Macy’s Flower Show fetes “Towers of Flowers”

Enter ‘Macy’s on State’ handbag department from the Randolph Street side to see the floral replica dedicated to the John Hancock Tower. It’s 41 feet tall – that’s three stories high! – and covered with green English Ivies, florist azaleas, spider plant, and hibiscus.

This is the tallest structure in the annual Macy’s Flower Show, now through April 10th. It’s the tallest structure in any flower show. And it’s in honor of Chicago. This year’s theme is “Towers of Flowers.”

Move on to see flowers lining the path, and flora trellises lined with the likes of curly willow, Peruvian Cacti, Jasmine, Kiwi vine and bougainvillea vine.

In the first floor Cosmetics area, there is a pedestal that features “The Bouquet of the Day,” presented by different artists throughout the show. The sixth floor showcases“Floral Tablescapes” displays to add to the “Flower” celebration.

And, on the seventh floor, the Walnut Room restaurant has a grand floral centerpiece that stands up to 16 feet tall. It features a triad of “Cone Towers,” and flowers like hyacinth, cherry blossoms and lilacs.

The Flower Show features roses, tulips, azaleas, hydrangeas, orchids, ivies and trees. The entire event is comprised of more than 15,000 potted plants covering almost 90 plant varieties.
That makes an experience of brilliant colors and scents, all to celebrate flowers and springtime! O yes, ’tis springtime, even though here in Chicago the temperatures feel yet wintry.
Those temps could evolve any day. Inside the Macy’s Flower show, temperatures are controlled to a 65-degree average to best accommodate the plants.
The folks who designed the show are being green about it. Most the plants, after being removed from the Flower Show, will be returned to the place from where they came – Green View in Dunlap, Illinois.
As a matter of fact, if you see something you like and are interested in purchasing, there is a chance you may purchase it from Green View after the Flower Show. Check with the Macy’s information desk to inquire.
More information:
Free Tours. Volunteer Master Gardeners from the University of Illinois offer free Flower Show guided tours Fridays-Sundays at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. Meet at the first floor Fountain Atrium.
Flower Show menu. The Walnut Room, on the seventh floor, offers a special menu to fete the Macy’s Flower Show. Menu items include special crispy asparagus and crab cakes. The potables menu includes a St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur cocktail and a Floral Wine Flight.
Macy’s on State Flower Show web page. For more information, including scheduled cooking demonstrations and performances, visit Macy’s Flower Show Chicago.

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