Tulip festivals – British Columbia, Canada
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The communities of the Fraser Valley, east of Vancouver, have started up events such as Tulips of the Valley and Abbotsford Bloom Tulip Festival to celebrate the natural beauty of these flowers. They’re especially striking against the impressive mountains of the Cheam Range.
Chelsea Flower Show – London, England
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The Royal Horticultural Society has been hosting a flower show in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea for over a century. While the central exhibit is a floral marquee, the other gardens on display highlight current trends and are created by invited countries, well-known designers and associations.
Butchart Gardens – Brentwood Bay, Canada
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A floral show garden, Butchart was planted over 100 years ago in an abandoned quarry. Today, visitors can wander through six separate spaces, including the dramatic Sunken Garden and a sweetly scented Rose Garden.
The Flower Fields – Carlsbad, United States
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North of San Diego in Carlsbad, the Flower Fields are made up of some 20 hectares of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus every year. They bloom for six to eight weeks between March and May in a variety of bright hues, including pink, yellow, coral and red.
Floriade – Canberra, Australia
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This annual spring festival takes place over a month in Commonwealth Park, on the northern side of Lake Burley Griffin. It incorporates markets, art, performances and rides but the main attraction is the display of over one million flowering bulbs.
Shibazakura – Fuji Motosuko Resort, Japan
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Another annual flower festival, this one centres around moss phlox. Thousands of blooms, varying in colour from soft pink to bold magenta, are planted in a prime location beneath the dramatic shadow of Mount Fuji.
Dubai Miracle Garden – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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They don’t do things by halves in Dubai and this seasonal garden is no exception. It features over 100 million flowers shaped into unique multicoloured landscapes and sculptures – past creations have included a castle, enormous love hearts and a to-scale airplane.
Bollenstreek – The Netherlands
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The Netherlands is famous for the cultivation of tulips and every spring the Bulb Region (between Amsterdam and The Hague) becomes a riot of colour as flower farms burst into bloom.
Hanami – Japan
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Cherry blossom season is a celebrated tradition across all of Japan. Key viewing locations include the Himeji, Nagoya and Kumamoto castles, as well as Ueno Park and Shinjuku Gyoen garden, right in the heart of Tokyo.
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – Surrey, England
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Each year, the Royal Horticultural Society presents several new and creative gardens on the grounds of Hampton Court Palace. The palace also has vast parklands, wilderness and gardens; during spring, over a million flowering bulbs come to life.
Hitachi Seaside Park – Hitachinaka, Japan
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This park by the ocean covers 350 hectares and has a seasonal flower calendar so guests can enjoy different blooms throughout the year, including Baby Blue Eyes and poppies in spring and cosmoses in autumn.
Keukenhof – Lisse, The Netherlands
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One of the largest flower gardens in the world, Keukenhof is open during April and May. Throughout the 32 hectares filled with over seven millions flower bulbs, you’ll find the country’s signature tulips, plus lilies, daffodils and hyacinths.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew – London, England
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This exotic botanical garden was established in 1840 and is home to over 30,000 diverse plants. As well as the famous Victorian-style tropical glasshouse, the magnificent herbaceous double border of the Great Broad Walk is particularly stunning in spring. Image credit: Angus Kirk (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Furano – Hokkaido, Japan
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This area in the centre of Hokkaido is a popular tourist destination in the summer months for its lavender and other gorgeous flowers, including poppies and sunflowers, blooming against a backdrop of nearby Mount Tokachi.
Ben Binh Dong floating flower markets – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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This floating market is only active for about a week, just before the annual Tet celebration, which marks the arrival of spring. Locals buy flowers and trees from boats along the wharf to decorate their home, with large cumquat and budding apricot trees some of the most sought-after specimens.
Canola fields – Luoping County, China
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The surrounding mountain scenery offsets the bright, golden fields of canola in this county in Yunnan. Visitors can snap spectacular photos throughout the spring.
Flower Carpet – Brussels, Belgium
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Every two years, over 600,000 begonias (grown in neighbouring Ghent) are assembled into the Flower Carpet. This themed design takes over the Grand Place, the historic square bordered by the city’s magnificent Town Hall and the Maison du Roi.
Lavender fields – Provence, France
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The fields of Provence take on a dramatic purple hue in the height of summer, when the lavender fields are at their peak. The Valensole Plateau draws many visitors, as does the central area of the Vaucluse department, including the medieval Sénanque Abbey.
Queen Elizabeth II flower markets – Paris, France
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This daily marché aux fleurs, set within the iron-framed pavilions on the tree-lined Place Louis Lépine on the Île de la Cité, was established in the early 19th century and sells cut flowers and flowering plants. On Sundays, it hosts a bird market.
Sunflower fields – Tuscany, Italy
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From Maremma in the region’s south to Val d’Orcia in the east and Mugello in the north, Tuscany’s rotating sunflower crops grow in different fields every year. They’re easy to spot in July when the giant yellow flowers are at their best.
Columbia Road Flower Market – London, England
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This Sunday market transforms Columbia Road into a bustling thoroughfare of stalls selling all sorts of plants, bulbs and fancy flowers from around the world, complemented by antique and vintage shops, cafés and galleries.
Claude Monet’s Garden – Giverny, France
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Make the pilgrimage to the property impressionist Claude Monet called home for over 40 years and you’ll find that both the flower and water gardens captured in his paintings have retained all of their charm.
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