Gardeners! Get out of the dirt, put on some shoes that are not garden clogs, and go out to these exhibits right now. Maybe even bring a date:
1. The Orchid Show, New York Botanical Garden in NYC through April 22, 2012
I walked through The Orchid Show with my mouth hanging open. This experience is a double whammy: First, it's the tenth year that the NYBG has exhibited a show of orchids from around the world, ranging from delicate pink loners in a single tiny pot to tangles of giant red flowers hanging together from the ceiling. But the second element to this year's show is the vertical gardens created by botanical artist Patrick Blanc. He built floor to ceiling structures of exotic orchids that literally climb the walls, using the colors, sizes and textures of the flowers to create really stunning pieces.
I attended one of the evening shows, which included cocktails and "orchid music" with my admission ticket. The Boyfriend noted that the DJ was perfect for the atmosphere, and wondered if he exclusively played flower shows. I believe that is very possible.
Watch this video of Patrick Blanc discussing something... What is he saying? Who knows! I'm one of those annoying Americans who has a really hard time understanding foreign accents!
Tix and more info: NYBG.org
2. The Glass Flowers, permanent exhibit at the Harvard Museum of Natural History in Boston
The Glass Flowers have been on exhibit at Harvard for years, and I just finally made it to the gallery to see them. This is a room full of 800 hand-made glass models of flower species used for botanical study, so every one is perfectly accurate and detailed. Many of the species include englarged areas and cross sections, also made out of glass. The flowers were created from 1886 through 1936 by glassmakers in Germany.
Yes, this flower is made out of glass:
See what I mean? Amazing!
More info at hmnh.harvard.edu