NYC in Bloom: Four Floral-Themed New York Flower Events to Look Forward To

Springtime in New York is a magical season, thanks in large part to the flowers that bloom all across the city, from planters along the sidewalk to Central Park’s Conservatory Garden. If you’re choosing this time of year to plan your NYC idyll, build your itinerary around the most picturesque (and fragrant!) New York flower events and programs, some of which we have rounded up below.

Orchid Show

The New York Botanical Garden celebrates springtime with a spectacular orchid display inspired by a different culture or artistic tradition each year. (Past themes have paid homage to Singapore, Thailand, and Key West.) This year sees celebrity designer Jeff Leatham, artistic director of Paris’ Four Seasons George V, using purple, red, hot pink, and orange orchids to evoke a larger-than-life, immersive kaleidoscope.

February 15-April 19; https://www.nybg.org/event/the-orchid-show/

Macy’s Flower Show

As part of the Macy’s Flower Show, a beloved Macy’s tradition since 1956, the company’s Manhattan flagship store showcases exotic, evocative floral design in the lead-up to Easter Sunday. The 2020 installation, titled “Voyage to Oceanum: A Sea of Inspiration,” will feature flowers and other centerpieces channeling the ocean floor and a fictional aquatic odyssey.

March 22-April 5; https://www.macys.com/s/flower-show/

Sakura Matsuri

Sakura Matsuri is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s cherry-blossom festival, boasting a sea of beautiful pink blossoms and programs dedicated to Japanese culture. Though the 2020 lineup has yet to be announced (check the below website for updates in the coming weeks), past years have included taiko drummers, martial-arts demonstrations with swords, and Japanese folk dancers.

April 25-26; https://www.bbg.org/visit/event/sakura_matsuri_2020

Tulip Time

As the Queens Botanical Garden fills with more than 16,000 tulips, the 39-acre site also hosts heaps of tulip-inspired events, from watercolor, embroidery, and printmaking workshops focused on the flower to tulip-arranging classes and tours to see the different bulb-flower varieties across the grounds. In past years, there has even been a chance to sip tulip-inspired cocktails.

May 2-3; https://queensbotanical.org/

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