Lyndhurst Mansion Flower Show is Ideal Way to Greet the Spring
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What happens when a group of world class floral artists gets the freedom to transform a historic mansion just as spring arrives? Dear reader, it’s something to behold. Our photos prove it: a visit to the annual Lyndhurst Mansion flower show in the historic Hudson Valley just outside New York City is an ideal and wildly romantic way to greet the spring. It’s a micro-luxury of the best type – the kind of marvelous experience of which lovely memories are made. Here’s a sneak peek at what you’ll find by the banks of the Hudson River just north of New York in spring 2022.
Photos from Lyndhurst Mansion Flower Show 2022
What could be a better way to spend the first weekend of April than at a flower show in a gracious historic mansion? Of course, there’s the New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show – a perennial favorite.
But if you’re seeking something a little more intimate, with a dash of history and fantastic views of the Hudson River and the former Tappan Zee Bridge, head to Lyndhurst Mansion in Westchester County, New York for the annual flower show.
The property spans 67 acres on the banks of the river, and the entrance fee to the flower show also permits visitors to explore the grounds after the show.
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Miko is our go-to floral artist for occasions large and small. She is also one of the visionaries who first conceived of doing an annual flower show on the grounds of one of the historic mansions that line the Hudson River in suburban New York.
The other two co-founders of the show – Gerald Palumbo, co-founder of Seasons Floral Design Studio and Ned Kelly of Ned Kelly & Co., were both at this year’s event. All three of the co-founders are justifiably proud and happy with how the event has grown through the years.
an annual flower show in the historic Hudson Valley
Every year, a collective of florists from Greater New York convene and each is assigned one room in Lyndhurst Mansion to make into a floral wonderland. The floral designers agree to handcraft a display that highlights and harmonizes with the opulent interiors of the historic mansion.
The artists are not limited to those who work with fresh blooms. For example, this year’s show featured paper flowers, metal sculptures and textile art with botanical elements. Combine that with the whimsical and lush architecture and décor of the mansion, and you have the makings of something magical.
Here are some of our best photos from this year’s Lyndhurst Manor flower show – an ideal (and wildly romantic) adventure to usher in the spring season.
our best photos from the Lyndhurst Mansion Flower Show 2022
1. A grand entry foyer
Urns spilling over with flowering branches greet visitors as they arrive for the show.
A graceful arrangement pays homage to the oil painting that is in the permanent collection of Lyndhurst Manor.
2. The living room
Miko Akasaka of Seasons on the Hudson created a gorgeous tableau in the living room of the mansion this year. The statue of a young boy playing music is normally displayed on its own. Inspired by the fact that the figure was once part of a fountain, Akasaka surrounded the statue with a fountain of flowers. The large arrangement at the base of the statue appears to be one large bouquet. But it is actually eight separate arrangements.
Orange and yellow calla lilies and tiger lilies join with tulips, ferns, hydrangea and other blooms to light up the traditional room with a joyful burst of vitamin C.
3. Metal, paper and textiles
The adjacent rooms on the first floor of the mansion feature artists who craft lovely botanical and floral displays from manmade materials, inspired by nature.
Metal botanicals and flowers
Artist Alison Layton creates fanciful botanical metal sculptures at her studio in Brooklyn.
Her experience in floral design grants her access to some of the best growers and breeders in the country, and their greenhouses and gardens inspire her work in metalsmithing.
Paper botanicals and flowers
Sourabh Gupta is a New York-based designer and maker who studied at the Parsons School of Design.
His paper botanical sculptures have been featured in numerous design and fashion publications, and his work is available at Bergdorf Goodman or by commission.
Textile works incorporating elements of botanicals and blooms
One room in this year’s show is devoted to woven sculptures that incorporate or are inspired by trees, plants and other botanical elements. Fresh orchids also grace the room, complementing the grace of the manmade works.
4. a light in the window
The mansion’s second floor features rows of windows with diamond-shaped panes that turn out to be a perfect canvas for a still life of florals, moss and fruit.
5. message in a bottle
An “impossible bottle” is the phrase that has come to describe a bottle containing an object that does not appear to fit through the bottle’s mouth. A ship in a bottle is the most common of these. We were struck by one of the most memorable vignettes on the mansion’s second floor: this lovely green garden in a bottle, surrounded by flowers and foliage.
6. a “flower shower”
It would be hard to name just one arrangement as the “Best for Instagram.” But there’s something so inventive about this “shower of flowers” that we think it has the edge.
Imagine being told that your assignment was to turn a vintage bathroom into a floral wonderland. Mission accomplished!
7. the great hall
Colonial Village Flowers took on the challenge of the Great Hall, an imposing two-story area on the mansion’s second floor.
Proving to be more than up for the challenge, the florist filled a large banquet table with a profusion of arrangements. The color palette was gorgeous and unexpected.
We couldn’t take our eyes off the red lilies that added such dramatic flair to the arrangements.
8. bedroom bowers
Two of the bedrooms on the upper floor of the mansion feature stunning flower arrangements that appear to be straight out of a dream.
In one, blooms burst from a chest of drawers, trailing onto the floor like the train of a formal gown.
In another, florist Ned Kelly of the eponymous Ned Kelly & Co. has created a marvelous bower, where flowers serve as bedspread, carpet and window dressing. The lovely blooms are reflected in the vintage mirrors that grace the far sides of the room.
9. a floral feast
The grand finale of this year’s show is the stunning display in the dining room of the mansion. Bursts of yellow illuminate the space, which was used for the filming of the final episode of Season One of The Gilded Age on HBO Max.
The floral artist combines lemons, kumquats, Bosc pears and more produce with an array of yellow blooms and flowering branches. Including daffodils, lilies and freesia, with just a hint of lavender to add contrast and depth.
Its a fitting end for a marvelous show.
Of course, there’s a gift shop to visit on the way out. And in case anyone is wondering what the cool kids wear to a flower show, consider this your answer. We love these.
highlights and photos of the best of the Lyndhurst Mansion Flower show 2022
Those are some of our best photos of the highlights of the annual Lyndhurst mansion spring flower show in the historic Hudson Valley 2022. It’s an ideal, romantic way to greet the spring. We hope you’ll catch it while you can.
The Lyndhurst Mansion Flower Show runs April 2-3, 2022. Tickets are for general admission with timed entry, and range from $16-24.
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Pamela Thomas-Graham is the Founder & CEO of Dandelion Chandelier. A Detroit native, she has 3 Harvard degrees and has written 3 mystery novels published by Simon & Schuster. After serving as a senior corporate executive, CEO of CNBC and partner at McKinsey, she now serves on the boards of several tech companies. She loves fashion, Paris, New York, books, contemporary art, running, skiing, coffee, Corgis and violets.