The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) announces that the 2018 edition of The Orchid Show will be designed by acclaimed Belgian floral artist Daniel Ost. Entering its 16th year, the popular exhibition, showcasing thousands of dramatically displayed orchids in the Botanical Garden’s historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, will feature a series of installations crafted by Ost, each a living sculpture that celebrates the complex beauty of these stunning flowers.
The Orchid Show is always a welcome break from a New York winter, a chance for residents and visitors alike to immerse themselves in a dramatic floral display at one of the world’s greatest museum of plants, a mere 20 minutes from Midtown Manhattan. The Orchid Show will open on March 3 and run through April 22, 2018.
One of the world’s leading floral designers, Ost uses flowers as a means of expression. His artistic creations will be tailored to the unique environment of the landmark Victorian-style Conservatory, complementing the architecture of the building while creating a transformative, dazzling spectacle of color, form, and texture.
Ost is celebrated worldwide for his eye-catching installations in private and public spaces, working with both living and cut flowers. His large-scale artwork has drawn comparison to that of renowned sculptors Anish Kapoor, Claes Oldenburg, and Andy Goldsworthy. In Belgium he has been called “the Picasso of flower arranging,” and in France he was touted as “the international star of floral decoration.”
Visitors will have a chance to see Ost’s art firsthand at The Orchid Show, where the floral artist will work with NYBG horticulturists to create a utopia of fragrance and color, assembling orchids from the Garden’s collections as well as from some of the finest growers in the world. During Orchid Evenings throughout the run of the exhibition, visitors will experience music, tours, and special performances, while cash bars will offer beer, wine, and cocktails for purchase. Orchid Show visitors may select from thousands of top-quality orchids, from exotic, hard-to-find specimens for connoisseurs to elegant yet easy-to-grow varieties for beginners, available for purchase at the NYBG Shop, along with orchid products and books.
For more information about The Orchid Show and how to purchase tickets, please visit NYBG’s web site, nybg.org.