Just today, at approximately 8:26 a.m., as I was walking to work with a pounding allergy-induced headache, peering out skyway windows to a dreary, way-too-brisk outdoors, I became desperate for spring. Enough already! (Really, I was fine until that moment, thinking other Minnesotans were overreacting. We know winter is long here.)
Thankfully, this breaking point was quickly alleviated with a reminder that Macy’s Flower Show, just a block away, was still running—but ending soon! So it was time for a big whiff of sweet perfume, since the real thing won’t be here for awhile. Linder’s also has a flower show, beginning this weekend, so here are a few options to trick our senses and tide us over ’til the real deal:
Macy’s Flower Show, Gardens by Bachmans: Through April 7 | During store hours
The vibrant vibe and colors of south Asia are captured in this year’s gorgeous display. From hyacinths and tulips to daffodils, oh my! If you can’t make it to downtown Minneapolis, at minimum visit the flower show website. The colorful graphics alone feel like a tiny sensory gift. Macy’s: 8th floor atrium, 700 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
A Day of Inspiration – Linder’s Presents a Bring on Spring Event: April 6 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
TV host, author, and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith leads this full day of instruction, dining, and inspiration. Learn “How to Get More out of Your Garden Than a Backache” and about “The Elegant Shrub,” bookended by a breakfast and lunch, plus a signed copy of Smith’s new book. More details at Linders.com. Cost: $75. Seats limited; register online. Northwestern College: 3003 Snelling Avenue North, St. Paul
Como Zoo and Conservatory’s Spring Flower Show: Through April 28 | Opens at 10 a.m.
Think reds, blues, pinks, and every other color on the rainbow shown in flowers you know and many more you don’t. It’s a plethora of gorgeousness, with a focus on the Hydrangea Arizona this year, which can bloom red or magenta, depending on growing conditions. Learn more at comozooconservatory.org and watch a video about the show below.
Now come on spring! Really, we’re reeeaaady.