Taiwan: A World of Orchids at Queens Botanical Garden

John Liu (43rd NYC Comptroller), Jennifer Tung (Adviser of the Overseas Community Affairs), Paul Wen-liang Chang (Taiwan Ambassador)

On Saturday April 5, 2014 Queens Botanical Garden kicked off its Opening Weekend and World’s Fairs Anniversary Season with a special exhibit, Taiwan: A World of Orchids, presented in partnership with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO-NY).

Susan Lacerte (QBG Executive Director), Jennifer Tung (Adviser of the Overseas Community Affairs), John Liu (43rd NYC Comptroller), Paul Wen-liang Chang (Taiwan Ambassador), Pauline Huang (QBG Trustee), Nayelli Valencia Turrent (Director of Cultural Affairs & Tourism of Queens Borough President)

The exhibit featured a stunning array of orchids on view from 9am to 3pm. Children’s botanical craft activities offered from 10am to 5pm and a traditional Chinese tea ceremony as well as a performance on the guqin, a traditional Chinese 7-stringed zither, took place from 1:45 to 2:30pm. There was a special appearance by the famous “Techno Prince” Dancing Doll from 12:45 to 12:55pm on the Terrace. Snacks were provided courtesy of QBG Trustee Pauline Huang and souvenirs courtesy of the Tourism Division of TECO-NY.

Paul Wen-liang Chang (Taiwan Ambassador), Jennifer Tung (Adviser of the Overseas Community Affairs), Peter Koo (NY Councilmember)

Prized for its beauty and mysteriously complex shapes and colors, the orchid is royalty among flowers. With its subtropical marine climate, the Republic of China (Taiwan) has a century-long tradition of cultivating these special flowers. Today, Taiwan is the foremost center for research and development of the orchid industry and is the world’s largest orchid exporter.

Theresa Wong serving Taiwan high mountain tea

“It is particularly appropriate that QBG is leading off its World’s Fairs Anniversary Season with Taiwan: A World of Orchids,” commented Susan Lacerte, QBG’s Executive Director. “Taiwan was the first nation to break ground on its pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair and fifty years later, our friends at TECO-NY are celebrating the anniversary with us by sponsoring this exquisite event.”

For more, please visit: www.queensbotanical.org

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