Macy's Flower Show 2012
This morning, about a dozen of us media folk and floral designers previewed the 2012 Macy's Flower Show at Macy's on State. The "Brasil: Gardens in Paradise" theme features designs that mimic the South American country's tropical landscape, including a 10-foot toucan draped in 70 square feet of vibrant native flowers and leaves.
Unlike seasons past, this year's showcase will be on the ninth floor at the department store's event center, as opposed to its usual first-floor locale. However, visitors can gape at a few smaller arrangements at the first-floor atrium and in select Carnival-inspired window displays. The show's popular Boutique of the Day centerpieces—created by local designers from H. Bloom, Hello Darling, Larkspur and Sweet Petal—can be found on the main level as well.
I have yet to travel to Brazil. But the presentation's waterfall, pineapple plants and orchids helped to recall warm memories of traipsing through the Garfield Park Conservatory. Try to ignore the schmaltzy recorded rainforest and jungle-bird sounds.
The seasonal showcase is viewable from March 25–April 7. Among the related activities are complimentary behind-the-scenes tours led by master gardeners, cooking and flora demonstrations, brunch with the Easter Bunny and live entertainment.