1 Arriving at the New York Botanical Garden - It was a very dreary day.
2 The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory is a Victorian-style glasshouse, which opened in 1902. By the 1970's, the building was in serious disrepair and was saved from demolition with a generous contribution by Enid Annenberg Haupt.
3 This enormous glass structure is home to a tropical rain forest, a cactus-filled desert, and an ever-changing landscape of flowers and foliage, as well as this year's fabulous Orchid Show, Patrick Blanc's Vertical Gardens.
4 Upon entering the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, you are greeted by this towering wall of tropical splendor rising high above the Conservatory’s reflecting pool. - Not too dreary in here!
5 Dr. Patrick Blanc, known as The Green Man, has dedicated his life to the study of plants in their natural habitats and to growing plants on the vertical plane as an artistic calling.
6 Now in its tenth year, this is the United States' largest exhibition of orchids.
7 Phalaenopsis, or moth orchids, are one of the most popular orchids among home growers today.
8 Phalaenopsis has moth-like flowers in a wide array of colors.
9 Many wild moth orchid species have flowers that are spotted and striped in deep, rich colors.
10 The flowers of moth orchids grow on tall spikes and are very long-lived. One spike can flower for several months.
11 A pretty yellow Phalaenopsis
12 And a bright magenta one
13 And a lovely purple and white Phalaenopsis
14 A column of orchids embellished with Spanish moss
15 The column is made up of Doritaenopsis 'Beauty Sheena Rin Rin.'
16 The vertical walls on display were created specifically for the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.
17 And they were, indeed, quite stunning.
18 This wall features some incredible greenery.
19 Like this cascading plant called Juncus effusus Spiralis
20 This exhibit combines orchids with other tropical plants from all around the world, like this white moth orchid and Pink Lantern, Medinilla magnifica, a flowering shrub from the rain forests of the Philippines.
21 Growing along the walkway - Asian Corsage orchid, Cymbidium, 'Via Verde Dawn Citron Alba' - These orchids are known for their grass-like leaves and tall spikes of waxy flowers in shades of white, green, pink, and burgundy.
22 Asian corsage orchid - Cymbidium - 'Lupe's Coffee'
23 In their native habitats, many Cymbidium species are tree-dwelling epiphytes, but in tropical gardens, they can be grown in the ground like these.
24 Asian corsage orchid, Cymbidium, 'Lovely Moon Crescent'
25 The reed orchid 'Epidendrum radicans' is an excellent choice for the novice orchid grower, as they are tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions and bloom profusely.
26 On the next wall - Pansy Orchids - Miltonia and Miltoniopsis - Named for Lord Fitzwilliam Milton, a 19th-century British orchid expert - It's amazing just how much they resemble pansies!
27 Pansy Orchids - Miltonia and Miltoniopsis - A small genus of fragrant epiphytic orchids native to the cloud forests that extend from Costa Rica and Panama to the Andes in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.
28 On the same wall as the Pansy Orchids, Pink Quill tillandsia cyanea, an unusual bromeliad, is on display.
29 Stunning phalaenopsis
30 A poster of Patrick Blanc with Butterfly Dance, the vertical wall created for the National Theatre in Taipei, Taiwan, in December 2009.
31 This unusual cascading greenery is called Ceratostema rauhii Ericaceae.
32 Cane Orchid 'Dendrobium anosmum' - The Cane Orchid is one of the largest and most diverse genera of orchids. Their thickened stems, called canes, store water and nutrients.
33 This red orchid is called Oncostele 'Aloha Sparks Pele's Glow.'
34 Phaius - Nun's Cap Orchids - Plants in this genus are commonly called Nun's Cap because their delicate flowers resemble a nun's veil.
35 This fabulous orchid is a Phragmipedium - Eric Young.
36 A very large hanging staghorn fern 'platycerium alcicorne' polypodiceae
37 Many people came to enjoy the show.
38 Many of the plants in Blanc's designs are selected for their dramatic foliage, which may be unusual in shape or color or have an iridescent sheen, like these Elkhorn ferns, Microsorum punctatum 'Grandiceps.'
39 More dramatic foliage - Strobilanthes dyeriana 'Persian Shield' - Native to Burma, this evergreen shrub has become a popular companion of container gardens.
40 In addition to dramatic foliage, this wall featured whimsical dancing lady orchids.
41 When Oncidium orchids were introduced to Europe in the 1830s, the flowers were thought to resemble ladies in ruffled skirts, lending them their common name.
42 Their scientific name, Oncidium, derives from the Greek onkos, meaning mass, or body, referring to the wart-like growth on the lip of many species.
43 Oncidiums are usually found growing on the trunks or branches of rain forest trees throughout subtropical and tropical America, from sea level to high mountain areas.
44 These plants differ widely in habit, but are easily recognized by their slender branching sprays with many small flowers, generally in shades of yellow and brown.
45 Dancing Lady Orchid - Oncidium spp.
46 Another Dancing Lady Orchid - Oncidium spp.
47 And another Dancing Lady Orchid - Oncidium spp.
48 A section of the wall
49 Rainbow Orchid 'Vanda' - This orchid was discovered in Northern India in 1837. When it was brought to England, it caused a sensation because of its rare and desirable color.
50 This great orchid is 'Brassidium' Shooting Star Mustard.
51 This great orange orchid is Cattlianthe 'Trick or Treat.'
52 This beautiful nearly burgundy orchid is Colmanara 'Masai Red.'
53 A Beallara Patricia McCully orchid
54 This section of the conservatory, the tropical rainforest, features incredible climbing vines.
55 Passiflora 'Grace Ann' - A lovely passion flower
56 This is the bloom of Mysore clockvine 'Thunbergia mysorensis' from India.
57 Jade Vine 'Strongloden macrobotrys' - Native to the Philippines, this is considered one of the most beautiful flowering vines in the world. Very few plants exist with flowers of this unique shade of turquoise.