1 One way the NYBG raises money is to have an amazing orchid sale prior to the dinner. The iconic New York City hotel, The Plaza, was the venue for the event. All the orchids for sale were displayed as you entered the ballroom. http://www.nybg.org http://www.theplazany.com
2 Marc Hachadourian, the orchid curator at the NYBG, hand picks the orchids for the sale that he knows will appeal to the collectors and aficionados who attend the dinner.
3 Many of the orchids were sold before I arrived.
4 This is a beautiful Cattleya orchid with big dark pink blooms.
5 Here is another pretty orchid specimen, in a much lighter shade of pink. Orchidaceae is a widespread family of flowering plants with blooms that come in so many colors.
6 Orchids also come in a clean, crisp white - this one with a hint of yellow.
7 This is Rhyncholaeiocattleya Memoria Grant Eichler 'Lenette' - I seem to like many of the ones that already have "sold" signs.
8 I bought a Pahiopedilum Super Suk x Raisin Pie. It is a wonderful orchid plant with lady slipper flowers.
9 Here I am with designer Katie Leede, one of the 25-experts who created the orchid centerpieces at each table. We are standing in front of her table scape. http://www.katieleede.com/desktop.html
10 Katie Leede & Company used totem figures for the base, surrounded by lots of votives to add light to the display.
11 The floral arrangement was a gorgeous combination of orange and green.
12 The table setting included fanciful monogrammed napkins, each adorned with ribbon, a tassle and an eloquent quote.
14 This table was presented by the design group Cullman & Kravis. Its display mimicked a safari adventure, and included lots of flowers as well as foliage. http://www.cullmankravis.com
15 The table also featured memorabilia honoring Queen Victoria's orchid obsession.
17 Called "The Progress of Love", Selina and Brett made this arrangement to look like a French garden statue.
19 Here I am with designers Brett Leemkuil and Hutton Wilkinson.
21 The design was simple, but exquisitely elegant with its warm and inviting bouquet up-lighted with votives.
22 This table was done by designer Mark D. Sikes, with his signature blue and white color palette. http://markdsikes.com
23 It features a blue and white striped tablecloth, napkins and seat cushions from his MDS Stripes fashion line. The dinnerware is from Bunny Williams' Campbell House Collection for Ballard. http://www.bunnywilliamshome.com
26 The Ralph Lauren table also featured its new tortoiseshell inspired Sienna dinnerware under vibrant pink napkins.
28 Hilary's dinnerware showed these fun embellished white napkins.
30 Ron Winterrowd's table #19 is where I sat. His arrangement was a gorgeous collection of spring colored blooms. http://www.rodwinterrowd.com
31 Rod Winterrowd also featured fun animal figurines at its base.
33 Danielle featured a tropical theme, using bamboo and lots of colorful potted orchids.
35 It included this fun flower tablecloth and light colored napkins.
39 FlowerSchool New York offered a little orchid tutorial at each setting.
41 David M. Handy Events, Inc. provided this lovely arrangement - full of texture, foliage and muted pink tones. http://davidmhandyevents.com
42 Byron C. James LLP, interiors + design uses beautiful blues, greens and yellows in what he calls "a walk through the Renaissance and Romance" table scape. http://byroncjames.blogspot.com
43 Byron James-Rodrigues and I posed in front of his table.
44 This tall centerpiece, using pink blooms in a white vessel atop a silver pedestal is by Brian Covington of Ferguson and Shamamian Architects. http://www.fergusonshamamian.com
46 And, here I am with Gregory Long, President and CEO of The New York Botanical Garden. It was a wonderful and successful evening. At least 300-guests attended, and more than 600-thousand dollars was raised for NYBG's orchid conservation efforts.