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