Spring is right around the corner. That’s what Katie Leonard said Sunday as she wandered through New York in Bloom, inspecting more than 100 floral displays created by local garden club members, professional designers and floral enthusiasts.
After experiencing almost 40 treacherous winters in the Northeast, the Albany woman said she looks forward to the exhibit in the State Museum each year.
“This year has been historically cold, it seems like every day it’s been zero degrees every day,” she said, while pointing at a floral display by Renaissance Floral Design. “These flowers and the arrangements just make you want to sit in Washington Park on a nice spring day.”
Admission into the 24th annual edition of the exhibit was $5, with all proceeds going to the museum’s education program, including an after-school program for students in Albany public schools that aims to give underprivileged youths an opportunity to learn about art.
“This really helps us fund a lot of the things we offer,” the museum’s education director, Kathryn Weller, said.
Over the years, Weller said the exhibit has become a must-see event that offers people from around the state a reprieve from the cold and gives them a glimpse of spring.
“For a lot of people it is the highlight of winter because they look forward to the spring and getting out the winter,” she said.
New York in Bloom ran from Friday morning through Sunday evening.
Joyce Fricano of Menands marveled at the beauty and freshness of the displays, saying the flowers smell like they were “picked just hours ago.”
“They are really amazing,” she said, adding that it was her first time visiting the exhibit. “The displays are set up in such a nice way and they go with the artwork so well.”
Fricano added she enjoyed the displays in the Adirondack Wilderness section of the museum, saying the bushes and flowers made her feel like she was climbing a mountain.
“These displays go with the theme of the section so well and it seems like you would actually find these flowers in the Adirondacks,” she said.
Jonathan King of Niskayuna expressed a similar sentiment, saying he felt the arrangements were in tune with the artwork.
“As you jump from section to section and the art changes the types of flowers, the colors and the mood changes,” he said. “I haven’t ever heard of another museum using flowers in that way but, it’s really interesting. And it smells really good.”