Tables set with Orchid centerpieces at the Orchid Dinner.

The Orchid Dinner 2018

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

7 p.m.

GALA CHAIRS Vera Aryeh and Bob Gossett Sharon and Bill Jacob Susan and George Matelich

CHAIR Clinton Smith Editor in Chief VERANDA

DECORATIONS CHAIR Carolyn Englefield Director of Decoration and Special Projects VERANDA

HONORARY CHAIRS Mary and Marvin Davidson Kamie and Richard Lightburn Tina and Steven R. Swartz


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

An Orchid Oasis in New York City

The New York Botanical Garden will host its annual Orchid Dinner on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. The historic landmark hotel, The Plaza, will be 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 partake 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 are unable to attend, but would like to make a contribution, please visit our donation page.

This Benefit has been made possible through the generous underwriting of

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