The Flower Show boasts a total of 12 gardens.

The elephant is adorned in the tradition of Indian royalty.

Vibrant colors and exotic flowers bring Southeast Asia to life in The Painted Garden.

A ten-foot elephant is the centerpiece at this year’s Macy’s Flower Show.

Macy's Flower Show Returns

—Elle Eichinger | March 25, 2013 | Homepage Latest The Latest

Right on cue with the start of spring, the Macy’s Flower Show debuted this past Sunday. For two weeks (through April 7), The Painted Garden—the theme of this year’s show—will occupy the ninth floor of the historic State Street department store.

The centerpiece of The Painted Garden is a spectacular, ten-foot elephant, adorned in the tradition of Indian royalty and blanketed with flowers. Its floral arrangements are part of just one of a dozen gardens filling the space, representing more than 200 species and 5,000 individual plants. From enormous trees to exotic yarrow and straw flowers, the Macy’s Flower Show brings the spirit and colors of Southeast Asia to life in Chicago.

Though the delightfully diverse flora is reason enough to visit, Macy’s also hosts events throughout the show’s two-week run. During the Bouquet of the Day presentations, local floral designers share tips and tricks—participants include Erin Foster and Kara O’Connor of A Stem Above, and Virginia Wolff from Virginia Wolff Design Studio. Cooking demos with renowned chefs like Stephanie Izard (March 28, 12 pm) take place in the lower-level culinary kitchen, and live musical performances delight visitors at the all-around spectacular. 111 N. State St., 312-781-1000

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