Ready to stop and smell the roses? Thank goodness it’s springtime! Lucky travelers visiting New York while the city transitions from snowy winter to hot and heavy summer will get to experience some of the sweetest blooms of the year.
Just steps from the Wagner, Battery Park is a great spot to see the seasons change. But if you’re curious to see more, you can venture outside the Financial District. Whether you’re a fan of orchids, cherry blossoms or peonies, now is the perfect time to catch some of the most beloved flora on display throughout the city.
Macy’s Flower Show
Every year, the Macy’s at Herald Square puts on their spring-themed floral exhibition, or Flower Show. This year’s theme is “Journey to Paradisios,” which promises to incorporate sci-fi exploration into the exuberantly colored floral displays. Designers will create out-of-this-world scenes depicting alien creatures, spacecraft and galactic paradise.
The Orchid Show
Get lost in the tropical rainbow of orchids on display at The New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show this year. The 17th annual orchid show will showcase orchids from Singapore, where this particular flower plays an important role in the city-state’s cultural and topographic landscape. Learn about Singapore’s achievements in orchid hybridization, research and conservation while enjoying the splendid array of orchids in every size, shape and color. Also on display are the iconic Supertrees, or dramatically vertical green habitats, a popular attraction at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. To make an evening of it, visit during one of the designated orchid evenings when the conservatory is open late and visitors are encouraged to sip cocktails, listen to music and watch freestyle dancers perform among the blooms.
Chelsea Flower Market
If jet lag has you rising early, take advantage of one of the most uniquely New York flower experiences – the Chelsea Flower Market. Located on West 28th street between 6th and 7th avenues, this flower market offers a peek into the local floral community in New York. Most of the vendors arrive between 5:30 and 6am, so to see the market at its most vibrant, it’s best to arrive as early as possible. By 9am, the stalls will be full with flower aficionados from every industry in the city. And if you need an extra boost of caffeine while you’re browsing the blooms, check out A Little Taste Cafe, located in the heart of the flower district.