The Macy’s Annual Spring Flower Show was a wonderful surprise for Pam and I when we were in New York City. Not only were all the display windows on one side of mid-town Macy’s filled with amazing floral displays, a huge chunk of real estate at Herald Square was given over to a giant tent. We were fortunate to go at night, and had the gardens inside almost to ourselves…
The flowers were fabulous! I can imagine that every grower within 100 miles of the City had sent every bloomin’ thing that they had to make the display. There were forced hydrangeas, cinerarias, Rieger begonias, bromeliads, tulips, hyacinths, caladiums, phalanopsis and cymbidium orchids of every imaginable color. There were spring-flowering shrubs and trees, some of which were fragrant. What a feast for the eyes!
The exhibit was huge! I think that the tent that housed the Spring Flower Show must have been 200 feet long, and 60 feet wide. The floor was about 4 feet above street level, and there were long cordons for people to wait to enter. How lucky we were to go at night! The design of the space – Indian Garden Glory, or whatever THEY called it… was delightful. There were many built features, like this archway, that divided the space and made it magical.
This is almost all bromeliads, and dyed forsythia… how they got the stems to be this vibrant red is beyond me, but it was just beautiful. This was one of about 10 window displays devoted to incredible floral excess.
Here, hellebores and bromeliads combine to spectacular effect.
In this orange grouping, there were ranunculus, kalanchoes, and gerberas – strange bedfellows in a real-world garden but perfect together in this floral fantasy world.
Rieger begonias, azaleas, gerbera, sprengerii, and who-knows what else combine for red lovers….
Here’s one of the in-store links to the exhibition… orchids galore, beautiful.
When I was just an eastern Oregon girl of 17, away in Illinois for college, there was public money for displays like this. Lincoln Park in Chicago had magnificent exhibitions like this one… special greenhouses built with risers; for plants, not singers; and they were filled at different season with masses of blooming plants. It was at one of these exhibitions that I realized that people were being paid to grow these plants – to create this beauty – and that I could make a life’s work of growing plants.