2017 Flower Shows: The Best & The Brightest

This year’s winter season has definitely been unusual. Sunny and 50 degrees one day, and freezing and snowy the next.  Nevertheless, March is here and we hope the sky will clear up and the sun will shine brighter once Spring 2017 in a few weeks. New York will be in full bloom, as majestic gardens in the city and upstate open their doors for the best flower shows of 2017. In a city where our eyes are exposed to too many cars and buildings and not enough gardens, it’s always a breath of fresh air to see nature celebrated with colorful, beautiful flower displays. Here is what you should know about this year’s top 3 floral delights.

Photo: New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)

The Orchid Show: Thailand

New York Botanical Garden’s 15th annual Orchid Show is definitely a one-of-a-kind experience. This year’s exhibition transports you to the lush tropical gardens of Thailand.   For a day you can trade in the rush and rumble of NYC living for the peaceful and serene landscapes of a traditional Thai pavilion adorned with hundreds of jaw-dropping orchid arrangements.  discover the unique evolution and survival mechanisms that make orchids some of the most diverse and well-adapted plants on the planet. In addition, NYBG this year’s event includes Thai dance performances,  film screenings, tours, as well as amazing educational seminars about orchid care with expert Q&A’s. Planning a memorable romantic evening? Your date will surely be impressed by Orchid Evenings! Visit the flower show before April 9th so you don’t miss out!

Photo: Macy’s Flower Show

Macy’s Flower Show Presents Carnival

One week each year over the past thirty years Macy’s Herald Square department store transforms itself from destination for clothing and accessories to a lush landscape of spectacular, bright floral gardens. That time has come again! From March 26th until April 9th the carnival is coming to Macy’s. Plan your visit easily through the interactive map on the website. (Trust us, there’s PLENTY to do.)  Whether its learning about edible floral cakes or flower show family day – no one will leave disappointed. Make your visit even more worthwhile with the special Macy’s Flower Show Shopping Package, available at the Visitor Center for only $50.

Photo: Capital District Garden & Flower Show

Capital District Garden & Flower Show

After months of planning, the 30th annual Garden & Flower Show will be held at Hudson Valley Community College from March 24th through the 26th. If you are a garden and flower enthusiast, you’ll definitely want to be among the 12,000-15,000 attendees. See 100 garden and floral exhibits in a 17,000 sq. ft. space, attend workshops plus live flower demonstrations by a lineup of reputable speakers, buy your gardening tools (plants & seeds, equipment, outdoor furniture, spring flowers, etc.) from over 150 vendors, and taste various exquisite wines. Those experienced in floral design can apply to the Floral Design Competition and win ribbons coupled with a year’s worth of bragging rights, if selected for Best of Show and Most Creative; more details here. A General Admission ticket is a mere $12, and a 2-Day pass is $18. The show might not be in the city, but it’s absolutely worth the drive.

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