73rd Macy’s Flower Show blasts off into space

The 73rd annual Macy’s Flower Show takes visitors a trip to outer space.

The 73rd annual Macy’s Flower Show takes visitors a trip to outer space.

Opening March 24 and running through April 7, “Journey to Paradisios” showcases 139 varieties of flowers, trees and plants in science-fiction and space-age themed displays on the first, third, fifth and seventh floors of the Union Square store.

Previewing guided tours being offered Wednesdays through Sundays, tour docent Ted Zoldan (dressed in astronaut coveralls) on March 21 told guests a fun story about how the “deep, dark, jungle” planet Paradisios was discovered by a descendant of department store founder R.H. Macy.

In addition to its impressive floral displays, created with supplies from Armstrong Gardens and rhododendron specializing Gomes Nursery, the show also features real space suits from NASA and avant-garde designs by students from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.

Complementing the free exhibit are food-, flower- and craft demonstrations and workshops as well as space exploration programs for kids sponsored by Chabot Space and Science Center.

After the show closes, its blooms go on sale at 9 a.m. April 8 at Pier 32 on the Embarcadero, to benefit Delancey Street Foundation.

IF YOU GO

Macy’s Flower Show

Where: Macy’s Union Square, 170 O’Farrell St., S.F.

When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays; closes April 7

Tickets: Free to view; some events require RSVP or tickets

Contact: (415) 397-3333, www.macys.com/flowershow

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