The popular orchid exhibition at The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) returns for its 20th year. From February 18 through April 23, 2023, renowned landscape artist Lily Kwong’s immersive installations of thousands of orchids will transport guests to ethereal, reverent landscapes informed by ancient Chinese garden design and artistic principles.


Lily Kwon. Photo NYBG.

The Orchid Show: Natural Heritage will explore the diversity, adaptability, and worldwide cultural significance of these formidable flowers. Inspired by classic paintings of Chinese mountainscapes passed down through her family from Shanghai, Lily Kwong utilizes an extraordinary array of orchids—including iconic and rare specimens—enveloping visitors in towering mountainous forms that blend ecology, culture, and fantasy.

Influenced by Kwong’s own heritage, medicinal traditions, and her artistic interpretation of nature as a healing force, the resulting experience will beckon visitors into an immersive world in which humanity and nature coexist peacefully.