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Got some green thumbs in the family? Love to getaway to wide open spaces and appreciate nature? What would you choose.. To be immersed in a sea of colour in the famous Dutch tulip fields, learn about plant species in beautiful botanical gardens, or attend an obscure Italian flower festival?
Lisse, the Netherlands
Over seven million tulips and other flora fill the beautifully-sculpted flowerbeds at the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse. Winding around the trees, immaculate, lime green lawns, and water, these resplendent flowers will stop you in your tracks and nearby you’ll find the Dutch tulip fields; row upon row of vivid colours stretching right into the horizon. The Keukenhof gardens are open from late March until mid May and the tulip fields are best viewed mid-April (depending on the weather) when they’re usually in full bloom.
Though the lavender fields in Furano may not be too different from those in Provence, it’s the setting that makes them special. Mount Tokachi forms an impressive backdrop and the atmosphere when they’re blooming in July is wonderfully celebratory. Visit a local farm to enjoy a seemingly endless expanse of lavender, as well as poppies, lilies, and sunflowers, and taste some of the freshly-made lavender ice cream.
Boquete and its exuberant tropical surroundings are worth visiting year-round but the town’s annual flower festival, is in mid January each year, it is the best time for fans of flora. On the banks of the Boquete River, expert gardeners put on an incredible display of thousands of assorted flowers. A highlight is the showcase by the local orchid society; a colourful collection of one of the world’s most treasured exotic plants.
The ancient Italian town of Spello is a garden in itself. Flower pots and vines cover almost all of the buildings’ rose-coloured stone walls and weathered wood shutters and doors. But Spello’s 'Inforiate', an ancient ceremony still taking place on 18th June every year, is the real attraction. On this day, the streets of the town are covered with floral mosaics, created as part of a competition and following all kinds of themes. The petals of daisies, chrysanthemums, roses, and all other types of flower are laid out masterfully, intricately, and to spectacular effect.
Giverny was home to Claude Monet for much of his life and his former home and garden, instantly recognisable from his water lily series, are now open to the public. It’s not hard to see how it inspired some of his most lauded work, since the garden feels like a surreal art installation. Almost every inch of ground is covered with a dizzying array of flora – nasturtiums, tulips, irises, peonies – separated by water-lily ponds, the wisteria-lad bridge, and huge weeping willows. Open from March until November
Named from the words Holland America Brazil, Holambra is a former Dutch colony in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Staying true to its Dutch heritage, today Halambra is best known as the largest producer of flowers and ornamental plants in Latin American and hosts the largest spring event in South American, the Expoflora, which is considered one of the greatest showcases of the national floriculture novelties.
The city of thousands of flowers, Dalat is home to various flower parks, farms and festivals, each decorating the city with colourful blooms and rich green landscaping. Spend your days exploring this former French colony and wandering the grounds, taking in fragrant lilies, chrysanthemums and diverse orchids that this city is famous for.
Article courtesy of Booking.com’s global travellers who voted the above destinations as some of the very best when it comes to admiring spring flowers.
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