Tuesday, March 18, 2008

New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show '08

This years Orchid show at the Botanical Garden was just gorgeous. I took almost 200 photos this year and wish I could show them all on my blog but that would be just impossible. I'll be doing another post on the show in the upcoming weeks and have decided to break both posts down in some kind of logical fashion. This one will show overall shots of some of the most beautiful displays and the next, will be close ups of all the beautiful plants and their names whenever possible.

These 2 photos above were taken as you walk into the front door of the Enid Haupt Conservatory. Every year this is the building that houses the Orchid show as well as other special displays. This is the pond that you see in the entryway of the conservatory and each year it is filled with beautiful Orchid displays floating on the water.

All kinds of different varieties of Orchids decorate the front of this faux house.

Bamboo was a big theme this year, so many of the pots and structures were made of Bamboo.

This is the reverse side of the faux house and as you can see, it is surrounded on all sides by Orchids.

Close-up of the back roof top.

This faux house is also surrounded by water and pots of Orchids supported by Bamboo rafts, appeared to be floating all around.

My favorite thing however, were the gorgeous archways filled with all different Orchid varieties, I could have stayed under these arches all day long. Do you know how long I had to walk back and forth in this area to finally get a shot with no people in the way?? Well, it was quite a while but still, it was worth it to wait for the perfect shot.

This was my favorite Orchid show by far. We've gone the last 3 years and while the 2006 show was my favorite thus far, 2008 has definitely taken over the top slot, due in particular to these archways I think.

I did get my shirt and also a new Orchid...I'll be showing those in the upcoming weeks as well. Enjoy!!!


Brook said...

What fabulous photos!!!! Thank you!!! Such beautiful gardens!!


Donna said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love the archway ~ beautiful colors!
Glad you got your tee shirt!

the feathered nest said...

Oh my, so fabulous! I would have loved to have been there!


Abby Creek Art said...

Wow, orchid heaven! What a gorgeous place. You must have felt wonderful being surrounded by all that beauty.

A wildlife gardener said...

These are simply breath-taking, dear Ruth. My hearth is covered in orchids as I am unable to have them outdoors. they always seem so exotic to me. I love how they stay I flower for months on end. When we went to the Chelsea Flower show last year I took oodles of photos of orchids :)

Gail McCormack said...

Stunning Ruth!! Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Oh My Gosh Ruth! That must have been amazing to be there in person. Your photos are gorgeous. I am looking forward to more.

Mosaic*Queen said...

I am sooooo jealous!! We never have flower shows here. I think people that live in the desert, just don't believe in them. That's why my yard really sticks out in the neighborhood. I have desert denial!
Thank you for sharing! I would've spent hours with you under those arches!

Ruth Welter said...

Thanks everyone, this was such a spectacular show. Those arches were my very favorite thing and I could have just stood there forever. I'll be posting pictures of Orchid close ups over the next weeks...so everyone can see some cool up close and personal photos of the Orhids.

Michelle, that is what I love about your yard, it is so lush and gorgeous, I would never image from looking at it, that you live in a desert landscape area. : )

NeereAnDear said...

Oh Ruth how gorgeous!! I could get lost in this beautiful place...

You know how I feel about Orchids... wow ... I dont think I have ever seen anything so stunning!!



Ruth Welter said...

Jo, this was a very stunning show..I took so many photos that it was hard to narrow down which ones I wanted to post, that is why I thought I would do some overall shots first and then, close ups.

The show is held in the same conservatory each year so the background plants and hardscapes are the same for the most part, but they always make the display look so different. The '06 show had been my favorite and last years', though good, was not as good as '06. This year however, was fabulous and beat both previous years out, in my opinion. : ) I'm not sure how they will top it next year.

celestina marie said...

Hi Ruth, Your pictures are outstanding and I love the archways too. Thank you for your visit and I wish you a very Happy Easter as well.
La Rea Rose

NeereAnDear said...

Well they certainly out did themselves this year... I adore those archways... I think I could curl up and go to sleep under them ... this would be a prime example of what Heaven would be to me

Simply spectacular

I cant wait to see your close ups too



Suzanne said...

Wow!and Wow! What a beautiful display of gorgeousness! Glad you were able to pick up an orchid for yourself too!

Siobhan said...

Hi Ruth, I must say...those archways would have to be my favs as well. Thanks for sharing.
Siobhan xo

Inspired Tokens said...

Ruth...your photo's are stunning. I can only imagine how beautiful these orchids are in person. Stunning!

Gardengirl said...

Hi Ruth, Each photo took my breath away..... what a stunning display!!! We had an orchid show here this past week but it didn't look anywhere near as beautiful as the one you went to. Happy Easter to you and your family.

Greenie Gardens said...

Wow! I didn't know you could do all that with orchids. Those arches are amazing! Thanks for sharing!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Golly Ruth, That just takes your breath away. Martha Stewart showed some of the orchids on her show the other night from the show. Hippity Hoppy Easter to you too. ~ Lynn

Kari & Kijsa said...

Unbelievably amazing photos! Have a wonderful Good Friday!

kari & kijsa

Christine said...

Thanks for sharing your photos. The flowers (and arches!) were stunning. We just visited the show on Friday. I have a photo of a slipper orchid, my favorite, posted on my blog.

Christine said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog, Ruth! I will be posting additional orchid photos in days to come.

Rhondi said...

The beauty of those orchids takes my breath away!
Rhondi xo