If you adore flowers, then get ready to smile because these flower festivals are absolutely blooming with joy. The best part? Horticulture consultant Angie Thomas says flower festivals are not exclusive to people who have green thumbs.
"In the past five years, I have noticed a visible rise in the variety of people attending flower festivals," Thomas says. "Expanded programs are mixing flowers with food, wine, music, comedy, art, and cultural experiences." Scroll below to check out some of the best flower festivals around the world.
1. Wisteria Flower Tunnel, Japan
Japan is known for its magical cherry blossom season, which begins in March, but if you can hold off on going there until late April, you'll be graced with another stunning sight.
The Wisteria Flower Tunnel is located in the Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu, which is on the opposite side of Japan from Tokyo. It's a private garden, so there is an entry fee — but who wouldn't pay to see this in real life?
2. Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
It comprises three gardens, with the most flower-filled one being the aptly-named Flower Dome. It's the largest glass greenhouse in the world at 1.2 hectares (a little bigger than two soccer fields) and features plants from the Mediterranean and semi-arid regions. Step inside where's it's forever spring, and be mesmerized by the changing displays.
3. Floriade, Canberra, Australia
Every year, flower-obsessed folks around Australia make their way to the nation's capital to witness the magic that is Floriade. More than one million bulbs and annuals are planted on the grounds of Commonwealth Park, which takes 20 gardeners seven weeks to do. These plants are lovingly tended to for months in the lead-up. Come spring, the whole park erupts in an explosion of color. The free event attracts almost half a million visitors.
4. The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Festival, Victoria, Australia
Now in its 22nd year, this annual garden show plays host to some of the most creative landscapers in Australia. It also offers plenty of flowers, showcased in every imaginable way.
In the Great Hall of Flowers, you'll find designs from Australia's leading florists, as well as a floral and foliage fashion exhibit and grower's market, where you can pick up a floral souvenir direct from the source. The show typically runs between March and April.
5. Chelsea Flower Show, London, United Kingdom
Considering the guest list includes the likes of Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton, and Prince Charles, it's fair to say that the Chelsea Flower Show is the crème de la crème of garden shows. For five days, you can delight in a world-renowned landscape design as well as floral highlights inside The Great Pavilion, a nursery full of rare flowers and plants from around the world, showcased throughout the 100 exhibits.
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6. Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands
No trip to Holland is complete without a tip-toe through the tulips and daffodils at the iconic Keukenhof Gardens. More than seven million blooms line the fields (which cover 32 hectares) from late March until late May. There are also a number of flower shows happening throughout this season, each highlighting the beauty of a different bloom.
7. Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, Australia
Since its inception in 1949, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has been an iconic Queensland event. Held over 10 days in September, the program includes a street parade, a night garden with immersive light installations, a three-day food and wine festival, and the opportunity to visit some spectacular private and public local gardens. There's even a scented garden specifically designed for people who are visually impaired.
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8. Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival Cowra, Australia
Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival (which is in the town of Cowra) is a celebration of spring and Japanese culture. Held at the Cowra Japanese Garden, the one-day event at the end of September happens when the cherry blossoms are at their peak, and also includes cultural activities like tai chi, tea ceremonies, martial arts, and Taiko drummers. In addition to cherry blossoms, there are bonsai demonstrations in the Bonsai House.
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