Mix­ing or­chids with cock­tails

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - TRAVEL -

Spring is here and so is the 16th an­nual Orchid Show at the New York Botan­i­cal Gar­den.

This year, Bel­gian flo­ral artist Daniel Ost is the cu­ra­tor of the ex­hibit. His work will be on dis­play un­til April 22, cul­mi­nat­ing in an Earth Day cel­e­bra­tion.

Thou­sands of or­chids shaped into in­stal­la­tions will be on dis­play in the Botan­i­cal Gar­den’s his­toric Enid A. Haupt Con­ser­va­tory.

Ost iden­ti­fies him­self a bloem­binder, the Dutch term for an artist who works with flow­ers. His works are large-scale and were de­signed to fit into the Vic­to­rian-style Haupt Con­ser­va­tory in terms of color, form and tex­ture.

On Orchid Evenings, there is a cash bar with cock­tails from Ed­i­ble Bronx’s head mixol­o­gist and a DJ. Orchid Evenings take place April 13, 14, 20, and 21. They are open to adults 21 and older.

— Nancy Tre­jos

NY BOTAN­I­CAL GAR­DEN

New York Botan­i­cal Gar­den thinks out­side the box.

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