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Winter double

It was gathering strength for 6 months…and finally, this morning – blossomed. In duplicate!

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Orchid Show in NY Botanic Garden


$37.50 admittance+22-minute roundtrip on MetroNorth [from Grand Central], $3 discount for buying City Ticket: $34.50
One small Arundina with 2 stalks: $28, because they only sell plants in (ugly and useless) terracotta pots, that’s about 40% of the price. Wanted to buy terrific coral-colored Cymbidium, was prepared to shell out $40 for it – but for $85 with the huge heavy terracotta pot? Noway. As my ex used to say: “that’s how Greed breeds Poverty”. Now they are left w/o my $40, but with unmovable merchandise.
One long line for general entrance, for all programs and orchid care classes. One long-winding, slow-moving crowd thru 5 turns within Conservatory – even though at every turn there is an exterior door, that could be opened to get people with purpose (to get on time for 2:30 class!) for a shortcut. 2 lines at gift shop cash register literally moving in opposite directions (chaos!) in over-crowded room, while there are 2 more open and empty in the next one. Not enough cashiers, greeters, info, environmental signage.

Orchids themselves: gorgeous.

Show’s design: big marketing campaign 2 months ahead, lots of self-congratulation (by the Garden). Result: not even close to spectacular scenography and designs of the past shows in the Winter Garden at Financial Center.

[More pictures, as usual, at the lower right margin and on Flickr]

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Величина удельного остервенения на квадратный сантиметр пространства

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where was I yesterday?


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Red Whale

Madison Square Park, NYC, several years ago (2010? 2011?)


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Каюсь и перестаю жаловаться. Мои-то просто микроскопические задохлики, не чета заокеанским:

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OHNY-14: Parks. Part II

Inconvenience of spending 5hrs of my Sunday time on a round trip to/from Inwood (“How tarsome”! – would say a certain E.F. Benson’s personage) was totally compensated by the park itself.
Fort Tryon is the stage of historical events of Revolutionary War, a gorgeous estate bought from original owner (Billing) and developed into park by Rockefeller – and one more example of Olmsted landscape design.

Sunday was my day of volunteering for Open House; I expected very little attendance due to distance. I was pleasantly surprised. My tally-sheet was filling up with visitors, and I had no difficulty to collect people for the tours.

It was a gorgeous day, unexpectedly sunny and warm, and I saw so many happy faces, human and canine, entering the park! One of pleasant experiences of volunteering is how visitors interact with you in your semi-official capacity; it never cease to amuse.


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