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Annual Macy’s Flower Show highlights America’s beauty

Posted at 4:57 PM, Mar 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-20 16:57:24-04

MIDTOWN, Manhattan — Fashion sense is not the only thing growing at Macy's Herald Square.

For the next 15 days, visitors will be surrounded by patriotic perennials at the iconic flagship store, thanks to the 42nd annual flower show that kicked off today. It's theme: "America the Beautiful."

"It takes a year and about 100 people working on it from concept to final execution," said Mike Gansmoe, the executive producer of the show.

Hundreds of thousands of plants and different species make up the exhibit featuring gardens styled after different landscapes and uses fabulous flora indigenous to each region.

"For the iconic garden, we replicated the Statue of Liberty torch and that alone took 9,000 blooms," he said.

Above Shiseido and Tom Ford? A  vast southwest theme of cacti and plants almost touch the ceiling.

Right next to Dolce and Gabbana, a fiery display of florals.

Shoppers and tourists from all over the country taking a break from the winter-like temperatures outside to enjoy spring flourishing on the inside.

More than 500,000 visitors are expected to experience the flower show at Macy's. It's free to the public and open through April 3rd.