Spring has sprung at least in the Galleria. The Spring Is In The Air flower show plants color from ground up all the way to the rafters. Big, bright, beautiful blooms–all the hallmarks of a professionally-maintained Bachman’s installation are here. Contrasting colors, textures and shapes create show-stopper plant displays worthy of a second look and a picture or two. From the dangling orb of powder blue hydrangea petals to the air-born bicycle built for flowers, the Galleria gleams with floral freshness.
Floral scents permeate the shopping mall corridors end to end. Don’t forget to check out the displays downstairs by Barnes and Noble, and in the separate Westin building adjacent from Starbucks. The flower show runs through April 8. Hurry for a free preview of spring.
Call it Minnesota winter therapy, a necessity when winter grays din the outdoor landscape for too long. A parade of blooms melts away cabin fever. Elaborately fussy flower arrangements captivate the spirit in hopes of spring. During every point of our lives, flowers bring joy and comfort.
A Flower Show Tradition
It’s a tradition that goes back to the glory days of Dayton’s downtown Minneapolis department store. Minnesotan’s revered the Bachman’s floral show for decades.
Today, the custom rekindles at the Galleria. Friends and families gather. Photos are taken. Ladies lunch. For a few moments, we reconnect with a glimpse of nature and everything makes sense in the world. A spring flower break makes sense.
From Flowers To Food
A flower show, is a flower show, is a flower show–then everyone gets hungry. The Galleria has food options for fast casual bites and more leisurely fine dining.
• Barnes and Nobel Kitchen: A southern-influenced sophisticated menu has one of the most admired burgers in town. The salad transforms ordinary vegetables into meal stars steamed and arranged to dazzle the eye.
• Big Bowl: For more the 20 years running, this powerhouse of Asian fusion has delighted diners with noodles, rice and other Chinese-Thai mainstays. A special kids menu features small bites and games to keep table-trapped tikes busy.
• CōV Edina: New in November but already making waves with beautifully-prepared seafood and cocktails. Framed by bright windows and pulsed by a seaward vibe, the space is welcoming, especially during happy hour.
• CRAVE: The expansive menu has something for everyone, even sushi or brunch.
• Good Earth: This Galleria staple has amassed multi-generations of fans. Granola, smoothies, pancakes and other healthy standbys make eating healthy a pleasure.
• McCormick & Schmick’s: Seafood and steaks are the draw. Ask for a basket of San Francisco sourdough bread. A special high tea service is available for the flower show. Call for reservations.
• Peoples Organic: Good eating and good flavor meld into one. Even the filtered water has superior sensibilities and flavor.
• Pittsburg Blue: Yes, to steaks. Yes, to seafood. But save room for the housemade red velvet cake with ice cream. Your meal finale will be a true celebration and your entire table will share in the bounty.
• Starbucks: Because coffee break time never really ends. Save time for a refill.