The Orchid Dinner

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
The Grand Ballroom at The Plaza
Fifth Avenue at Central Park South

7 p.m. – Cocktails and Sale of Exceptional and Rare Orchids
8 p.m. – Dinner and Dancing
Cocktail Attire

This benefit has been made possible through the generous underwriting of

An Orchid Oasis in New York City

The New York Botanical Garden hosted its annual Orchid Dinner on Wednesday, February 8. The historic landmark hotel, The Plaza, was the stage for a magnificent showcase of orchid centerpieces created by the world’s leading designers from the worlds of fashion, interior design, landscape design, floral design, and architecture. During the cocktail hour, guests partook in a sale of exceptional and rare orchids carefully selected by NYBG’s curators and bid on exclusive Silent Auction items. All proceeds from the Dinner underwrite the development of the Garden’s orchid research collection, which helps maintain the highest horticultural standards of orchid conservation. For additional information, please contact Anita Hall at 914.579.1000 or e-mail If you were unable to attend, but would like to make a contribution, please visit our donation page.


Vice Chairs

Michael Bakwin and Barbara Rosenthal
Marta and David Black
Maureen and Richard Chilton
Amy Goldman Fowler and Cary Fowler
Anne and Peter Getz
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Hubbard
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Mitchell Jennings Jr.
Jill Joyce
Karen Katen Foundation
Diane Katzin and Rick Kurnit
Elysabeth Kleinhans
Susan E. Lynch
Hidemoto Mizuhara, President & CEO, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)
Malcolm Nolen and Jennifer Napier Nolen
Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Nolen
Marjorie and Jeffrey A. Rosen
Donna and Marvin Schwartz
Mr. and Mrs. A.J.C. Smith
Judy and Michael Steinhardt
Carmen and John Thain
Douglas Dockery Thomas
Caroline A. Wamsler, Ph.D. and DeWayne N. Phillips
Mr. and Mrs. Edward K. Weld
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 would like to thank the following designers and companies for generously donating their time and resources for this evening’s table decorations.

Rajni Alex Design
Bowman Dahl Floral & Event Design
Brockschmidt & Coleman
Cullman & Kravis
Drake / Anderson
FlowerSchool New York
Paris Forino Interior Design
Randall Gibeau Design LLC
Ellen Hanson Designs
Lindsey Coral Harper
Robin Henry Studio
Kathryn Ivey Interiors
Byron C. James
Shelley Johnstone Design
Lindsey Lane Design
Katie Leede
Lewis Miller Design
The Mini Rose Co.
Richard Mishaan Design
Kapito Muller Interiors
John Oetgen, Oetgen Design Inc.
Hilary Pereira
Polux Fleuriste
Eddie Ross for
Shaun Smith
Villanueva Designs for LOUIS XIII
Kathleen Walsh Interiors
Jaime Walters
William Yeoward Crystal
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Fabricut Frontgate Samuel and Sons Stark
Style Library Thibaut Zimmer + Rhode

Carolyn Englefield – Decorations Chair
Dan Dahl – Design Coordinator