New York Goes Floral for Spring
March 10, 2023 | 4 min Read
As the saying goes, March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. In preparation for spring and the beautiful weather to come, we have a round up of some of the best eye-popping flower shows happening around town this month! Get ready for spring by basking in these blooms.
They come out just once a year, but they’re worth the wait. The cherry blossoms in NYC’s trees provide stunning backdrops and beautiful moments of pause in a city always on the go.
- Check out Central Park (the cherry blossom trees can be found between 72nd Street and 96th Street around the Reservoir, Cherry Hill, Pilgrim Hill, Great Lawn, Cedar Hill, and the area just south of Cedar Hill between 74th and 77th Streets).
- Little Island is another place to catch Akebono Yoshino cherry trees blooming alongside daffodils, tulips, lilies, pasque flowers and more.
- The Brooklyn Botanical Garden contains 26 of the species and cultivars, from the “Kanzan” to the “Pendula Rosea” cherry blossom trees.
Riverside Park was the recipient of 2,000 cherry trees from Japan in 1912. The Committee of Japanese Residents of New York offered the trees as a gift, NYC Parks explained. The trees were planted in Riverside Park and a small nearby park that became known as Sakura Park, a nod to the Japanese word for “cherry blossom.” Sakura Park is between Riverside Church and International House in Morningside Heights near West 122nd Street.
Macy’s Flower Show
A sure sign that spring has arrived is the annual Macy’s Flower Show. Each year Macy’s popular Flower Show selects a theme and then constructs incredible displays of blooms. The event turns Macy’s into a creative floral haven for a two-week period. This year the floral exhibition at the Herald Square location will feature a “dreamscape of fluffy clouds and whimsical floral landscapes” created in partnership with the luxury label Dior.
The event promises to turn Macy’s first floor into “a dream-like city in the sky,” with thousands of flowers and trees as well as “playful, whimsical” displays with gravity-defying elements. Move up to the balcony level and Dior will delight visitors with a floral field that educates on how the house of Dior makes its fragrances come to life.
Students from The Fashion Institute of Technology will create a display for the Broadway facing windows that is sure to be an avant garde and exciting use of flowers. The event is free and runs from Sunday, March 26 through Sunday, April 10.
Macy’s Herald Square
151 W 34st Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues
New York, NY 10011
The Orchid Show at The New York Botanical Garden
The Annual Orchid Show at The New York Botanical Garden is going on right now. This year’s theme explores the healing power of the natural world. Designer and landscape artist Lily Kwong designed this year’s version, called “Natural Heritage,” inspired by classic paintings of Chinese mountainscapes that have been passed down through her family from Shanghai. Kwong found inspiration in her own heritage, medicinal traditions and her artistic interpretation of nature as a healing force. Kwong’s vibrant and fantastical vision envelops visitors in thousands of orchids as they travel with her through an imagined landscape.
A ticket will grant you access to the Orchid Show and the rest of the NYBG’s collections. There’s also Orchid Nights tickets available. Orchid Nights gives visitors an opportunity to admire the flowers under the lights of the conservatory with music and cocktails and possibly even calligraphy. NYBG’s Orchid show runs through April 23, 2023. Tickets can be purchased here.
New York Botanic Gardens
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458
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