid show. 

The exterior of the Orchid show. 

Getting there is simple; take a 30-minute ride from Grand Central to the “Botanical Gardens” station and the scenic landscape is directly across from the train. I recommend getting there early as the show got packed quickly. 

 Thai elephants made with live plants. 

Thai elephants made with live plants. 

We walked up to the beautifully lit conservatory and knew it would be a colorful night. The minute we entered, I felt as if I had been transported to Thailand. The building was filled with tropical plants and beautiful flowers as far as the eye could see.

 A beautiful orchid display inspired by Thailand. 

A beautiful orchid display inspired by Thailand. 

 A Thai dancer poses in traditional garb. 

A Thai dancer poses in traditional garb. 

This year’s exhibition features an astonishing array of blooming orchids that culminates in a jaw-dropping scene of a large arched façade in the style of a traditional Thai pavilion. Throughout the night, guests enjoyed the sights and sounds of live DJs from a variety of musical backgrounds, and the renowned traditional dance routines of the Somapa Thai Dance Company.

 Live DJ music illuminated the space with a variety of musical stylings. 

Live DJ music illuminated the space with a variety of musical stylings. 

The Botanical Garden has done an amazing job creating a beautiful temple setting filled with colorful orchids that surround you as you walk throughout the conservatory. There were Thai lanterns hung from the ceiling, creating a romantic atmosphere.

 Thai decor covered the interior of the greenhouse. 

Thai decor covered the interior of the greenhouse. 

 A fountain in one of the many halls of the greenhouse. 

A fountain in one of the many halls of the greenhouse. 

Throughout the night, traditional Thai dancers graced the stage with their elegant movements. The soft and fluid dance went perfectly with the beautiful instrumentals. The dancers clothing was made of silk and was intricately detailed with gold patterns.

 Thai dancer in traditional garb. 

Thai dancer in traditional garb. 

There were hundreds of different flowers that filled the rooms. I enjoyed getting to learn about the various types of orchids. My personal favorite was the Moth orchid. It is native to Southern Asia and is known for its spot and stripe pattern.

 The Moth Orchid. 

The Moth Orchid. 

As the night came to a close, I felt as though I had been transported to the Moth Orchids native home in Southern Asia. I stepped out of the exotic jungle settings into the blistering cold of New York, regained my surroundings and adapted to the contrasting environment eager for Springs fragrant and warm tease to greet me again soon.

 Krity dressed for an evening of flowers. 

Krity dressed for an evening of flowers. 


The Orchid Show: Thailand runs through April 7th at the New York Botanical Garden. Tickets start at $35. To find out more visit NYBG.org.

We were guests of Orchid Evenings, however, the opinions are our own.


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