The New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show (1) (2) (34) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (19) (25) Happy first day of Spring! It’s still way too chilly for my taste in NYC, but I thought I’d share some photos from the New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show for some spring time vibes.

The New York Botanical Garden is in the Bronx and felt like a long trek coming from lower Manhattan (hey, anything that involves the train and bus is an effort). It actually took longer than expected and we arrived only about 45 minutes before closing time, so I snapped as many pictures as I could with my 50mm. I know everyone loves the nifty fifty… but I always feel like it’s either too close up or too far away and thus a difficult lens to use. Luckily, I brought along my kenko extension tubes! It took a while to get the hang of using them (this was probably the first time I really used them since buying them last year) but they do a great job of magnifying the lens and letting you get extremely close up.

Enjoy the flower shots! There were so many different colored orchids that I had a hard time limiting which images to share. I also included some from the connecting succulent exhibit. In any case, I will be going back to the New York Botanical Garden in late April for Orchid Evenings and maybe update this with some nighttime shots. Has anyone been? Maybe I’ll take a cab next time…

All photos above shot with my DSLR. For more info on Orchid Evenings, check out my later post of the night with Creme Yvette’s minty julep cocktails!





  1. March 21, 2014 / 3:47 pm

    We recently went to an orchid exhibit, too! My fiance loves orchids, and I like all the shapes and colours they come in and the fact that the building they’re housed in feels like summertime. I would love to see that succulent exhibit!

    • Sher
      March 21, 2014 / 7:46 pm

      if you’re even in NYC in the spring, i highly recommend the orchid show. i’m sure your fiance will love it – they do a great job showcasing a variety of colors :)

    • Sher
      March 25, 2014 / 11:50 am

      Thanks Cissy!

  2. Gordon Betsill
    May 15, 2014 / 2:46 pm

    Unless you did some post processing, the top photo couldn’t have been taken during the blue hour following sunset or the sky would have been a dark blue which this isn’t.

    Your photos of the flowers are quite beautiful.


    • Sher
      May 15, 2014 / 7:32 pm

      None of these were taken during blue hour – they are all indoor shots inside the conservatory.

      If you’re referring to my other post on Orchid Evenings, you can tell by the pool reflection that the sky is indeed dark blue and that it was shot during blue hour. thanks for stopping by Gordon!

  3. Hanh
    April 11, 2016 / 7:56 am

    The gardens look so beautiful Sher, love orchids. I was just looking up the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens as a possible place to visit in Brooklyn, what other hotspots would you recommend? :)

    • Sher
      April 11, 2016 / 11:21 am

      Hey Hanh! These were taken at the Bronx botanical, which is pretty far from Manhattan but worth the trek. I actually haven’t been to the Brooklyn botanical recently because they tend to close pretty early. Hm for brooklyn – i recommend brunch and coffee in williamsburg, checking out the quaint streets of greenpoint and picking up pizza at roberta’s and warehouse clubbing in bushwick!

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