Acclaimed Belgian Floral Artist Daniel Ost to Be Guest Designer for The Orchid Show
at The New York Botanical Garden
NYBG’s 16th Annual Orchid Show Runs from March 3 through April 22, 2018
Floral Artist Daniel Ost A Daniel Ost conceptual rendering for The Orchid Show
Bronx, NY—The New York Botanical Garden announces that the 2018 edition of The Orchid
Show will be designed by acclaimed Belgian floral artist Daniel Ost. Entering its 16th year, the
popular exhibition, showcasing thousands of dramatically displayed orchids in the Botanical
Garden’s historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, will feature a series of installations crafted by
Ost, each a living sculpture that celebrates the complex beauty of these stunning flowers. One
of the world’s leading floral designers, Ost uses flowers as a means of expression. His artistic
creations will be tailored to the unique environment of the landmark Victorian-style
Conservatory, complementing the architecture of the building while creating a transformative,
dazzling spectacle of color, form, and texture. The Orchid Show will open on March 3 and run
through April 22, 2018.
Ost is celebrated worldwide for his eye-catching installations in private and public spaces,
working with both living and cut flowers. His large-scale artwork has drawn comparison to that
of renowned sculptors Anish Kapoor, Claes Oldenburg, and Andy Goldsworthy. In Belgium he
has been called “the Picasso of flower arranging,” and in France he was touted as “the
international star of floral decoration.”
Daniel Ost lives and works in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, where he was born and raised. Ost
trained in Belgium and the Netherlands before visiting Japan for the first time in 1983 where
he befriended Noboru Kurisaki, one of the most prominent grand masters of ikebana, the
Japanese art of flower arranging, who became his mentor and teacher. While Ost has been
heavily influenced by ikebana practice and philosophy, his work is an expression of his unique
aesthetic and deep appreciation for the beauty of the flowers and other natural materials he
uses to create his installations.
Visitors will have a chance to see Ost’s art firsthand at The Orchid Show, where the floral
artist will work with NYBG horticulturists to create a utopia of fragrance and color, assembling
orchids from the Garden’s collections as well as from some of the finest growers in the world.
Orchids of seemingly every conceivable shape and provenance, including rare and iconic
specimens, will be on display.
During Orchid Evenings throughout the run of the exhibition, visitors will experience music,
tours, and special performances, while cash bars will offer beer, wine, and cocktails for
Orchid Show visitors may select from thousands of top-quality orchids, from exotic, hard-tofind
specimens for connoisseurs to elegant yet easy-to-grow varieties for beginners, available
for purchase at NYBG Shop, along with orchid products and books. Dining options include
Hudson Garden Grill, NYBG’s full-service restaurant, and at the Pine Tree Café.
For more information about The Orchid Show and to purchase tickets, please visit the
Garden’s Web site, nybg.org.