Must Do: New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show


Spring is finally coming to NYC! That means that the New York Botanical Garden’s (NYBG) annual Orchid Show is in full swing.

NYBG is a great place to spend the afternoon with your kids. Easily accessible by Metro North, NYBG is an amazing oasis right in the middle of the Bronx, featuring 50 gardens and more than one million plants. Special events take place all year long, but none more well-known than the Orchid Show.

Key West Contemporary

This year’s theme is Key West Contemporary which takes visitors straight down to the Florida Keys. Step into the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, which has been transformed into a modernist Key West Estate Garden, and marvel at the vast array of colorful orchids which bloom amidst reflecting pools, benches and pergolas. There are thousands of orchids on display.


Special Events:

Many special events will be taking place during the Orchid Show’s run (through April 21). Visitors can participate in a Key West Poetry Walk, which takes them through the Perennial Garden. Poems from many 20th-century poets will be on display including Elizabeth Bishop and James Merrill – both frequent Key West visitors. What a fun way to introduce your children to the art of poetry.

The NYBG will also offer special children’s programs during the run of the Orchid Show. In Little Landscapes, kids can create and take home their own terrariums, complete with rocks, moss or flowers.

The Culinary Kids Food Festival will offer hands-on activities for budding chefs, teaching kids the important relationships between plants, farms food.

The NYBG Orchid Show is a great way to introduce your kids to nature. Don’t forget to visit the gift shop where you can take home your very own orchid – provided you have a green thumb!


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