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Orchids are one of the world’s most fascinating plants, with 28,000 varieties of them growing on every continent, except Antarctica.
“There are definitely orchid fanatics out there and we get a lot of them who come to see some of the rare and unique varieties we have as part of the exhibit,” Dylan House, public programs manager at the Queens Botanical Garden, said.
The exhibit Taiwan: A World of Orchids is taking place this weekend in the garden with 750 orchids on display.
This is the ninth year for the partnership between the garden and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, which promotes Taiwan culture — a major grower of orchids.
Besides orchids, there is art work from New York Taiwanese artists and cultural programming throughout the weekend.
“We’ll also have different vendors here supporting the programs so you can come out and enjoy the garden and grab a beer and a bite to eat and also enjoy the exhibit for the weekend,” House said.
It’s an opportunity for visitors to explore the 39-acre oasis in Flushing, which was created as an exhibit at the 1939 World’s Fair at nearby Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and moved to its current location before the 1964 World’s Fair.
It has become a popular destination for residents of Queens and beyond.
“From our surrounding neighborhood in Flushing and Corona and other parts of the borough nearby, we see in a normal year pre-pandemic, we saw 35,000 school kids a year on field trips,” House, who designed the orchid exhibit, said.

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