Spring isn't here, but isn't it? The hazy shade of winter has lifted off the New York Botanical Garden, at least, where they just opened their 17th Annual Orchid Show this week. This year they pay tribute to Singapore ("one of the world's greatest orchid cultures"), and as a nod to the country's role in Crazy Rich Asians, and as an homage to native New Yorker Awkwafina (who co-starred in the film), they've named an orchid "Vanda Awkwafina." You'll see it on display amongst the thousands of other blooms there.
"For the first time at NYBG, we’re naming a new orchid hybrid after a public figure and beloved native New Yorker," they announced. "Vanda Awkwafina, a genus native to Singapore, is on display during this year’s show, and will be kept and cared for in our Nolen Greenhouses."
— AWKWAFINA (@awkwafina) February 21, 2019
This year's show was developed in conjunction with Singapore Botanic Gardens and Gardens by the Bay, and feature orchid-adorned elements that were "inspired by
the Arches and Supertrees" of Singapore. "Set in the landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, thousands of orchids in every shape, color, and size surround you, climbing to the sky on towering structures and suspended from curving arches." Unlike in Singapore, however, they have not constructed a Cloud Forest Dome with walkways wrapping around the treetops. Unfortunately. Still, it'll warm your cold, dead New York Winter hearts.
Please enjoy a million photos from the preview we attended—click click click SPRING.
"The Orchid Show: Singapore" will be open to the public February 23rd through April 28th, at the New York Botanical Garden (2900 Southern Blvd, in the Bronx).