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    The Orchid Show

    A spectacular seasonal offering, The Orchid Show draws nearly 70,000 people to The New York Botanical Garden to enjoy the breathtaking and exotic beauty of orchids. Thousands of orchids arranged in lush, elaborate displays throughout the glorious Enid A. Haupt Conservatory transport visitors to faraway tropical lands, offering a welcome respite from winter. Visitors wind their way through the Conservatory on an adventure to experience this flower's amazing color, fragrance, and form. .

    The Orchid Show is the only curated and designed museum-quality orchid exhibition in the northeastern United States. In 2009, The Orchid Show will highlight the orchids of Brazil, which has the perfect climate for orchids and is home to a spectacular variety of species. The exhibition will include more than 5,000 plants and will allow visitors to enjoy an abundance of their favorite orchids, discover rarely seen orchid varieties, and learn about critical orchid conservation issues. Displays throughout the exhibition will convey the natural history and conservation stories of endangered orchids in the rain forests of the world. The 2009 theme complements the Garden’s scientific interest Brazil, as teams are currently studying the biodiversity of the Atlantic Coastal Forest of Northeastern Brazil, adding a new dimension to next year’s Orchid Show that is firmly rooted in conservation and the environment.

    The Orchid Dinner

    One of New York City’s premier social events, The Orchid Dinner transforms The Rainbow Room into a wonderland of orchids. The event opens with cocktails and an orchid plant sale, with some of the world’s leading orchid specialists on hand to assist with purchases. Guests then move on to dinner, where every table is adorned with a stunning orchid centerpiece created by more than 30 different designers from the worlds of fashion, architecture, horticulture, and literature.

    The Dinner, one of the most popular social events in New York City, is attended by more then 300 guests. Past Chairs include Mr. & Mrs. Eric Fast; Mr. & Mrs. Robert Graham; Mr. & Mrs. Charles Royce; Mr. & Mrs. Philip Miller; Dominique Browning, former Editor in Chief of House & Garden; Lisa Newsom, Editor in Chief of Veranda; and Fernanda Kellogg, President, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation.