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Flower Arrangements Are Popping Up Around NYC to Honor Healthcare Workers

by Eben Diskin May 27, 2020

The fight against the novel coronavirus has not stopped in New York City, and neither has the public’s support and gratitude for front-line workers. Case in point: Flower designer Lewis Miller has been creating huge flower arrangements around NYC to honor the healthcare workers who are risking their lives every day. Each installation is called a “flower flash,” a collection of roses, lilies, cherry blossoms, and more.

These flower flashes are displayed in various ways — any spot will do, whether it’s a sidewalk or a signpost. Miller has even used trash cans as vases for huge bouquets, including one dedicated to healthcare workers that are also mothers, which he set up on Mother’s Day.

Another flower flash appeared outside New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where blooms were wrapped around a lamppost and decorated the ground next to it.

Although the gesture was undoubtedly appreciated by healthcare workers, the hospital asked Miller to remove the flowers, as he did not ask permission to set it up. Miller’s team gathered the flowers into bud vases and loose bouquets, and handed them out to nurses and doctors as they passed by.

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