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See Thousands of Orchids at the New York Botancial Garden in February

By Eddie Small | December 21, 2016 4:31pm
 The New York Botanical Garden's 15th annual orchid show will run from Feb. 18 through April 9 next year.
The New York Botanical Garden's 15th annual orchid show will run from Feb. 18 through April 9 next year.
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Thousands of orchids will be on display at the New York Botanical Garden in February for its 15th annual orchid show.

The 2017 show will run from Feb. 18 through April 9 and pay tribute to Thailand, which is home to more than 1,200 species of native orchids, according to the NYBG.

The flowers will be arranged in a Thai garden setting, and the exhibit's centerpiece will be the façade of a sala, a pavilion used for relaxation and shade that will have a roofline decorated with orchids.

Thailand is currently the world's biggest exporter of tropical orchids and is known for several different varieties of the flowers, according to the NYBG. These include Vanda orchids with large patterned blooms, Dendrobium orchids with stems that look like bamboo, and Paphiopedilum orchids that grow in the country's mountain forests.

The show will be in the garden's Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and feature small pools and ponds, along with colorful flowers floating in water jars. The design aims to evoke a Thai tradition called "mai dat," wherein plants are pruned into decorative shapes over time, according to the NYBG.

The show will also feature Orchid Evenings, which the garden describes as "one of New York City's most romantic date destinations," where guests can walk through the exhibition while drinking cocktails and enjoying music.

The NYBG has been a designated Plant Rescue Center since 1990, meaning it is responsible for taking care of orchids that were illegally collected in the wild and seized at international borders.

People can purchase tickets for the garden online at www.nybg.org.