Macy’s Flower Show Presents “Carnival”—A Flower-Filled Trip to the Fair

Macy’s Flower Show Presents “Carnival”—A Flower-Filled Trip to the Fair

From the 2016 Macy's Flower Show, "America the Beautiful" (©Kent Miller Studios for Macy's Inc.)

The Macy’s Flower Show, now in its 43rd year, welcomes spring with a bang—utilizing thousands upon thousands of beautiful blooms to enchant visitors from near and afar by creating a world filled with color and life. This year’s theme, “Carnival,” evokes whimsy and adventure, taking guests back to the festive fairgrounds of our youths as they walk through the displays at the Macy’s in Herald Square. 

For those of us who have strolled about the midways of state or county fairs—I grew up in the Midwest, I promise you these are real things and not just in movies—Macy’s “Carnival” will be modern, floral spin on this blast from the past. Guests to the Flower Show who might not have firsthand experience with carnivals get a flower-powered peek at iconic carnival sights like a revolving grand carousel, complete with hand-sculpted horses. 

Nine themed gardens take on different aspects of a traditional carnival. In addition to a midway-inspired garden, there is a “Fun & Games Garden” where guests can try their luck at classic carnival games among the colorful flowers surrounding them. “The Thrills Garden” offers excitement and fun with its rose-adorned pinwheels and a racing mini coaster. Discover a sensational signature scent in “The Scent Event Garden,” experience strange and exotic plants from far and wide in “The Oddities Garden” and swoon on the balcony at “The Tunnel of Love” while surrounded by bright pink and magenta blossoms. 

The Herald Square Macy’s is famous for its window displays along Broadway and those planned for the Flower Show will not disappoint. Roya Sullivan and Doug Fowler have crafted six carefully created gardens featuring fair favorites like a funhouse clown, a colorful carousel ride and a death-defying high-wire act, among other carnival delights.  

The “Carnival” gardens will displayed on the main floor of Macy’s, but those aren’t the only ones in the store! Guests can view specialty gardens on display from the Flower Show’s special partners—the Girl Scouts of the USA, Sinclair Oil Corporation and the Sino-American Friendship Association. The Girl Scouts’ garden is an interactive celebration of community involvement that features a working water pump feeding a giant flower. Dino the dinosaur from Sinlair Oil Corporation has a photo op for guests aboard his cart in his colorful garden. The Sino-American Friendship Association takes guests back in time with its “Silk Road Garden–China: Beyond Your Imagination.” Asian plants and flowers adorn this garden that honors the network of trade routes connecting China to Western countries for over 2,000 years!

The Macy’s Flower Show is free and can be viewed during the store’s regular business hours. Tours are available daily starting 20 minutes after the store’s opening to 1:30 pm.  The Flower Show takes place Sunday, March 26, through Sunday, April 9. In addition to the glorious gardens, guests can partake in special flower-themed events—floral arrangement presentations, cooking demonstrations and more!—taking place in-store during the two weeks of the show.

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From the 2016 Macy's Flower Show, "America the Beautiful" (©Kent Miller Studios for Macy's Inc.)

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