In the Pink is the theme of the annual Smith College Bulb Show. Every day from March 1 – 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. visitors can bask in the fragrance of pink hyacinths and spring as they wander through the greenhouse stuffed with thousands of bulbs: daffodils, tulips, scillas, and hyacinths as well as blushing azaleas, cyclamen and camellias. For me pink is the color of spring.
Pink is also an important fashion color. Currently the Museum of Fine Arts Boston is hosting a fabulous exhibit Think Pink! which features a number of gorgeous pink gowns and accessories from the personal collection of the late Evelyn H. Lauder who originated the Pink Ribbon campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer. Before that, however there was Think Pink, a musical production number in the Funny Face musical, sung by Kay Thompson as fashion editor Meggie Prescott and her assistants. “Banish black . . . Brown’s taboo . . . Think Pink! Others my remember Kay Thompson as the creator of the irrepressible Eloise at the Plaza.
I know this is all a complete digression from flowers and bulb shows, but in the mode of all things are interconnected, once I have mentioned fashion editors in movies, I must mention Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada. Her rant about the fashion business made an indelible impression on my husband who is now reconciled to the importance of fashion. Miranda’s speech ends with “However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and so it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of stuff.”
But, back to flowers. The Smith College Bulb show begins tonight (Friday) with a lecture by Holly Shimizu titled The Best of Flavor and Fragrance at 7:30 in the Carroll Room at the Campus Center, followed by a preview of the Bulb Show.
In addition, the Mount Holyoke Bulb Show at the Talcott Greenhouse will also open and run from March 1-16, every day from 10 am – 4 pm.