It's a little early in the season for spring flowers, and it didn't feel that balmy Sunday, but at Macy's Herald Square, the bloom is on for the annual flower show. NY1's Tara Lynn Wagner filed the following report.
You'd think it was Black Friday, but this crowd isn't here for the deals. They're here for the dahlias.
Macy's flagship store is heralding the change of season with a perennial favorite, the Macy's Flower Show, which is proving to be a tropical oasis for winter-weary New Yorkers this year.
"It sounded something beautiful after the horrible winter," said one person.
As visitors step in from the cold, they are greeted by The Lady in the Red Dress, a 14-foot floral sculpture in runway-inspired attire.
"This is mind-boggling. It's magnificent," said one person.
Show visitor: This is spectacular. I'd like to know how many roses are in there, Gerbera lilies.
Wagner: 2- to 3,000 flowers.
Show visitor: Wow. That is beautiful.
This year's theme, The Secret Garden, is full of hidden gems. Visitors will want to plant themselves here for hours to take in the 30,000-plus flowers on the main floor and beyond.
"They're just so beautifully put together, and they complement each other with the colors and the textures. They're beautiful," said one person.
"Everything's done perfectly," said another. "I'm going to hire them to do my yard."
The show was uprooted for the past two years, held outside as the main floor underwent extensive renovations. Bringing it back inside forced organizers and florists to re-imagine their designs.
"Every planter, every bridge, every column surround was re-invented to match the new architecture," said Mike Gansmoe, executive producer of the Flower Show.
"It's outstanding," said one person. "It is over-the-top, and for anybody who is in the floral industry, this is a must see."
There's also the Bouquet of the Day, beginning with a somewhat shrouded Secret Garden by Jes Gordon, the first of five rotating designers.
"I'm up for three days, and then another lucky designer gets to come up," Gordon said.
"They are creating special one-of-a-kind floral creations that are really very unique and spectacular," said Elina Kazan, a Macy's spokesperson.
The Flower Show is free and open during regular store hours, with plenty to please both your eyes and your nose, provided you don't have allergies.
"It's really superb," said one person. "You just walk in and you just feeling great about it."
"It's spring in the air," said another.
And not a moment too soon.
The flower show runs until April 6.
For more information, go to macys.com/flowershow.