Macy’s celebrates 65 years of flower power

Spring is here, and Macy’s Annual Flower Show can’t be far behind. The oldest of Macy’s Flower Shows, at the Union Square store, celebrates its 65th anniversary with a two-week extravaganza that begins Sunday. The theme, Tower of Flowers, elevates blooms to a whole new level.

“Macy’s Flower Show will transform the Union Square store into an exquisite landscape of soft colors punctuated with a series of jaw-dropping towers that promises to take the audience to new heights,” said Robin Hall, the event’s executive producer.

Last week, workers were busy trucking in yards of soil and arranging thousands of buds, blossoms, boughs, bamboo, trees, topiaries, succulents and other flora in a spectrum of fresh hues and gravity-defying arrangements.

True to tradition, Macy’s planted surprises throughout the store. On the main level, the Whimsical Topiary Garden pops up like candy in sorbet colors — chartreuse, melon, hot pink and magenta — as spiral topiaries rise above beds of green foliage amid a new spring plant, princettia, a cousin of poinsettia.

At the Geary Street entrance, a Japanese Zen garden adds tranquility, with gem-toned plants such as lilac, amethyst and jade. Inside, a Good Luck Garden Gate is festooned with florets of rhododendrons, azaleas and orchids framed by bamboo and Japanese maple.

The Enchanted Garden of Towers creates a study in contrasts, pitting cascades of blowzy flowers against vertical walls of luminescent succulents.

Meanwhile, rooftop gardens feature agave, anthurium and guzmania in sunset colors, and tropical rainforests feature aechmea, bromeliads and bamboo.

New this year are Bouquets of the Day, created by floral artists including Michael Daigian — designer for “Patch Adams” and “What Dreams May Come” — as well arrangements by Paul Robertson, Laura Little, Robert Fountain and others.

Public sessions and classes covering topics including floral tablescapes, cooking with honey and spring cupcake-making are also scheduled.


Macy’s Flower Show

Where: Macy’s Union Square, 170 O’Farrell St., San Francisco
When: Opens today; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays; closes April 9
Tickets: Free
Contact: (415) 397-3333,

Select events
2 p.m. Sunday: Meet John Gidding, host of HGTV’s “Curb Appeal: The Block”; tabletop department, level 6 Noon Tuesday: Meet the cast of “Rock of Ages”; men’s store, level 1
6 p.m. Thursday: Mondo Guerra, “Project Runway” runner-up, judges a contest in which participants put together a head-to-toe look; Impulse department, level 3
6 to 8 p.m. Friday: Out magazine fashion party for ages 21 and older, with special guest Yigit Pura, winner of “Top Chef Just Desserts”; to RSVP, call (800) 786-8665; men’s store, level 3
2 p.m. Saturday: Easter bonnet-making session for little ones; kids’ department, level 5
2 p.m. April 7: Floral designer Michael Daigian demonstrates his work; tabletop department, level 6
1 p.m. April 9: A “Mom and Me” presentation features local mother-and-daughter duos modeling new looks for women and girls; dresses, level 4

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