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Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Although I didn’t see them, yesterday morning I heard the call of Canadian geese as they are making their way back north.  After a particularly cold winter with weeks of sub-zero temperatures, spring seems to finally be arriving, - ever so slowly.  We have already had days with temperatures in the mid to high 50’s, and a couple that have reached past 6O.  The massive snow banks are fast becoming history and the grass is showing hints of green.  Along with the geese, these are all certain signs of spring!

This lady, clothed in flowers, dominated the center of the garden. 

One of the most awaited spring events in Minneapolis is the annual Macy’s Flower Show.  The show began in March 1960 when the store was still our locally owned Dayton’s, and gave our premier Twin Cities floral shop, Bachman’s, an opportunity to showcase some the wonderful flowers that are available to brighten up our gardens.  Dayton’s later became Marshal Fields, and eventually was brought under the Macy’s banner.  While the store name may have changed, the Flower Show has remained a strong and constant tradition.

The lemon trees were a pleasant surprise.

The bamboo garden.

This year’s theme is “The Secret Garden,” and showcases beautifully laid out garden landscapes sure to please everyone.  This is the first year I attended the Flower Show, and I was very impressed with the size and quality of the exhibit.  Each of the displays were so realistic and life-like, and truly gave the illusion that we were enjoying an evening stroll through lovely summer gardens.

Waiting in line to enter the garden.

Over the years, the name of the store has changed, but the time honored Flower Show has remained a constant tradition.  The long lines – even on a weekday morning – to visit the exhibit, only proves what a popular event this is.  The Flower Show runs through this coming weekend, and if you are in Minneapolis, I would encourage you to check it out.  After coming through such a cold winter, the sight of bright, beautiful flowers warms our hearts, and leads us happily into the coming springtime.

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