Purple Haze: Laura Bohn Does the New York Botanical Garden’s 2014 Orchid Dinner

The New York Botanical Garden's annual Orchid Dinner. This favorite event took place on Monday, February 24, 2014 at the Mandarin Oriental

The New York Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Dinner, February 24, 2014, at the Mandarin Oriental’s Grand Ballroom. Photograph: New York Social Diary

I was delighted to be among the 25 designers asked to create a table for The New York Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Dinner, which took place on Monday, February 24, 2014 at the Mandarin Oriental’s Grand Ballroom. Sponsored by Veranda magazine, it serves as a fundraising prelude to the annual Orchid Show and is one of the season’s most glamorous events. As always, the room looked fantastic. This year’s theme was “Key West Contemporary,” and I enlisted the help of bunch of first-rate vendors to collaborate with Laura Bohn Design Associates in creating a table setting with a gorgeous orchid centerpiece that expressed the evening’s tropical spirit.

Laura Bohn Design Associates table at the New York Botanical Garden's 2014 Orchid Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental

Laura Bohn Design Associates’ table at the Orchid Dinner

The talented Loni Ludlow conjured the centerpiece with blooms fresh from Chelsea’s 28th Street flower market. The vases and atmospheric hurricane candles came from Seasons: A Floral Design StudioDuralee supplied the tropical print fabric for the table cloth, Kenny Flam of K. Flam Associates did the custom upholstery, and DENY Designs provided the colorful coasters.

Loni Ludlow and Laura Bohn in front of their table at the New York Botanical Garden's 2014 Orchid Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental

Loni Ludlow and Laura Bohn in front of their table at the Orchid Dinner. Photograph: New York Social Diary