Brooklyn Botanic Garden
A must-see spring stop is Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where cherry blossoms are on view from late March through mid-May in several gardens and esplanades. Make a day of it at the garden’s Sakura Matsuri, a celebration of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture featuring more than 60 events and performances.
Macy’s Flower Show
Those who prefer their flowers with a side of fashion shouldn’t miss the season’s annual Macy’s Flower Show. For two weeks each spring, the iconic department store transforms its marquee locations in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago into themed flower-filled gardens. Past themes have included ‘America the Beautiful’ and ‘Carnival’.
New York City’s Flower District
While New York City’s Flower District is always in bloom, the Midtown market really springs to life this time of year. Every New Yorker should join the professional florists and flower shop owners who frequent the market at least once to experience its surprisingly bustling atmosphere and to stop and smell much more than mere roses. Tip: early birds get the worm—and the best bouquet—at this spring pick which opens its doors at 5:30 a.m.
Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence
See spring flowers in a new way at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibit, Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence. On view from March 12th through July 19th, the 150-piece collection will highlight 19th-century France’s ‘horticultural boom’ through fresh depictions of ‘best-known and hidden’ parks and gardens.
The Orchid Show at New York Botanical Garden
Flower-fiends (and Instagram-enthusiasts) look forward to this New York Botanical Garden presentation all year. The 16th edition of The Orchid Show, slated for March 3rd though April 22nd, will feature thousands of orchids displayed in living sculptures by ‘the Picasso of flower arranging’ Daniel Ost. Tip: take advantage of NYBG’s ‘Orchid Evenings’ for an unexpected springtime date night.
Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival
You don’t have to celebrate Easter to love New York City’s annual Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival. The gussied-up gathering made famous by 1948’s Easter Parade is essentially one big fashion show, in which adults, children, and animals don their most elegant ensembles—and not-so-sophisticated hats. Bigger is certainly better at this fashion-forward event, where, as you might expect, floral motifs are the most popular themes.
Earth Day at Union Square
Doesn’t Mother Earth deserve flowers and sweets (sustainable, naturally) too? At Earth Day at Union Square, America’s ‘most high-traffic Earth Day event,’ green businesses, kids’ activities, and environmental exhibitors entertain and educate in one of New York City’s most famous parks.
Daffodil Celebration and Wine Weekend
Local wines and more than 670,000 daffodils prove to be a perfect pairing at New York Botanical Garden’s Daffodil Celebration and Wine Weekend. On April 28th and 29th, you’ll sample drinks from nine New York winemakers while learning about wine, unwinding with live music, and exploring the stunning Daffodil Hill on guided tours.