PlantTherapy: An Early Morning Trip to the Flower Market

PlantTherapy: An Early Morning Trip to the Flower Market

Maxwell Ryan
Oct 13, 2005

This past week, before I caught a cold, I decided to wake up early and visit the flower district before starting my work day (about 5:00, which is early for me). Emerging from the subway at Union Square I realized that it also was a Greenmarket day. The vendors had just begun their set-up for the eventual crowd. I strolled on towards 6th Avenue and then headed north on still-quiet streets until I reached the corner of 28th.

This is New York's gateway to the flower world. Every day the trucks unload their bounty and by noontime the majority is bought up and spirited away to all corners of the city.

U.S. Evergreen is one shop – one petal in a very concentrated blossom of activity that is focused on the intersection of 6th and 28th. Its job as a wholesaler is to act as a gateway from the source to all of the end locations; their ceaseless daily shipments infuse the city with the season's harvest, casting the ripples of autumn far and wide.

On this day, Autumn has arrived from the trucks in full-force, bundled in its concentrated form and ready to be disbursed across our city. What caught my eye were the varieties of cherry-like crabapples, willow, winterberries and celastrus being unloaded from trucks in large bundles. And buckets of frosty eucalyptus. Before my first Halls throat lozenge, eucalyptus in the humidifier was my hero.

A walk through 28th is great fun – just remember that most shops are closed by early afternoon. Most of us would not be able to make it on a normal day. But most shops are open on Saturdays until noon or 1:00. -Matt N.-

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