The exhibit expanded from previous years, featuring over 300 pots of Taiwanese orchids.
With 100 years of cultivating orchids, Taiwan’s orchid exports now total $120 million annually. The country recently won the bid to host the 23rd World Orchid Conference in 2020, also known as the “Orchid Olympics.”
The Queens community, especially Flushing, saw an influx of Taiwanese immigration throughout the years.
“With a show like this, we hope to showcase Taiwan’s diverse flora but to also bring the expat community back home and to make them feel like they are sharing in the beauty of their hometown with their neighbors and friends,” said Lily Hsu, Ambassador and Director General of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York.
Along with the flowers, which were also presented in various artforms and displays, there were arts and crafts available for families.
In addition, Taiwanese watercolor painter, Che Min Hsiao, live painted the orchids everyday of the exhibit. Hsiao also has an exhibit up at the garden, entitled “Sitting with the Garden,” displayed at the gallery in the Visitor & Administration Building. His mother used to purchase orchids all the time and the event reminds the artist of his family and home in Taiwan.
He visited the exhibit last year where he was inspired to start painting the flowers.
“Everytime I see orchids, I feel home and family,” Hsiao said. “I wish you could find a spot in the garden through my eyes and you can see life coming at you.”
“For instance, when you sit on the dandelion lawns, there is a wind blowing by where you could see white snow but in spring,” Hsiao added. “Things like that is what I cherish the most and I wish you could experience them on your own as well.”