By Kat Harrold
Photo ~ Kat Harrold
For those of you looking to escape the cold snap and visit the warm weather again try the NYC Botanical Orchid Show. Not only will you get your warm weather fix but you will also be privy to an incredible display of living art featuring vertical gardens by french botanist Patrick Blanc.
The show runs till the end of the month and features orchids of every color, shape, and species imaginable. As an avid orchid fan I have spent countless hours admiring the orchid displays of Longwood Gardens and this might even trump their Orchid Extravaganza. What makes this particular orchid display so amazing is the integration of so many varieties into several Patric Blanc designed green walls.
Like an artist carefully apply strokes of paint to a canvas, Patrick Blanc give sweeps of color to these green walls with dedrobiums, cymbidiums, cattelyas, and many more. The use of ephiphytes, plants that absorb moisture and nutrients from the air or accumulating debris, are an excellent choice for maximizing water and nutrient resource conservation in green walls.