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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.