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Orchids on Broadway at NYBG

By: Michelina Docimo

I said to myself — I’ll paint what I see — what the flower is to me but I’ll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking time to look at it — I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers. Georgia O’Keefe

I’ved used this quote before when writing about orchids in The Cat’s Meow because I enjoy taking the time to peer into a flower’s face and really study what is inside.  Yesterday I was treated to a chorus of thousands of exotic orchids at The New York Botanical Garden’s show, Orchids on Broadway.  Bigger than life personalities blooming in the conservatory, so New York.  Tony award set designer, Scott Pask, set the stage of orchids as the starlets, the chorus, the directors, and even the spectators.  Orchids have this quality of staring back at you and engaging in improvisational conversation.  What was coming out of their whiskered, bearded, bulging, and flattened pansy-like mouths were exotic and sometimes familiar sounds like an opera with subtitles.  Some notes were high coming from the miniatures and others were bellowy tenors coming from the orchids with swooping deep throats.  Inside, the conservatory sounded nothing like the Bronx periphery.  The sirens, horns, city sounds of people cramped in unstoppable bumper cars cursing up a storm with their lips and hands – they reminded me more of the carnivorous plants caged in the glass cloche.  I thought about the transformation of space and the behavior differences – from the oohs and aahs of wonder to the bleepity bleep of road rage.  But then again, I caught myself saying in the greenhouse, “These orchids – they’re not plants.  They’re animals.”

Photos By: Michelina Docimo

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2 Comments to “Showstoppers”

  1. Pam Massini says:

    What a privilege to see flowers this gorgeous! You must have felt like you were in heaven. You’re right. These exotic faces look like unique, multicolored little animals. Did any of them purr when you walked by?

  2. Pam Massini says:

    What a privilege to see flowers this gorgeous! You must have felt like you were in heaven. You’re right. These exotic faces look like unique, multicolored little animals. Did any of them purr when you walked by?

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