While we’re in the thick of winter, we yearn for the sunny days where we can be out and about from morning til night. While bathing suits and beach are ideal, we like to start with the simple things like light jackets and flowers in bloom.  Lucky for us New Yorkers, we’re about to get a head start. On the flowers, at least.  Where? The New York Botanical Garden, of course! The Bronx treasure is an iconic living museum, a major educational institution, and a renowned plant research and conservation organization. They are also the hosts and site of the Orchid Show.

The New York Botanical Garden maintains the highest horticultural standards of orchid conservation, working tirelessly to ensure the preservation of the Orchidaceae family—the most varied in the plant kingdom.  With that, they produce a series of beautiful events to get your Spring an early start.

The dazzling floral creations of Jeff Leatham, famed artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris and floral designer to the stars, energize the 18th annual Orchid Show. Leatham’s bold and colorful vision unfolds through captivating installations and designs, transforming each gallery of the exhibition in the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory into a different color experience and visual effect, like the turn of a kaleidoscope.

Thousands of orchids provide bursts of forms and colors—in purples, reds, oranges, and hot pink—revealed through overhead arches, vine-inspired ribbons, mirrored sculpture, dramatic lighting, and other artistic embellishments.

In addition to aforementioned, there will be special Orchid Evenings during which visitors can enjoy the attraction after dark, including a gorgeous display of lights, among the orchids. There will be alcoholic beverages and snacks for purchase, as well as live entertainment.  Bring a date. It’s romantic.

NYBG’s Orchid show runs starting February 15 through April 19, 2020 and takes place at the New York Botanical Garden (2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx) inside the Enid A. Haupt Observatory. For more information and tickets, visit nybg.org.