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Bloom Town

The dull gray of winter has finally melted away to reveal the vibrant colors of spring’s botanical beauty as Earth Day approaches on April 22. Whether in lush gardens or elegant indoor arrangements, spring in the city is blossoming.

Colorful blossoms abound at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden’s Cherry Esplanade.

1. New York Botanical Gardens
With 250 acres of lush landscape this National Historic Landmark is the premier location to observe hundreds of species of native and exotic flowers. Take guided tours through the various gardens or attend the various festivals and family activities scheduled for the spring season. After strolling the grounds, visit the Ross Gallery’s latest exhibit, Weird Wild, & Wonderful, which features 46 captivating paintings and illustrations of beautiful and bizarre botanical specimens. New York Botanical Gardens, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, 718.817.8799

2. Brooklyn Botanical Garden
Adopting the Japanese tradition of hanami, or cherry blossom viewing, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden welcomes in spring with the bloom of their renowned collection of cherry trees. Visit the garden on April 26 and 27 to celebrate the 33rd annual Sakura Matsuri, or Cherry Blossom Festival, popularly considered NYC’s rite of spring, and experience the best in traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. Brooklyn Botanical Garden, 1000 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, 718.623.7200

3. Trellis Fine Florals
Whether you prefer the minimalism of a single, delicate orchid, or the fullness of fresh cascading blossoms, the expertly crafted arrangements at Trellis Fine Florals bring the beauty of nature indoors. Trellis, 51 W. 28th Street; 844.873.5547

4. Design by Anthony Ortiz
This is not your average flower shop. With custom floral designs ranging from one-of-a-kind terrariums to elegant wedding arrangements, Anthony and his team are creating pieces worthy of the term “organic art.” 957 Park Ave., 212.396.2782

5. Little Flower School
Grow a green thumb and try your hand at floral design with a class at the Little Flower School. Spend the day learning the ins and outs of floral design using the finest seasonal flowers while enjoying light refreshments and good company. Various Locations