This spring, the New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show is a great way to escape the pavement.
The garden will pay homage to Singapore, which has been named the greenest city in the world, with nights of lights and orchids after dark in its conservatory. “Orchid Evenings,” which will happen each Saturday through March and on weekends through April from 7 to 10 p.m., will showcase the talents of choreographer Chua Yun Chun from Singapore and the music of Eli Tyler, who produced a special edition EP called “Lily in an Orchid Garden.” Bites include food from C Bao, BBQ on a Stick, Bx Burger Co. and The Fried Kitchen among others.
The Orchid Show itself, which Orchid Evenings gives access to, features renditions of Singapore’s orchids, which is the country’s national flower, its famous vertical gardens, arches and its “supertrees” — all of which create a kaleidoscope of color and beauty.
The city is bursting with opportunities to surround yourself with flowers this spring. Below are some of our favorite ways.
New York Botanical Garden
May 4-5, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
When the garden is in full bloom, head to its Burn Family Lilac Collection for a day of plein-air painting, music, guided tours and talks as you smell the sweet smell of the lilacs. Tickets are $15 for city residents to access the grounds or $28 for the All-Garden Pass.
Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party
May 11-12, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Show your mom how much she resembles a beautiful flower with a day at the garden’s Daffodil Hill, where she can take part in walks, tours, floral demonstrations or picnic in the grass.
May 18-19, noon to 4 p.m.
Sip wines from the Hudson Valley, Brooklyn and Long Island within the gardens as live music plays and experts share their knowledge of winemaking. The NYGB Farmers Market will host a spring preview with freshly baked goods. Tickets are $48 and include a souvenir wine tumbler and an All-Garden Pass.
Rose Garden Weekend
June 1-2, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“A rose is a rose is a rose” and so it goes, the garden is hosting a weekend of programs at the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at peak bloom. Surround yourself with their beauty with a tour, live music by the Bronx Arts Ensemble and more. Free.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Sakura Matsuri festival
Famous for its gorgeous spray of cherry blossoms every April, The Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s cherry blossom festival is the annual sign that spring is in full swing. A slew of Japanese cultural events, from dance to live music and more are slated with tickets at $30.
Tuesdays, April 16-May 21, until 8 p.m.
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden cares that you see its flowers in peak bloom, so it is extending its hours every Tuesday through September. Stroll through the spring blooms, including daffodils, magnolias, peonies, cherry blossoms and azaleas, and sip on specialty cocktails or get a bite to eat at its Yellow Magnolia Cafe, which also remains open later on Tuesdays. Garden admission is $15.
Frida Kahlo: Plant Inspiration Tour
Sundays, April 14, May 5 & 12, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
If you’ve seen the “Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving” exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, why not complete your schooling in the artists’ life and influences by taking a tour at the garden? On Sundays, staffers show guests the plants that inspired Kahlo’s artwork and garden design. It’s free with garden admission, which is $15.
The Queens Botanical Garden
Music in the Garden: Quintet of the Americas
April 14, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
After perusing the blooms in the garden, sit down for a program of Gershwin/blues/pop/folk and world tunes by the Quintet of the Americas. Afterward, check out the garden’s exhibition, “In Full Bloom,” that features artwork inspired by flowers. Tickets include museum admission, which is $6.
April 28, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Spend a day celebrating Mother Nature with live music, gardening activities, beer and wine, local food and activities for kids at the garden. Tickets are $10.
Mother’s Day brunch in the garden
May 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The garden is pulling out all the stops for mom with a farm-to-table brunch that includes hot dishes, muffins, scones, tea and coffee that will go well with a walk around the garden. There are two sessions, one at 10 a.m. and another at 1 p.m. Arrive early and you can get a photo with your mom in the Wedding Garden ($10 for two digital photos). Tickets are $55 and include garden admission.