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Best Photos of Botanical Garden’s Spotlight on Orchids 2021

Best Photos of Botanical Garden's Spotlight on Orchids 2021

Our best photos of the late winter New York Botanical Garden’s Spotlight on Orchids 2021, this year’s take on the NYBG annual Orchid Show.

late winter at the new york botanical garden

What is there to do in the late winter at a botanical garden? Dear reader, so many things. You can revel in the quiet splendor of old-growth trees silhouetted against the sky.

Best Photos of Botanical Garden’s Spotlight on Orchids 2021. Photo Credit: Dandelion Chandelier.

You can train your eyes on the very first blooms of wisteria – which look quite a bit like forsythia with their brilliant yellow hue.

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As with any venue in New York City, you can while away some time just people-watching.

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But in case you need something a bit more visually stimulating, there’s the annual display of orchids, a treasured rite of late winter. And a harbinger of spring.

Longtime visitors might have initially felt disheartened when the NYBG announced that due to continued coronavirus protocols about reduced capacity, the Garden was “forgoing our traditional orchid exhibition this year in favor of a limited Spotlight on Orchids.”

Happily, when you’re in New York, even “limited” can still mean dazzling, inspiring and restorative. It’s not a full-on show – but this spotlight on orchids will still serve as the perfect prelude to spring.

photos of spotlight on orchids 2021 at the new york botanical garden

Unlike prior years, this year the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory is filled with far more intimate displays of orchids, in brilliant white and striking colors, set against the foliage of the Victorian glass house.

1. gorgeous classics

As with any orchid display, the NYBG’s Spotlight on Orchids 2021 still features show-stopping vignettes of spectacular blooms in vibrant colors.

Best Photos of Botanical Garden’s Spotlight on Orchids 2021. Photo Credit: Dandelion Chandelier.

If you’re looking for Instagram moments, you’ll find plenty of them here.

Best Photos of Botanical Garden’s Spotlight on Orchids 2021. Photo Credit: Dandelion Chandelier.

The NYBG horticulturists have combined orchids in inventive and eye-catching ways with rocks, tree trunks, vines, and other found materials.

Best Photos of Botanical Garden’s Spotlight on Orchids 2021. Photo Credit: Dandelion Chandelier.

Best Photos of Botanical Garden’s Spotlight on Orchids 2021. Photo Credit: Dandelion Chandelier.

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2. rare and delicate

Because this is not a “show,” per se, there’s no overwhelming theme. Which is actually a great palate cleanser, and an opportunity to search out the less showy, more delicate and often more rare specimens that can be overpowered when there’s a predominate theme.

Photo Credit: Dandelion Chandelier.

Best Photos of Botanical Garden’s Spotlight on Orchids 2021. Photo Credit: Dandelion Chandelier.

photos Spotlight on Orchids 2021

Photo Credit: Dandelion Chandelier.

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3. aerial views

For the first time, at least in our memories, there were orchids on display hanging over our heads. Like in a hydroponic greenhouse.

Best Photos of Botanical Garden’s Spotlight on Orchids 2021. Photo Credit: Dandelion Chandelier.

It’s a dreamy new element that we hope becomes part of the permanent lineup. There’s something pure and lovely about the way these vignettes were arranged.

photos Spotlight on Orchids 2021

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photos of the best of the NYBG Spotlight on Orchids 2021

We’ve lost many things to the coronavirus pandemic. How wonderful that we haven’t lost this annual Rite of Spring. It may not be the big show that we’re used to. But like so many things we used to take for granted, it was rejuvenating to slow down, explore, and spy something precious and beautiful.

The Orchid Show will return in its full glory in 2022. In the meantime, Spotlight on Orchids continues at the New York Botanical Garden through Sunday, April 4, 2021 from 10:00A to 6:00P. Don’t miss it, dear reader.

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