Eighth Wonder: Patrick Blanc’s Vertical Orchids

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Babylon had its hanging gardens, and now New York has its own vertical ones (you know, to parallel its skyscrapers), thanks to artist Patrick Blanc and the Botanical Gardens’ Orchid Show.

French botanist/artist Patrick Blanc’s vertical structures of orchids blended with other exotic plants is the cynosure of the New York Botanical Garden’s annual show devoted to what many consider planet earth’s most beautiful flower.

The show runs just two more weekends, through April 22. It is the nation’s largest orchid show, and, suggests the NYBG, a great place for evening cocktails.