by Marisa Marcantonio

The check in table with flowers designed by Sebastian Li

The New York Botanical Garden held its annual Orchid Dinner at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel recently. The event gathered interior designers and floral design talent that created glorious tablesettings featuring the flora. With the delicate blooms of a wide variety of orchids large and small, designers created elaborate centerpieces. Party attendees could buy orchids to take home, and the event was a triumph for the Garden, raising $600,000. This year's Orchid Show opens March 5th, with a Broadway show theme. Over 300 orchid varieties will play a starring role.
Go and prepare to be amazed.

The awe - inspiring tables were on display just for the evening, but I wish more people had the chance to see them, so here they are:

Tim Whealon and L'Olivier Floral Atelier

Rod Winterrowd

Plaza Flowers

Sara Story

Mark Rose Events and David Scott Interiors

Deborah Buck for Buck House

Stephen Elrod, creative director of Lee Jofa

Baccarat and Steven Gambrel of S.R. Gambrel

Adria de Haume and L'Olivier Floral Atelier

Philip Gorrivan Design

Laura Vinroot Poole with John Lupton and Andrew Thomas

Sara Bengur Interiors

Lexington Gardens

LMD Lewis Miller Design

The Flower School of New York

Roric Tobin for Geoffrey Bradfield Inc.

Banchet Flowers

Selina van der Geest

Tiffany & Co. by Richard Lambertson and David M. Handy Event Design & Planning

Marcy V. Masterson, Inc. and Floral arrangement by Brian Robert Hamecs, Felt etc.