Last night I walked into the preview of Macy’s Minneapolis Flower Show and literally danced with spring glee. This year’s theme America The Beautiful is one of the best that the Macy’s–Bachman’s team has put together. Beautiful. Stunning. Transforming. What else can I say? Oh wait...free. It runs for two full weeks and it’s FREE! I think it’s one of the best family-focused spring events in town. There’s plenty close to the ground for the little ones to see and the walkways are large for easier access. Also, if I SPY is a family favorite, seven ceramic animals are hidden throughout the gardens. Game on! Mmmm….maybe that’s a little too competitive for a spring get-away day??
The 51st Macy’s Flower Show (located on the 8th Floor of their Minneapolis store on Nicollet Mall Drive) starts this Sunday, March 20th and runs through April 3, 2016. It’s designed to transport you to six gorgeously different regions across the United States. I don’t want to spoil too much of the show for you, but be prepared to visit Maine’s rocky shores as well as Midwest farmlands, Pacific coastlines, Southeast bayous, and more. You’ll be treated to everything from fresh blooms, fruit, and shrubs to garden structures and desert pathways. It takes over 30 truckloads of plants (over 100 varieties) and nine days to create this incredible show.
In addition to your phones, you may want to bring your earbuds. That way you can enjoy an audio tour of each garden region. Or maybe you’re the type who enjoys naming that flower? If so, while you’re there text 313-131 and it will bring up a link to all the flowers in the show. (Note – not every flower in the show is available in Minnesota. Those that are will be marked with an *). You may also want to keep your jacket close. The temps are a chilly 65° in order to keep the flowers at their best.
Or maybe you’re just in the mood to slow down and enjoy the delightful spring ambiance and glorious flowers. There’s even a custom soundtrack of soothing instrumentals and nature sounds recorded by local Twin-Cities musicians.
You can find out more about the show and all the events that accompany it at Macy’s website.
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