One of my very favorite things about the New York Botanical Gardens is that you can go there year-round, and always find something new and exciting to explore. During the warmer months, there’s nothing lovelier than spending an afternoon wandering around the Garden’s expansive grounds, and in the winter, there’s fewer places I’d rather be than in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.
The Conservatory, which opened in 1902, is an awe-inspiring indoor space that welcomes visitors year-round. It’s a gorgeous Victorian-style glasshouse that’s contents are designed to take guests on an “ecotour” around the world and across ages. The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, named for the publisher and philanthropist whose generous contributions to the New York Botanical Gardens made the Conservatory possible, is considered a NYC landmark, and draws in people from around the world.
Inside the Conservatory is a permanent exhibition that features 11 distinct habitats including two types of rain forest, deserts of North America, South America, and Africa, as well as aquatic plant displays. The exhibition, called A World of Plants, proudly tells the story of our planet’s beautiful plant life, and also offers a look at the valuable work done by the Botanical Garden’s scientists. The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory is also the home to annual exhibitions such as the Orchid Show and Holiday Train Show.
Right now, you can visit the Tropical Paradise exhibition, which runs through February 23rd. As the Botanical Garden explains, the Conservatory is “where the harsh outdoor weather gives way to warm rain forest mists, soaring palm trees, bright desert landscapes, orange-yellow crotons, fuchsia bromeliads, and more. You’ll feel like you are on vacation without leaving New York.” The Tropical Paradise exhibition is a fantastic escape from the dreary winter weather outside; it’s a great place to sit and daydream, draw, or snap photographs of inspiring, vibrant flora.
Learn more about the New York Botanical Garden and the Conservatory on its website.