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Thousands of orchids bloom in New York

(People's Daily Online)

08:45, March 26, 2012

Visitors enjoying the walls of orchids. (Joanna Law /People's Daily Online)

By Joanna Law, Staff of People's Daily Online USA in New York.

Orchids are one of the most elegant plants due to its delicacy, exquisite shapes, and various of colors. Many people like to have them as a small decoration for their homes or office desks. In a city full of high-rise buildings, it is rare for people to find themselves surrounded not by noises and dust but by thousands of flowers. But in New York, such a place does exist.

The nation’s largest orchid show this year is unlike any other orchid show ever seen. Designed by the world-renowned French botanist, artist, and scientist – Patrick Blanc, the conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden showcases numerous families of orchids and species of plants in an innovative way - vertical walls. Abandoning the constraints of gravity, Blanc deliberately elevates the plants from the ground, introducing towering spectacles of tropical life.

"This design offers an opportunity for people to admire the whole plants. If they are put on the ground, people may not be able to see them clearly from different angles," said Joanna Groarke, Interpretive Specialist of the New York Botanical Garden to People’s Daily Online USA.

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