A Guide to Floral Activities in New York City
New York City is known for its bustling streets, towering skyscrapers, and vibrant culture. But amidst the concrete jungle, there are also hidden pockets of natural beauty waiting to be discovered. The city offers a plethora of floral-themed activities that will delight your senses and provide a refreshing escape from the urban chaos. In this blog post, we'll explore some of the best floral things to do in New York City.
Visit the New York Botanical Garden
Located in the Bronx, the New York Botanical Garden is a paradise for flower lovers, and probably one of the most important and iconic places to visit. With over 50 gardens and collections, it offers a diverse range of floral displays throughout the year. From the vibrant tulips in spring to the enchanting roses in summer, each season brings a new wave of beauty to explore.
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Experience NYC's Floral District
Take a stroll through NYC's vibrant Floral District, located in the Chelsea neighborhood. (Where H.Bloom's headquarters used to be located!) Explore the numerous flower markets and floral displays along storefronts, and immerse yourself in the fragrant world of blooms. It's the perfect place to find inspiration for your own floral arrangements. The best time to visit is in the mornings, since most of these shops will only be open until 12 or 1pm. Be sure to check out this blog by Petal Republic, outlining a brief history of NYC’s floral district along with some helpful transportation tips.
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Take a stroll through the best flower markets
The city is home to some of the most vibrant and diverse flower markets in the world. Aside from the expansive floral district in Chelsea, there is also the Union Square Greenmarket. This market offers a wide variety of fresh flowers, plants, and unique floral arrangements. Whether you're looking for a specific type of flower or just want to explore the colorful displays, these markets are a must-visit for any floral lover.
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Immerse yourself in history
If you're interested in exploring the intersection of art and flowers, NYC offers several options. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (the MET) often features exhibitions that highlight floral motifs in various art forms, from paintings to sculptures. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) also occasionally showcases contemporary artists who incorporate flowers into their work. You can find Monet’s famous Bouquet of Sunflowers in one of the MET’s permanent collections on view in gallery 819, situated among other awe-inspiring European paintings from the 13th through 19th century.
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Explore the Macy's Flower Show
Every spring Macy's Herald Square transforms into a floral paradise with its annual Flower Show. This event features stunning floral displays, elaborate gardens, and unique installations. Visitors can explore different themed gardens and get inspired by the creative arrangements. The Macy's Flower Show is a must-visit for flower enthusiasts and anyone looking for a burst of color and fragrance in the heart of the city. H.Bloom has even hosted a floral crown making booth at this event in the past!
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Strike a pose with a floral backdrop
For those seeking the perfect backdrop for their Instagram photos, NYC has no shortage of picturesque floral spots. The High Line, an elevated park built on a historic freight rail line, offers stunning views of wildflowers and greenery against the backdrop of the city skyline. Another popular spot is the Conservatory Garden in Central Park, known for its beautiful fountains and meticulously maintained flower beds. Lastly, the New York Botanical Garden's Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden is a must-visit for rose enthusiasts, with over 650 varieties of roses.
Learn more about the Highline Gardens here.
Exploring the floral to-do's in NYC can be a delightful experience for flower enthusiasts. From visiting the vibrant flower markets to attending flower-related events and incorporating flowers into your daily life, there are endless opportunities to indulge in the beauty of nature. So, next time you find yourself in the Big Apple, don't forget to add some floral flair to your itinerary!
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