Botanical Garden Holds Orchid Exhibit

BY JOE MARVILLI
Staff Writer

The Queens Botanical Garden will kick off both its opening weekend and the World’s Fair Anniversary season with a special flower exhibit.

“Taiwan: A World of Orchids” will be presented in partnership with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office. Starting on April 5, the display will feature an array of orchids available to view from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This exhibit will be enhanced with activities and performances, along with a plant and orchid sale on April 6.

According to the botanical garden, Taiwan’s subtropical climate makes it the ideal location for growing orchids. It is the foremost center for research and development of the orchid industry, as well as its largest exporter.

Besides taking time to stop and smell more than 250 orchids, the Queens Botanical Garden will include many activities, ceremonies and more that should keep attendees entertained all day. Botanical craft workshops for children will be offered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a traditional Chinese tea ceremony accompanied by a musical performance on the guqin, a Chinese seven-stringed zither. That ceremony will run from 1:45 to 2:30 p.m.

The “Techno Prince” Dancing Doll, a contemporary version of an ancient Taoist deity who dances to electronic music, will also make an appearance. If you want to see this phenomenon first-hand, he will be on-hand between 12:45 p.m. to 12:55 p.m. on the Terrace roof.

Susan Lacerte, the botanical garden’s executive director, said that the exhibit was chosen to kick off the anniversary festivities due to Taiwan’s historic role in the World’s Fair half a century ago.

“The first international entity to break ground for the 1964 World’s Fair was Taiwan,” Lacerte said during the World’s Fair Anniversary kick-off press conference at the Queens Museum.

On April 6, the Opening Weekend celebrations will continue with children’s activities from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., an all-day plant and orchid sale and special appearances by Flora, the garden’s mascot.

“The orchid event and the whole World’s Fair season will truly be fun and memorable,” Ambassador Paul Wen-liang Chang, from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, said.

Queens Botanical Garden is located at 43-50 Main St., Flushing. For more information, call (718) 886-3800 or visit www.queensbotanical.org.

Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, jmarvilli@queenstribune.com, or @Joey788.