Winter weather just seems to drag on and on! Even as I write this it is 19 degrees and snowy outside. Have no fear friends, spring has truly sprung at the Macy’s Flower Show in downtown Minneapolis. Each year Macy’s and Bachman’s partner together and create a floral event that celebrates the arrival of spring regardless of what the forecast says. Dating back to 1960, it is a Minneapolis tradition. With free admission during regular store hours running now through April 6th, the Macy’s Flower Show is a spring tradition you don’t want to miss.

Bachman’s floral designers transformed the Macy’s 8th floor auditorium into a collection of gardens from around the world. The Flower Show’s theme is “Secret Garden.” In fact, there are several secret gardens hidden about the show. My favorite are the whimsical fairy gardens that are tucked away by the show’s entrance and exit. I won’t give away their exact location, just look closely at the potted flowers before passing through the initial archway and before exiting the auditorium. Also keep a look out for some fairies hidden amongst show’s window boxes and pots. Lattice work carries the secret garden theme throughout the show. Take time to pause and look through the lattices as they not only conceal but beautifully frame new views of the gardens.

Macy's Flower Show 2014
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Photography by Adam Bettcher for Macy’s

The Macy’s Flower Show’s center piece is a gorgeous red floral dress. The dress is reminiscent of the dress from the Flower Show’s poster and is inspired by trends coming into Macy’s stores this spring. Bachman floral designers created the dress using all organic material and it is truly a masterpiece. To fully appreciate the dress you have to take it in from several angles as you stroll through the show.

Macy's Flower Show 2014
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Photo by Adam Bettcher for Macy’s

The people at Macy’s and Bachman’s considered all five senses when designing the Flower Show. Naturally, it is a feast for the eyes. Each garden area has its own lovely aroma that pleasantly tickles your nose. To preserve the flowers the floor is kept at a crisp 60-65 degrees so it feels like spring inside the show. Cheerful chirping of birds and soft classical music beautifully accompanies the garden scenery. Mike Gansmoe of Macy’s carefully selected over two hundred minutes of music from some of my favorite composers like Ravel, Elgar, and Debussy Macy’s in house restaurant, The Oak Grill, finishes off the sensory experience, offering appetizers and cocktails inspired by the Flower Show. You can even bring a bit of the show home with you or simply grab a tasty treat at the Flower Show’s gift shop. Indeed, the good people at Macy’s didn’t overlook a single detail. Don’t live in Minneapolis? No problem, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and San Francisco Macy’s also host Flower Shows. So whether it’s a day trip with your kids or a date night with your sweetheart, visiting the Macy’s Flower Show is a perfect way to ring in spring!

 

 

 

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Wife, work at home mom, and bassoonist, Laura Ankrum lives in Iowa City, Iowa. Prior to the arrival of her two children Laura taught elementary music and band in the Boston area. Now her home is her classroom and music studio. Laura is passionate about education, encouraging other moms, and eco-friendly living. She is the social media coordinator at Thirsties Inc and regularly contributes to First Time Mom.

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