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This Weekend: The All-New YGC Lounge & A Special Lecture

Posted in The Orchid Show on March 11 2016, by Lansing Moore

The Orchid Show Orchidelirium at NYBG eveningsTickets are still available for this Saturday’s Orchid Evening! It will also be the first evening to feature the Young Garden Circle Lounge, an all-new way to experience evenings at the Garden. With a YGC Lounge ticket, you can view the Orchid Show like a VIP with skip-the-line access to a private lounge featuring an open bar, complimentary bites, and a live DJ. These special tickets are $100 each, and after enjoying your night out you have the option of trading in the cost of this ticket toward full membership in the Young Garden Circle, a community of art and garden enthusiasts ages 21–40. YGC Members enjoy complimentary access to the YGC Lounge on all four evenings, along with a number of year-round benefits and access to special events, all while supporting NYBG!

While The Orchid Show focuses on those species collected from far-flung and remote environments, there are beautiful orchid species native to our own region in the Northeast. This Sunday also features a special lecture presented by the Torrey Botanical Society on Orchids of New England & New York. Come familiarize yourself with these home-grown and increasingly rare flowers.


Saturday, March 12

The Orchid Show Orchidelirium at NYBG evenings

Roaming Guides – 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
In 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. They will provide an in-depth look at rare and extraordinary orchid specimens on display.

Bird Walk – 11 a.m.
Meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitor Center.
Bring your binoculars and walk the Garden grounds with a bird expert. You’ll search for our feathered friends and learn more about bird-friendly habitats, passage birds, and those that make a permanent home at the Garden.

Ross Conifer Arboretum Tour –12:30 & 2:30 p.m.
Meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitor Center
The Arthur and Janet Ross Conifer Arboretum is a historic, 15-acre collection of towering pines, elegant spruces, and mountain firs from around the world. These irreplaceable trees were among the first planted at the Garden, some as far back as the early 1900s. Join an expertly trained Guide for a tour of these exquisite specimens.

World Beat: Music & Dance Around the World of Orchids – 1 & 3 p.m.
Part of The Orchid Show
In Ross Hall, or seasonally, in Conservatory Plaza
Orchids fascinate and touch the lives of people in every country and culture. Hear stories about the travel and discoveries of early orchid collectors and delight in the music and dance of the countries they explored. Different artists perform throughout the season, highlighting many cultures.

Orchid Expert Q&A – 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
In NYBG Shop
Drop in and ask about orchid care tips. Get help selecting the proper orchid for your home.

Orchid Care Demonstrations – 2:30 & 3:30 p.m.
In the Conservatory GreenSchool
Join NYBG experts as they discuss the basics of orchid care and how to choose and successfully grow these exotic plants.

Orchid Evenings – 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. (entry times at 6:30, 7, & 7:30 p.m.)
Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Stroll through The Orchid Show: Orchidelrium with a cocktail in hand while music and unmatched beauty create one of New York City’s most romantic date destinations. On select evenings, upgrade your experience with the Young Garden Circle Orchid Lounge for skip-the-line access; an open bar featuring beer, wine, and specialty cocktails; and light bites for an unforgettable night. NYBG Shop will be open through 9:30 p.m.
Non-Member $35/Member $25 (Adults 21 and over)
Advance tickets recommended; includes one complimentary featured cocktail.


Sunday, March 13

The Orchid Show Orchidelirium at NYBG

Roaming Guides – 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
In 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. They will provide an in-depth look at rare and extraordinary orchid specimens on display.

Garden Highlights Tour – 12:30 p.m.
Meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitor Center
Sights and scents flourish across the 250 acres of the Botanical Garden. Join a Garden Guide for a walking tour featuring highlights of the gardens and plant collections.

World Beat: Music & Dance Around the World of Orchids – 1 & 3 p.m.
Part of The Orchid Show
In Ross Hall, or seasonally, in Conservatory Plaza
Orchids fascinate and touch the lives of people in every country and culture. Hear stories about the travel and discoveries of early orchid collectors and delight in the music and dance of the countries they explored. Different artists perform throughout the season, highlighting many cultures.

Orchid Expert Q&A – 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
In NYBG Shop
Drop in and ask about orchid care tips. Get help selecting the proper orchid for your home.

Orchid Care Demonstrations – 2:30 & 3:30 p.m.
In the Conservatory GreenSchool
Join NYBG experts as they discuss the basics of orchid care and how to choose and successfully grow these exotic plants.

Forest Tour – 2:30 p.m.
Meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitor Center
Experience the beauty of the Garden’s 50-acre Thain Family Forest on this one-hour walking tour with an expertly trained Guide. You’ll learn facts about the trees, history, geology, and ecology of this original, uncut woodland.

Special Lecture: Orchids of New England & New York – 4 p.m.
Presented by the Torrey Botanical Society

In Ross Hall
Wild orchids are an important—and increasingly threatened—component of the flora of New England and New York, with 65 species and varieties occurring in the region. Eric Lamont, botanist; and Tom Nelson, photographer and writer; have been searching out the often elusive remnant populations of wild orchids in the region in recent years and their research has resulted in the publication of a field guide, Orchids of New England and New York (Kollath & Stensaas, 2012). In this talk they will discuss the identifying characteristics, unique growth requirements, and oftentimes unusual growth cycles of the incredibly varied taxon present in the region. This talk will also discuss some of the threats that wild orchids face as well as some conservation strategies. A slide show of Tom Nelson’s images will accompany the talk.


Ongoing Children’s Programs

crocus snowdrop early spring at NYBG

Wintertime Wonders – 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Everett Children’s Adventure Garden
Inside the cozy Discovery Center kids of all ages can take a closer look at the wonders of plants and animals in winter. Make bark rubbings, count tree rings, craft a bud necklace and head back into the winter garden with a field notebook to discover the vital sparks of life that lie just below the surface of this quiet season in the Northeast.

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