For the first time in 38 years, Macy's famous Flower Show has bloomed inside a massive tent in Herald Square instead of in the store itself - and those who step inside are in for a Brazil-inspired treat. Capturing all of the colors of Carnival, the show has been delighting floraphiles since last week with its themed gardens that offer New Yorkers an escape to the Amazonian rainforests. We popped into the show on Saturday and the lavish displays of greenery, vibrant blossoms and working waterfall were the perfect way to avoid the dreary, drizzly weather outside. Step into our gallery to see all of our favorite parts of the show, including this giant toucan topiary covered in 25,000 hand-dipped Brazilian button flowers and magnolia leaves.
A pineapple plant!
The theme of the 2012 Macy’s Flower Show was Brasil: Gardens in Paradise, and master horticulturalists and display artists transformed the inside of a temporary white tent into a South American wonderland that lives up to the name. Each section of the interior reflected the style and indigenous plantlife of a different region of Brazil, from Copacabana to Ipanema. The working indoor waterfall and 8 foot tall flower-clad toucan topiary were the obvious crowdpleasers but we were especially fond of the “Rio Rooftop Garden” featuring a roof planted with bromeliads and the elegant “Conservatory Garden” encased in glass. We’re not gonna lie though – the topiary monkey hiding out in the trees was up there on our list too.
The Rio Rooftop Garden, designed by Sandra Waddacor and Nicola Stone-Chang, offers showgoers a simulated experience of what Rio de Janeiro might look like from a gorgeous elevated vantage point. The highlight of this display was the rustic “lean-to” roof planted with grass, sedum, moss, and bromeliads.
We couldn’t help but feel some pangs of jealousy when we came upon the Jardim Botanico/Conservatory Garden, the last stop in the Flower Show. Designed by James Morgan, the greenhouse-like nook is an intimate floral retreat that looks like the perfect place to curl up with a cup of tea and a good book.
The Macy’s Flower Show ends on Saturday, April 7th, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, don’t miss it!
Photos © Yuka Yoneda for Inhabitat