If you can't get enough of orchids, you're not alone. An obsession with the showy bloom is actually a documented phenomenon — 19th-century collectors went to insane lengths to find and cultivate each breathtaking flower, and the historic flower craze is now the theme of the 's 14th annual .
"Orchidelirum" opens tomorrow at the Bronx conservatory, and the insider snaps of the exhibit certainly do the title justice. According to the , avid horticulturists in Victorian England would pay over $100,000 in today's money to send explorers to exotic jungles around the world in search of new varieties. The rivalrous naturalists (and fortune seekers) risked life and limb to bring back thousands of plants — but only 1% of the delicate flora would survive the journey home.
While the travelers' exploits sound straight out of an adventure novel (and have inspired many), the efforts have resulted in more than 30,000 existing varieties, some of which are now on display. The NYBG's show-stopper, however, is not a single bloom but an enormous stone waterfall covered in hundreds of the colorful flowers.
Check out some of the prettiest plants below, and visit the for more information on visiting the exhibit.