Experience The Beauty of Thailand in the Bronx at NYBG’s Orchid Show

This week I got the opportunity to check out the New York Botanical Garden‘s latest exhibit, The Orchid Show:Thailand. It’s amazing how the Conservatory can be totally  transformed – from the Frida exhibit to the Holiday Train Show, and now to a beautifully tranquil imagining of Thailand. I’ve not yet been to Thailand (a future travel post!) but it was exactly what I imagine it’d be like to have teleported to a beautiful temple garden across the world.

The event, hosted in collaboration with Edible Bronx, was an Instameet Afterhours, giving us a chance to roam through the exhibit and post photos to our hearts’ content. Though the show is in its fifteenth year, this was my first time at the orchid show and I never thought I’d get so excited to see flowers. Really! As a person who has always suffered from allergies, I’ve always been one to admire from afar. Maybe it’s been the allergy shots I’ve been taking for the past year, but I was like a kid “Ooh, what’s this? Hey, look at this flower over here!” bouncing around from one section to another.  It was also really cool to see the array of different colors the orchids came in  – from white, to bright purple, to deep red.

I was most excited to see pineapples growing from the ground. Like, I was really excited (maybe it was the wine…?)

Unfortunately, many wild orchids are at risk for extinction because of over collection and the destruction of their habitats. In fact, many orchids are imported illegally! The NYBG is a designated rescue center via the Convention on International Trade in Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.  They have worked to rejuvenate many of these species.

So, if you want to support the NYBG in this mission or just spend an evening with beautiful flowers (and pineapples!) stop by soon. The Orchid Show: Thailand runs until April 9.

5 Borough Instagram Meet This Saturday, Sept. 19

Join me and other Bronx influencers this Saturday, September 19th for one of New York City’s largest Instameets!

Read below for more information:

InstaMeet events happen globally where Instagrammers meet each other, share photography advice and create content together to post on their personal feeds. The goal is to gather excited Instagrammers to meet one another and of course find an excuse to get out and explore someplace new!

 The 5 Borough InstaMeet is divided into a total of eight teams — two in Manhattan, two in Queens, two in Brooklyn, one in the Bronx and one in Staten Island. Each team is captained by some of New York’s top Instagram influencers, including: @denn_ice- (67.2K), @skinnywashere (62K), @Xtramoney (38.2K), @erickhercules (37.3K), and more.

 The event is open to the public and anyone can sign up via Eventbrite. They’ll be prompted to choose a team that either represents the borough they live in, or they can choose an area they don’t know very well using this as an opportunity to explore a new side of NYC.

 

5 Borough Instagram Meet Teams

Manhattan:

  • Manhattan Views Meeting Location:Winter Gardens Battery Park City at 10am
  • Skyline Slayers Meeting Location: Columbus Circle at 10:30am

Queens:

  • Royalty Meeting Location: Presso Cafe 133-42 39th Ave Flushing, NY at 9am
  • Queens Reigns Supreme Meeting Location: Court Square Diner at 9:15am

Brooklyn:

  • BK Bangers Meeting Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park at 9am
  • Cool Kids Meeting Location: Transmitter Park in Greenpoint at 9am

The Bronx:

  • Team BX Meeting Location: Yankee Stadium at 11am

Staten Island:

  • S.I.C.K. (Staten Island Cool Kids) Meeting Location: 4 South Street (Corner of Whitehall street in the South Ferry Area of Lower Manhattan. We will meet in front of the STATEN ISLAND blue sign) at 10am