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Five things to see at the 2012 Macy's Flower Show

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Macy's Flower Show 2012

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Macy's Flower Show 2012

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Macy's Flower Show 2012

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Macy's Flower Show 2012

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Macy's Flower Show 2012

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Macy's Flower Show 2012

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Macy's Flower Show 2012

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Macy's Flower Show 2012

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Macy's Flower Show 2012

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Macy's Flower Show 2012

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Macy's Flower Show 2012

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Macy's Flower Show 2012

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Macy's Flower Show 2012

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Macy's Flower Show 2012

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Macy's Flower Show 2012

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Macy's Flower Show 2012

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Macy's Flower Show 2012

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Macy's Flower Show 2012

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Macy's Flower Show 2012

Photograph: Marielle Solan

Macy's Flower Show 2012

 

The 38th annual takes a tropical turn this year, filling the decidedly concrete Herald Square with colorful, pungent blossoms indigenous to South America. This year's theme is "Brasil: Gardens in Paradise," and the end result certainly lives up to its name—amid dozens of colorful blooms, the exhibit itself turns NYC's urban jungle, into, well, an urban jungle, and a celebration of Brazilian culture, landscape, architecture and history. Set in a giant tent in Macy's Herald Square, the show officially opens to the public this Sunday. Here are five things to look for once you're there: 

Meet a giant floral toucan 
As you walk into the show tent, prepare to be greeted by a giant, multicolored toucan centerpiece. Standing over eight feet tall, the friendly-faced avian is covered with thousands of dried Brazilian button flowers, while underneath its wings and body are made of black magnolia leaves. 

Walk by the Broadway windows
Along with Macy's Flower Show comes a brand-new window display featuring designs by Paul Olszewski and plantings by Ken Meullers. Staging a diaoramic set of mannequins surrounded by tropical flowers and plants, each of the six windows displays its own fantastical color theme.

See the Bouquet of the Day
In addition to a fresh set of displays, Macy's windows will also feature a Bouquet of the Day, an original floral arrangement presented by one of six designers every two days. This year's bunches will include floral designs by David Beahm, Rebecca Cole, DeJuan Stroud, Jes Gordon, Kenji Takenaka and Preston Bailey. 

View the Amazon Garden
Paying homage to the beauty of the South American rain forest, the Amazon Garden is the largest exhibit in this year's show. In it are a selection of rare palms; chocolate, coffee, papaya and citrus trees; plus a vivid selection of tropical plants and flowers. Once in, kids can zoom up the garden's raised walkway to get the best view of the foliage below while standing next to a large, man-made waterfall.

Chill to the sounds of water
Families will be enchanted by the peaceful sound of fresh water trickling from a tiered fountain accompanying the show's Rio Rooftop Garden display—and by the man-made waterfall along the Amazon Garden's raised walkway. Just resist the urge to throw any pennies in! 

The Macy's Flower Show opens on Sun Mar 25 at Macy's Herald Square, and is on view during regular store hours through Sat Apr 7. 

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