Thursday, February 9, 2012


Every winter, exotic orchids provide the tablesetting magic for The New York Botanical Garden's Orchid Dinner. The glorious event, generously underwritten by Veranda, BNY Mellon and Tiffany and Co, is a way to celebrate and support one of New York's best loved horticultural treasures, The New York Botanical Garden. “We were thrilled to sponsor the Orchid Dinner for our 5th consecutive year,” said Veranda editor in chief Dara Caponigro. “The evening supports the New York Botanical Garden’s vital work in conservation and education and we are pleased to have helped the Garden attract so much creative talent in support of its mission. This event is always a showcase for some of the most extraordinary design.” If you have not been to the gardens, go! The stunning Orchid Show that opens March 3rd draws quite a crowd from far and wide, as does their beautifully-edited gift shop.
For the table designs, interior and floral designers start with the delicate looking blooms, and build their design story around the flower-- sometimes using masses upon masses of them. This year, the tables were as divine as ever, with orchid arrangements created out of every possible variety and hue soaring heavenward. Here is a sampling of several tablescapes, with more to follow tomorrow.
You may get orchid fever, watch out:

Stephen Elrod for Brunschwig & Fils created a global fantasy land using the newest bold Brunschwig prints. Notice the giraffe centerpiece holding a lantern in its mouth. Stephen always outdoes himself.

Reds yellows and pinks step up to the splendid giraffe.

David Easton created a low lying arrangement with Maidenhair ferns and tall Phaelenopsis.

Laura Vinroot Poole with John Lupton, Andrew Thomas and Leontine Linens had a blast of brights and a giant red urn filled with chartreuse and red orchids.

Connie of Plaza Flowers had a true piece de resistance, pairing a large spray of deep red orchids with brushed metals.

Philip Gorrivan for Lalique went for white and clear.

Flower School New York's Felipe Sastre created a palm tree out of Phaelenopsis.

LMD Lewis Miller Design combined clear glass, a metallic table skirt and crisp white orchids.

Bowman Dahl Floral & Event Design worked with gray and mercury glass to go along with the fanciful puff of orchids atop a long stemmed vase.

Baccarat by Rafael de Cardenas/Architecture at Large used intricately intertwined orchids in vibrant tones for a rain forest effect.

Michael Walter for Lexington Gardens created a gorgeous towering waterfall of garden tools and potted orchids that was spectacular.

Robert Marinelli, RMID Enterprises, Inc. mixed a matte burlap cloth with hits of fuchsia and a glittery low centerpiece of a log with orchids sprouting from it, pure woodlands fantasy.

Campion Platt rang in the Chinese New Year with low orchids and a fanciful multi-hued paper dragon.

MagnaFlora Design | Events had a showstopping low centerpiece of just purple orchids.

Guests got to take home a mini orchid.

Roric Tobin for Geoffrey Bradfield Inc. went on safari.


Nancy said...

How absolutely gorgeous..... I've been on the phone with our wedding florist since I saw your post, hoping we could use these designs as our inspiration. Bravo, Designers!
Nancy in Alabama

the designers muse said...

What creative centerpieces! I love the orchid room at NYBG!

Marisa/Stylebeat said...

Hi Nancy, that is great I hope it works out beautifully!

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Each was so different and ornate...Amazing skills in those orchid centerpieces.