Oct. 9, 2020 By Michael Dorgan
If you are looking for something to brighten your mood, look no further than the Queens Farm Museum.
The farm museum has teamed up with a local production company to bring a colorful new exhibit to its outdoor winter program.
The Floral Escape, a company that specializes in creating pop-up floral productions, has put together a series of flower-inspired art installations at the 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy venue in order to lift community spirits.
The new production, called The Fall Escape, opened on Oct. 2 and features 11 large floral installations that include a giant latte, an eight-foot-wide butterfly, a hedge-made elephant and an enchanted forest tunnel.
All of the flowers used in the production are made from silk and their colors represent the fall season, according to Laila Ahmed, co-owner of The Floral Escape.
“The flowers are made to look real and play to people’s senses,” Ahmed said.
Ahmed said that a crew of up to 35 people – made of up of florists, carpenters and other assistants – put the installation together on site which took about a week to complete.
For example, the body of the 11-foot tall latte is made from wood wrapped in vinyl and then topped with roses, hydrangeas and eucalyptus to represent the flavor toppings.
“It was a full production and we wanted to lift people’s spirits and share our joy of flowers,” Ahmed, who has been a florist for 12 years, said.
“Flowers and bright colors make people feel happy and we want people to take pictures in front of the installations and create memories,” she said.
Other floral attractions include a bright red rose barnyard, a “cornfession chair” engulfed in blooms and a selfie station arced in the colors of the rainbow.
“It’s an immersive experience,” Ahmed added.
Ahmed said that The Fall Escape can be enjoyed alongside the Queens Farm’s fall program which includes pumpkin picking, a massive outdoor corn maze as well as its harvest weekends where patrons can purchase and consume some of the farms produce.
All attendees are required to wear masks when unable to maintain a social distance of six feet and there are several sanitizing stations located throughout the farm, organizers said.
The Fall Escape is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday to Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and runs through Nov. 29.
Tickets cost $20 each for adults, $14 each for children aged 2 to 10 years of age and kids under 2 years of age are free.
Tickets can be purchased on The Fall Escape website by clicking here.