March 2-April 22, 2013

The 11th annual exhibition celebrates this storied flower in all its amazing forms with thousands of brilliantly colored orchids. The largest exhibition of its kind in the United States also offers insight into caring for orchids, music from around the world, and a gorgeous setting for evening cocktails.

If you're more of a night owl, check out our Orchid Evenings: food, drink, & flowers by moonlight. Learn More »

Adult All-Garden Pass tickets start at $20.

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Elaborate and kaleidoscopic displays throughout the galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explode with orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures. Tens of thousands of blooms--blue and purple vandas, green and yellow cymbidiums, delicate pink and white moth orchids, and more--stand out amid stately palms and exotic tropical leaves.

This year The Orchid Show is designed by Francisca P. Coelho, Vivian and Edward Merrin Vice President for Glasshouses and Exhibitions at the Garden. Coehlho is best known for her plantsmanship and key role in the design and development of high-profile shows in the Conservatory.


Orchid Care Demonstrations

Saturdays and Sundays (and Mondays, April 1, 22), 2 & 3 p.m.

This series of hands-on demonstrations shows you how to grow and care for orchids at home. Topics vary each weekend and cover the most frequently asked questions on subjects such as Potting and Dividing Orchids, Basic Orchid Care, and Fragrant Orchids.

Music from the World of Orchids

Saturdays and Sundays (and Mondays, April 1, 22), 1 & 3 p.m. See a list of the performers.

Orchids fascinate and touch the lives of people in every country and culture. Enjoy a wide variety of music from around the world--different artists play popular tunes from a featured country each weekend—to complement your visit. Cuba, India, Brazil, and Portugal are among the countries included.

The Orchid Show Q&A

Saturdays and Sundays (and Mondays, April 1 & 22), 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Throughout the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

Garden guides highlight parts of the permanent collection and special exhibition to add insight to your experience of The Orchid Show.

Q&A with Orchid Experts

Saturdays and Sundays (and Mondays, April 1 & 22), 2-5 p.m. In Shop in the Garden

Gardening and orchid experts share their best secrets and explain the simple steps to healthy plants as they help you choose the right plant for your home.


Guided Tours

Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 2:30 p.m. Meet in the Palms of the World Gallery in the Conservatory

Tour The Orchid Show with an expert guide who will provide an in-depth look at rare and extraordinary orchid specimens.

Special Lecture: Adders' Mouths and Ladies' Tresses: The Colorful World of Native Orchids

Saturday, March 2, 4 p.m. In the Ross Hall

The Torrey Botanical Society presents David Taft, Chair of Conservation Committee of the Greater New York Orchid Society, and Supervisor of National Park Service Gateway National Recreation Area as speaker at its first talk of the year. Find out what makes an orchid an orchid, what the "orchid mystique" is all about, and why we should care about the preservation of plants and wild spaces in and near our cities. Orchids are stand-outs even in the best habitats, and it still surprises some that they are neither exclusively tropical nor tender hothouse darlings. In fact, many can be found growing throughout our temperate, heavily developed northeast. It is easy to dismiss the increasingly fragmented, troubled, pockets of woodlands, wetlands, and other natural habitats which persist even in our most urbanized areas, but orchids and other botanical riches can still be found in many. Mr. Taft's interest in native orchids has lured him into beautiful, outlandish, terribly disturbed, and sometimes simply ridiculous "wild spaces" throughout the northeast--some of which actually do occasionally harbor orchids. Join him in this refreshing survey of our native orchid species.

Orchid Evenings

Fridays & Saturdays, March 23 SOLD OUT, March 30, April 5, April 6 SOLD OUT, April 12, April 13 SOLD OUT, April 19 SOLD OUT, 20 SOLD OUT, 6:30-9 p.m.

View the The Orchid Show with a cocktail in hand. Music and unforgettable beauty make for one of New York City's most romantic date destinations. Your ticket includes a complimentary cocktail and special dinner offers at our restaurant partners on Little Italy's Arthur Avenue and beyond.

Non-Member $30/Member $20 (Adults 21 and over)
Advance tickets recommended; includes one specialty cocktail

Start the night off with a champagne pre-party at Shop in the Garden on select evenings. Learn more at


Orchid Show Classes

Divide, Repot, Rejuvenate!
Saturday, March 16 and April 6, 10 a.m-1 p.m.
Nervous about repotting and transplanting your orchids? Sooner or later, you need to do it; learn how in this informative and hands-on session.
Non-Member $57/Member $51

Troubleshooting for Orchids
Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
This practical troubleshooting class demystifies orchid care and puts you on the road to success.
Non-Member $57/Member $51

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Orchids for Sale

Shop in the Garden has hard-to-find specimens as well as easy-to-grow varieties, orchid-care products, and hundreds of books about this esteemed flower. On weekends, experts will be available to advise you in selecting and caring for orchids.

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Principal Sponsor: Karen Katen Foundation

Major Sponsors: Mr. and Mrs. Marvin H. Davidson