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Orchid Show Offers Tropical Respite from Cold

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In the air, on the ground, in a dazzling range of sizes, and in all the colors of the rainbow, the orchids have arrived at the New York Botanical Garden.

The theme of this year's show is Key West Contemporary, and on opening day, visitors relished not just the garden, but also the tropical temperature that helps this flower flourish.

"It's warm in here," said one person at the show. "I love any heat I don't have to pay for."

"It certainly is good to get a bit of a reprieve, even though we're going to be getting some more snow soon," said another.

"The colors are beautiful," said a third. "Everything just makes us feel fresh."

Mark Medina spends hours photographing the orchids. He said that the flowers remind him of home.

"We grew up in the Philippines, so they had orchids all the time," he said.

He decided to bring his mother to the show for the first time. For her, it brought back childhood memories.

"My mother's orchid house under a mango tree," his mother said. "Words cannot describe. It is so beautiful."

The show isn't just a treat for your eyes. The orchids are deliciously fragrant, like this one, Sharry Baby, which smells like chocolate."

Karen Daubmann helped put the 12th annual show together.

"It's my calling," she said.

She showed some of her favorites, like the so-called Pansy orchid.

"I really love it 'cause it's just such a big happy face on it," she said.

She also showed what's referred to as the dancing lady orchid.

"It looks like a huge skirt that's sort of flowing out, and then up closer, you see little hands and a little head," she said.

You have until April 21 to stop by. You might just be pleasantly surprised.

"I wasn't exactly wanting to go here, but it's pretty fun right now," said one person in attendance.

For more information, visit nybg.org.

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