1 One way the NYBG raises money is to have an amazing orchid sale prior to the dinner.
2 I loved these orange hued orchids and bought two for my collection - its name is "Fuchs Orange Nugget."
3 This plant had many blooms - I bought it!
4 This picotee orange orchid did not appeal to me as much.
5 Most of the orchids were sold before I arrived at the dinner, held in the ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental New York Hotel at Columbus Circle.
6 Marc Hachadourian, the orchid curator at the NYBG, chooses orchids for the sale that he knows will appeal to the collectors and aficionados who attend the dinner.
7 I always want the orchids that have "sold" signs on them.
8 This table was designed by David Salvitore of Edge Mid-Century Designs. He used china from Haviland & Co., a famous French porcelain tableware company.
9 This table centerpiece was created by Roric Tobin for Geoffrey Bradfield, Inc.
10 This stunning collection of orchids, bromeliads, ferns, and fresh cut flowers was done by Villanueva Designs.
11 Brian Covington of Ferguson & Shamamian Architects designed this tablescape called "Natural Elements".
12 A simple yet elegant white arrangement in a "Grand Urn" was created and donated by Lewis Miller Design.
13 A lovely color palette of lavenders and purples created by Byron C. James-Rodrigues for House of Oasis.
14 This whimsical centerpiece was donated by Danielle Rollins Gracious Living & Stylish Entertaining, and Rollins Ingram Architecture Interiors Gardens Lifestyle. If you look closely, you can see monkey figurines on the table.
15 This tablescape was provided by designers Carolyn Gregg and Steven de la Torre.
16 Anthony Brownie Flowers & Events made this gorgeous "Orchid Shower" centerpiece.
17 This was created by Frank de Biasi. The hanging clear ornament votives were a nice touch.
18 This is table 20, where I sat. The centerpiece is by James Rixner Inc. A mix of geometry, metallics and cheetah velvet prints bring it all together.
19 A table setting with just the right amount of metallics.
20 This table design was a collaboration between Selina van der Geest, NL-GB and Brett McCormack.
21 The winter themed table was a very creative use of color and texture.
22 David M. Handy designed this tablescape using an orchid-filled birdcage and other vintage items.
23 A "Fall Infusion" of color created by Carlos Aparicio, Aparicio + Associates/Gallery BAC.
24 This was a donation from the FlowerSchool New York, the premier institution for floral education and arranging.
25 A pretty arrangement of gold and pink from Bowman Dahl Floral & Event Design.
26 This creative tablescape is by Hutton Wilkinson and Brett Leemkuil for Tony Duquette Inc. with Jim Thompson and Mottahedeh.
27 Here I am with designers Hutton Wilkinson and Brett Leemkuil.
28 An "Orchid Alchemy" presented by Ray Booth of McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors.
29 This glitzy chandelier adorned with a shower of white orchid flowers was created by Ally Coulter for Baccarat, D&D Building.
30 Here is a closer look at the clear crystal and white Marie Coquine Chandelier by Philippe Starck for Baccarat.
31 And below the iconic chandelier, a table set with beautiful Baccarat crystal goblets and glasses, fine silver and crisp, white linens.
32 Here I am with interior designer Ally Coulter.
33 Designer Daniel Lombardi, interior designer and philanthropist Iris Dankner, and designer Angel Rios.
34 Here I am standing with them - we all had such a wonderful time.
35 Gregory Long, President and CEO of The New York Botanical Garden.