Sometime around now, I begin daydreaming of plants. Yes, plants, and flowers and lush green leaves. I yearn for the daffodils to push their faces to the sun, tulips to open their blooms, forsythia to paint the yard yellow. And while spring seems to be coming early this year (fingers crossed), there’s nothing more rejuvenating than the water garden at the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden.
We took the kids there on a gloomy Saturday recently, and just stepping into the warm and humid greenhouse felt like a vacation. This year, the show is featuring orchids from Thailand, and there are so many fun blooms to explore. My kids, my husband and I saw all sorts of things in the odd shapes and silhouettes of these delicate and quirky flowers. Ladies dancing. A dinosaur head. Jellyfish.
Everywhere you look there are flowers in a range of vibrant colors.
But the water garden is always a highlight. Surrounded by benches and basking in direct sunlight, you get a Vitamin D boost just sitting a spell. The floating orchids, as well as the cascades of colorful tropical orchids hanging from the ceiling here, surround you with nothing but pure beauty. (I’ve considered coming back just to write in the space.)
Running through April 9th, you’ll glimpse plenty of other blooms outside. Don’t miss the sweet scent and pretty pink petals of the magnolia trees on the path to the conservatory; they’re in full bloom, and they are breathtaking.
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx