Kick off spring the right way with the season's must-see event

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Macy's Flower Show

When you think of spring, what's the first thing that comes to mind? Sunshine, rain and flowers, maybe? Well, what a better way to kick off the season than with tons and tons and tons of unique floral arrangements. Enter the Macy's Annual Flower Show.

The floral celebration is currently celebrating its 42nd year running in its New York City location -- a feat on it's own, and each time a theme is chosen. People are particularly excited for this year's theme: America The Beautiful.

See photos of some of the past Macys Flower Shows in the gallery below:

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Macy's Flower Show through the years
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Kick off spring the right way with the season's must-see event
SAN FRANCISCO - MARCH 18: Statues of ancient Chinese warriors are seen in a floral display at Macy's March 18, 2005 in San Francisco, California. Macy?s Union Square store is featuring its 59th Annual Flower Show, ?Gardens of the Dragon? from March 18 though April 2, with displays of different gardens, architecture, and history of the Chinese culture. 100 life-sized replicas of Chinese warriors will be on display amongst a forest-like setting, which includes the deep green and purple colors of grasses, gingko, bonsai, juniper and flax. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - MARCH 18: A floral display next to a pagoda is seen inside Macy's March 18, 2005 in San Francisco, California. Macy?s Union Square store is featuring its 59th Annual Flower Show, ?Gardens of the Dragon? from March 18 though April 2, with displays of different gardens, architecture, and history of the Chinese culture. 100 life-sized replicas of Chinese warriors will be on display amongst a forest-like setting, which includes the deep green and purple colors of grasses, gingko, bonsai, juniper and flax. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 1: Calvin the pig poses for photos against haystacks at the 33rd annual Macy's Flower Show on April 1, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 1: Kosher the pig poses for photos at the 33rd annual Macy's Flower Show on April 1, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 1: 1: A dog in costume poses for photos at the 33rd annual Macy's Flower Show on April 1, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 1: A general view inside Macy's at the 33rd annual Macy's Flower Show on April 1, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 28: A floral display created by Jeff Leathem is featured at the 36th Annual Macy's Flower Show>> at Macy's Herald Square on March 28, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 28: Macy's ground floor is adorned with flowers during the 36th Annual Macy's Flower Show at Macy's Herald Square on March 28, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 27: A general view of atmosphere at the 37th Annual Macy's Flower Show at Macy's Herald Square on March 27, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 27: A general view of atmosphere at the 37th Annual Macy's Flower Show at Macy's Herald Square on March 27, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 27: A general view of atmosphere at the 37th Annual Macy's Flower Show at Macy's Herald Square on March 27, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 25: Flowers inside the 38th annual Flower Show opening day at Macy's Herald Square on March 25, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 23: (L-R) Vice President at Macy's Parade Studio John Piper, Mike Gansmoe and Susan Tercero attend the 40th Annual Macy's Flower Show at Macy's Herald Square on March 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 23: People visit the 40th Annual Macys Flower Show at Macy's Department Store in Herald Square, New York City on March 23, 2014. The flower show starts with the theme The Secret Garden including more than 30,000 individual plants. (Photo by Bilgin Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 23: People visit the 40th Annual Macys Flower Show at Macy's Department Store in Herald Square, New York City on March 23, 2014. The flower show starts with the theme The Secret Garden including more than 30,000 individual plants. (Photo by Bilgin Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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The theme is meant to showcase each portion of the United States: from the Northeast's green forests to the Midwestern plains, to the desert of the Southwest -- you'll experience each corner of the country.

New York, Philadelphia, San Fransisco, Chicago and Minneapolis will get a look at the spectacular flower creations from March 20 - April 3.

We spoke with Mike Gansmoe, executive producer of this year's Macy's Flower Show, about what to expect. See the full interview below:

How did Macy's decide on the theme this year for the Flower Show?

M: In past shows, we have tended to look around the world for our theme. this year we decided to stay in our own backyards and celebrate the diverse and beautiful landscapes of America

What kind of efforts go into making something like this happen year after year?

It truly takes a village to put on our flower shows and the process take a full year. From the moment the theme has been chosen, the design teams start conceptualizing designs for the scenic elements for the gardens. Then our nursery partners design the floral and plant elements for each garden. The process of forcing the plants to bloom out of season is a long and complicating process, as well. And then the installation begins weeks before the show opens and our teams work overnight shifts for 2 weeks. Once the show is installed there is daily maintenance that occurs to keep it looking beautiful.

What do you hope people take away from the Flower Shows?

The flower shows across the country are our Macy's gift to the local communities. We want people to come to the store and enjoy the first taste of spring.

This has been a long standing tradition of Macy's, can you talk a little more about how this tradition began and what has kept it alive for so many years?

The tradition of the flower show began more than 65 years ago in our San Francisco store. Generations of customers have loved and enjoyed the show and that's why the tradition lives on. Macy's has always been a leader in bringing theatrical magic to our stores. And our teams are very proud of being a part of that tradition.

Anything else you'd like to add about the show that attendees should know?

We have 6 different Bouquet of the day artists rotating throughout the 2 week run of the show - each with a different and unique large scale bouquet design - so I recommend that people come back often for newness throughout the show! We also have many specialty gardens on various floors that are a must see. The Girl Scouts of the USA gardens are located on the mezzanine level. Royal Caribbean and Nespresso gardens are on the 8th floor. And Krazy Glue and Sinclair Oil have specialty gardens on the 7th floor. All of our specialty gardens are a lot of fun!

Be sure to check out the event in your city now. For dates and locations check here.

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