Orchids represents one of the largest families in nature, inspiring humans by gathering together beneath one roof and not dissolving into argument over who's going to inherit grandma's fleet of Harleys. Admire these friendly flowers with today's Groupon for admission to The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Choose from the following options:
- $20 for admission to Orchid Evenings on Saturday, April 9, 2011 (a $30 value)
- $20 for admission to Orchid Evenings on Saturday, April 16, 2011 (a $30 value)
- $10 for general admission to The Orchid Show: On Broadway through April 25, 2011 (a $20 value)
The New York Botanical Garden's The Orchid Show: On Broadway coddles the corneas of orchid enthusiasts and Broadway aficionados alike. The Orchid Show runs through April 25, with special Orchid Evenings held on April 9 and April 16 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Orchid Evenings let blossom gawkers 21 and older stroll past the thousands of flowers on display as part of the The Orchid Show while pleasing stomachs with a complimentary cocktail and cash bar open for the evening. Tickets to the Orchid Evenings also grant guests special offers from the garden's partner restaurants.
The Orchid Show: On Broadway stuffs 5,000 orchids of more than 300 types under the domes of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. The ninth annual presentation represents a collaboration of botanical garden curators and Broadway talent who form orchids into interpretations of iconic arcades, curtains, chandeliers, and other architectural elements from legendary theaters. The imitating orchids have been crafted to resemble the proscenium arch and curtain of the Walter Kerr Theatre and lighting fixtures that decorated Broadway haunts such as the 42nd Street Theatre. The Orchid Show: On Broadway is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day of the week but Monday, with the exception of Monday, April 25.
General admission to The Orchid Show also includes an all-garden pass, allowing visitors to admire the rock garden, sniff early spring blossoms, and evade capture by man-eating crocuses.
Children's general admission tickets are regularly priced at $8.
The New York Botanical Garden
As husband-and-wife botanists Nathaniel Lord Britton and Elizabeth Gertrude Knight Britton explored the majestic Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Elizabeth asked a question that would bloom into something huge.
"Why couldn't we have something like this in New York?"
When the couple returned, they threw themselves into exploring that idea. In 1891, the state set aside land for the project, and private financiers including Andrew Carnegie, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and J. Pierpont Morgan matched the city's financial commitments. In 1896, Nathaniel Lord Britton became The New York Botanical Garden's first director.
Today, the garden's mission is to be "an advocate for the plant kingdom," aiming to lead the charge to document every species of plant and fungus on the planet. Varied terrains unfurl across its 250 acres, including rolling hills, waterfalls, and 50 acres of the forest that once blanketed New York City. All told, there are more than a million plants within 50 gardens and plant collections.
Visitors can learn how to manage their own plants at the Home Gardening Center, which opened in 2005, then enter the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory—a New York City landmark that was unveiled in 1902 as the country's largest Victorian-style glass house. Rotating exhibitions and family events give visitors a reason to come back every season, and there are plenty of hands-on activities for kids, such as digging in the dirt until they reach hot magma in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden.