New York Orchid Show

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New York International Orchid Show

Written by Julie Greiner

The 2005 New York International Orchid Show celebrated its 25th Anniversary on the Rink at Rockefeller Center. The Show was hosted at Rockefeller Center by Tishman Speyer Properties and organized by the Greater New York Orchid Society. Each year, for the past 25 years, this annual event has graced the greater New York scene with a world class display of beautiful landscape ideas and a variety of orchids that ranged in the thousands.

Rockefeller Center Rink Capped for Orchid Show of 2005

The skating rink at Rockefeller Center was capped by a 60 foot high tent to create a space of almost 60 feet to cover the orchid filled arena from counties of all parts of the world. Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Canada, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, England and Japan... along with the United States participated in the show. Over 70 exhibitors displayed their finest specimens to an expected audience of 150-200,000 people. Just outside the show on the Rockefeller Concourse, there were more than 40 vendors representing leading international orchid growers who offered orchid supplies, books, botanical prints and gifts for sale to the attending orchid enthusiasts. There were 50,000 to 75,000 plants sold by leading international orchid growers. Complimentary lectures, workshops and daily tours were all part of the occasion.

Awards, Ribbons and Trophies of the 25th Annual New York International Orchid Show

The 25th Annual Show was judged by more than 60 American Orchid Society judges and international judges. There were 26 major trophies awarded, 30 American Orchid Society awards and plaques and ribbons in various categories. The Grand Champion Trophy for the Best Orchid in Show offered a $5,000 prize and 2 Best Exhibit in Show Trophies included cash prizes of $2,000 to $3,000. The New York International Orchid Show was the first show in the United States to offer a fragrance competition. Of the thousands of orchids offered in displays, only the finest are selected for recognition. The Annual New York International Orchid Show is only second in the world to the Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival in Tokyo.

History at a Glance of the Greater New York Orchid Society

The year of 2005 marks the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of the Greater New York Orchid Society. The 1950s showed an enormous popularity for the cut Orchid flower. There were over one million square feet of orchid greenhouses in New Jersey alone during the 1950s. The first official meeting of the Greater New York Orchid Society was held at the American Museum of Natural History in June of 1954. The membership of the society grew to over 100 members by the end of 1995. By the year 2000, the once million square feet of greenhouses had decreased down to the Brighton Farms and Waldor Orchids. The Society once sheltered only the greats of the orchid cut flower business. However the Society now includes the hobbiest and more people than ever have the opportunity to grow more beautiful quality plants.

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