World's largest orchid show kicks off in New York

13:16, March 05, 2010      

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Visitors tour the 8th Annual Orchid show at the Botanical Garden in New York, the United States, March 4, 2010. The exhibition will run till April 11 with some 7,000 orchids on show. (Xinhua/Liu Xin)

The 8th Annual Orchid Show, Cuba in Flower, the largest one of its kind in the world, kicked off Thursday in New York Botanical Garden.

The show features iconic sites of Old Havana and the Cuban countryside, re-imagined to evoke the history of the island while engulfing visitors in radiant flowers, organizer told the press.

The show also features about 7,000 of brilliantly colored orchids set among architectural vignettes from Havana and the surrounding countryside, added the organizer.

"In a blending of architecture, design, landscape, and the color, we want to create an experience for the visitor that was dramatic, vibrant, and the colorful while introducing elements of the Cuban experience that evoke the feel and look of the landscape and the country that I known as a child," said designer Jorge Sanchez.

The show offers visitors opportunities to learn about the garden's historic and ongoing orchid research, purchase orchids in the shop, receive care information from experts, take orchid-related courses ranging from a few hours to several days, and participate in family activities where children discover the orchid origins of vanilla.

The New York Botanical Garden, founded in 1891, is one of the premier botanical gardens in the United States. It offers major exhibitions and flower shows throughout the year, drawing over 800,000 visitors annually.

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