PlantTherapy: The Rock Center Orchid Show

PlantTherapy: The Rock Center Orchid Show

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Maxwell Ryan
May 4, 2006
(Note - Matt has been so prolific of late with all the blooming going on, that we have had a hard time keeping up. This was to be posted last week, and he has a new one for tomorrow. Thanks, Matt!) The weekend of rain a week ago kept me from doing my own gardening or participating in Earth Day activities in Central Park, so I did decide to go to the Rockefeller Center orchid show and see what the hype was about. After visiting the show at the NYBG last month, I was spoiled by the beautiful display in the conservatory, the workshops, and the orderly and polite manner of the spectators. The only drawback was the average to high price of the orchids – although they were very well cared for and most were in bloom. Rockefeller Center was packed to the gills and was contained within the skating rink area. Admission was five dollars. The displays were by orchid societies and an ikebana group, Sogetsu. The orchids were gorgeous and arranged in large landscaped groupings. The amount of people in this small space was overwhelming and everyone was elbowing their neighbor or sticking a camera in the way (including myself). The flow of the show made it so that people could not circulate well in some areas. If I had to choose, the NYBG experience would easily win out. HOWEVER, the vendors selling outside the show made the trip more than worthwhile. They had amazing prices on orchids and an encyclopedic variety available. For the novice, there were even $6 orchids. The vendors were all polite, helpful and very knowledgeable. If they did not have something, they would recommend which vendor to visit next. Next time I would skip the show and go straight for the vendors. After experiencing this mayhem and the rain, one would definitely appreciate the peace and comfort of going home to their small, cool apartment. - Matt N.
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