April 14 - 18, 2004
Between 49th and 50th Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues
Orchid Show on Rink $5.00
Children under 12 Free
Sales area and lobby displays Free
Wednesday, April 14:
Orchid Show on Rink 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Sales area 12 noon to 7 p.m.
(Sales area will reopen from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
Thursday, April 15-Sunday, April 18:
Orchid Show and Sales area:
Thursday - Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Sales area will remain open until 6 p.m.)
The Greater New York Orchid Society 212-332-6577
The 24th New York International Orchid Show
April 14 - April 18, 2004
Information provided by the Greater New York Orchid Society
Thousands of vivid and exotic orchids will be on view under a tent floating over the Rockefeller Center Rink when the 24th New York International Orchid Show opens to the public on Wednesday, April 14th from 12 noon to 5:00 pm. Remaining show hours are Thursday - Saturday, April 15th -17th, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm and Sunday, April 18th, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
For the first time our show will be staged on the ice rink. Spectacular “orchid” trees covered with live orchid flowers will stand amid beautiful exhibits created by more than 60 orchid specialists from around the world, from Asia to Europe and North and South America. Nearly 10,000 orchids, including rare and unusual species, traditional favorites and the newest hybrids now on the market will fill the tent in large displays. Special Wardian cases will contain delicate miniature orchids. Exquisite artistic floral arrangements will be created by top floral and Ikebana designers including members of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. Beginning on Thursday, daily tours will be led by orchid experts and complimentary lectures and workshops will be offered.
The New York International Orchid Show is sponsored by REALITIES, a unique new apparel line that was created for the dynamic lifestyle of the modern woman. This world-class show is hosted by Tishman Speyer Properties and is organized by the Greater New York Orchid Society. It is considered the largest American orchid show with its large attendance figures ( 200,000 people in 2003) and second in the world after the Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival in Tokyo.
The show’s sponsor, REALITIES offers excellent quality career wear and casual styles at affordable prices for women. The line showcases understated elegance with beautiful fabrics and meticulous attention to detail. It is available at select Bloomingdale’s department stores.
On Wednesday, April 14th, American Orchid Society (AOS) and selected international judges will judge the show. Awards to be presented include 24 major trophy awards, 30 AOS awards, 52 plaques and 600 ribbons. The Grand Champion Trophy and a $4,000 cash prize are awarded for the best orchid in the show and the best exhibit receives a $2,000 cash prize. It is unusual among orchid shows to award cash prizes. The New York show was the first in the United States to have a fragrance competition, now a highlight of the show, with special invited fragrance judges awarding the top orchids in this class.
In the Rockefeller Center Concourse orchids will be on sale from more than 40 vendors including leading international commercial orchid growers offering between 50,000 and 70,000 plants for sale. Orchid books, botanical prints, jewelry, gifts and supplies will be available for sale.
Admission to the Orchid Show on the Rink is $5.00 and free for children under 12. Displays in the Concourse and the Lobby upstairs are free of charge as is the sales area.
The Greater New York Orchid Society orchid show was originally held at the New York Botanical Garden and the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden before moving to Rockefeller Center. Members of the Greater New York Society volunteer their time to create this world class show and share their passion for orchids.
Rockefeller Center is the site of numerous public exhibitions and events. Each day an estimated 250,000 people walk through the Rockefeller Plaza complex, which is home to the most famous Christmas Tree in the world.
For further information call the Greater New York Orchid Society at 212- 332-6577 or visit Greater New York Orchid Society