Spring in the Bronx: The New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show

In what has become an annual ritual to mark the start of the spring season in the Bronx, the New York Botanical Garden has opened its 11th annual orchid show. This year, the orchid show runs from March 2 through April 22.

Typically, the Orchid Show features thousands of orchids. The orchids vary in sizes, shapes, and colors. Among the orchids in the show are small reed orchids, giant pansy orchids, and exotic slipper orchids.

The 2013 show was designed by Francisca Coelho. Ms. Coelho graduated from the New York Botanical Garden’s School of Professional Horticulture and began her career at the Garden 30 years ago. She is an expert in tropical and aquatic plants. She is currently Vice President for Glasshouses and Exhibitions.

The New York Botanical Garden is an educational partner with Lehman College. New York Botanical Garden staff members offer courses in Lehman College’s Department of Biological Sciences. The collaboration makes specialized materials available to Lehman College’s students. It also provides access to a library containing 65,000 volumes, a herbarium with approximately 3 million specimens, and a collection of some 12,000 living plants. In addition, Lehman College students can enroll in the Garden’s Continuing Education Program to obtain elective credits.

Although the orchid show closes on April 22, the Garden remains open all year round. One can obtain a free grounds pass to walk its grounds, savor its continually changing landscape spread across 250 acres, and enjoy the benefits of recreational cardiovascular exercise all day on Wednesday and between 10 A.M. and 11 A.M. on Saturday.


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