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 Opening February 27, The Orchid Show: Cuba in Flower inside the balmy Haupt Conservatory features thousands of colorful orchids, soaring palm trees, and a tropical retreat from the seemingly unending winter of 2010.

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Iconic sites in Old Havana and the Cuban countryside have been re-imagined to evoke the island's history while engulfing visitors in radiant flowers.

With the popular show acclaimed as a "tour de force that leaves most visitors gasping with amazement and delight," The New York Botanical Garden's 8th annual exhibition unveils a new theme, design, and experience by Cuban-born designer Jorge Sanchez of the Palm Beach firm Sanchez & Maddux.

The stage is set for this season's showcase for garden lovers, orchid fans, history buffs, and those searching for a sign that spring will return.

The Orchid Show: Cuba in Flower runs through April 11. Tickets available on the Garden's Web site at

Founding Sponsor, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation

Additional support has been provided by the Karen Katen Foundation.

The New York Botanical Garden is a museum of plants located at Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W) and Fordham Road. It is easy to reach by Metro-North Railroad or subway.

The Botanical Garden is open year-round, Tuesday through Sunday and Monday federal holidays. During The Orchid Show the Garden is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

The best way to enjoy the Garden during The Orchid Show is with the All-Garden Pass, which includes admission to the grounds as well as to seasonal gardens, exhibitions, and attractions such as the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Everett Children's Adventure Garden, Rock Garden, and Tram Tour (weather permitting): $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and students with ID, $8 for children ages 2–12, free for children under 2. A Grounds-Only Pass is available: $6 for adults, $5 for adult Bronx Residents; $3 for seniors, $2 for students with ID, $1 for children ages 2–12, free for children under 2. Grounds-only admission is free all day on Wednesdays and from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Discounts available for groups of 15 or more; contact Group Tours: 718.817.8687.

For more information, please call 718.817.8700 or visit Read the Botanical Garden's popular blog, Plant Talk: Inside The New York Botanical Garden at

Media Contact: Melinda Manning 718.817.8659/8616 or [email protected]

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