March 18, 2008

The Macy's flower show and book signing

UPDATE: Last night I had the pleasure of teaching Conan O'brien how to make some traditional Irish drinks (he was very fond of the drinking) and how to cook one of my Kirkland Signature hams with an Irish twist! I hope you were watching or have it recorded if you couldn't stay up late! Let me know what you thought.

This past Sunday, I had the honor of cutting the ribbon to officially open the 2008 Macy’s Flower Show.  After the ribbon cutting, I went up to the eighth floor and signed many, many copies of my new books, “Martha Stewart Wedding Cakes” and “Martha Stewart Cookies.” This happens to be the 34th annual Macy’s Flower Show and has been dubbed “A Wonder of the World.”  Each year the show is scheduled to run for the week before Easter and the week after and it is truly spectacular.  The main floor is filled with millions of plants having brilliant foliage and stunning blooms.  Robin Hall, the creative director at Macy’s explained that there are over thirty thousand different species of exotic trees and flowering plants from six continents.  He told me that the plants get watered each evening and pruned, if necessary.  After the first week, weary plants get swapped out for fresh ones.  They must also maintain cool temperatures in the store to extend plant life.  In addition to the show, Macy’s offers floral design seminars and other flower show events.  You can find out more by visiting  I just love flower shows and the one at Macy’s never disappoints. 

This is Macy's at Herald Square.  This enormous store encompasses an entire New York City block!


A very colorful entranceway.

Here I am arriving at Macy's with a small entourage.

The first floor of Macy's is brimming with plants and flowers - what lovely aromas!


This is a fantastic replica of the Bronx Botanical Garden meticulously constructed from a natural based resin.

This is the cactus garden.

The plants are so colorful and lush.

The new spring handbag collection is adorned by lovely spring blossoms Img_8779

Robin Hall, the creative director at Macy's is handing me the scissors to cut the gorgeous orchid "ribbon" donated by  1-800-FLOWERS

This is the "Bouquet of the Day" - an amazing floral creation by master designer Jorge Cazzorla of Celebrate Flowers. A new bouquet is brought in every couple of days. _o7j4709

This is a fabulous, highly detailed reproduction of the historic Macy's building, created from organic plant materials by renowned artist Paul Busse.

Here I am at the book signing.  Of course, there were plenty of paparazzi flashing their cameras! _o7j4661

I'm signing a copy of my new cookie book - I'm sure you will love baking from it!


This happy young lady is Alicia Phillips who came all the way from Kansas.  She was so thrilled to meet me and has been an avid fan for most of her life! _o7j4686

Here's some of my Macy's bath collection. _o7j4702

Macy's has done an extraordinary job in displaying my collection - they've really captured my style. _o7j4787

And here I am cooking away!