As dreary winter days begin to become a faint memory, it is not very long until small buds begin to emerge from slumber and dazzle the landscape with a blast of colors and scents. As there are seasonal differences across the globe, when blossoms begin to open, there is a vast diversity of flora that can be seen at various times.
Springtime is inherently connected with blossoms, and there are many terrific places to visit to see new flowers bloom, some perhaps a day trip away or even in your own backyard.
Here are 10 great places to see spring blossoms:
1. Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington D.C.
Come late February/early March the crocus begin to awaken and not soon afterward come the cherry blossoms. The U.S. Capital is famed for their blossoms and celebrate with an annual festival that commemorates a gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Japan to the U.S. which was given in 1912.
Every year Washington D.C. hosts two-week long Cherry Blossom Festival to celebrate the Japan-U.S. relationship which usually runs from the end of March through mid-April. Both tourists and locals alike bask in the beauty of the pink and white cherry blossoms that scatter the landscape. The National Mall is the center of the festivities with many free events are ongoing, including dancing, a parade and fireworks. A camera is a must for this event.
2. Philadelphia International Flower Show, Pennsylvania
It is not uncommon in the Northeast for winters to be cold, blustery and covered in snow. However, in Philadelphia, PA, visitors to the annual International Flower show can see beautiful flora even if Jack Frost decides to stretch his visit a bit longer. The show, which takes place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, takes on a theme and displays marvels of blossoms. Dubbed “the world’s largest indoor display of flowers” by the Independent Traveler, the show’s 2011 theme is “Springtime in Paris”. Visitors can expect to see arrangements and gardens that are bound to dazzle the senses.
3. Chicago Botanic Garden, Illinois
The midwest also has its share of beautiful shoots and clusters splashed with color. The center’s garden, which is 385 acres, including nine islands surrounded by lakes. The Botanic Garden boasts 24 display gardens and four natural areas
The center states on their website they have 2.4 million plants that represent 9,084 different kinds of plants. If a diversity of blossoms is what you’re aiming to see, Chicago may be the city for you. To see what’s in bloom at any given timeframe, you can visit the garden’s calendar of events. In addition to blooms, visitors often get the opportunity to enjoy art shows.
4. Matsue Jozan Koen Park, Japan
Matsue Jozan Koen Park is located in Tonomachi Matsue-city, Shimane and surrounds the Matsue Castle. Annual festivals showcasing the camelia and cherry blossom illuminates the beauty of these flora. The camelias bloom first, and the annual blooms of cherry trees in Japan aligns in the same timeframe as Washington D.C., late March/early April.
5. Keukenhof Gardens, The Netherlands
Holland is renowned for its tulips, and springtime in The Netherlands blooming in color is a sight to take in. The The Keukenhof Gardens, located near Amsterdam in a former hunting area, boasts flora that almost appears to be a mirage, another wonderful photo opportunity to capture the wondrous shoots. The spectacular displays at Keukenhof are open to the public late March and draws visitors from all over the world to come and marvel at the magnificent presence of the spring blooms.
6. Dallas, Texas
Daffodils in Texas begin to awaken in March and the city of Dallas marks this event with the Daffodil Days Festival. Packed with family fun to accompany the spring blooms, visitors to the festival can enjoy free dancing, music, games, prizes and more at the annual celebration. The festival is a family event which occurs in early March. 2011 is the event’s 17th year.
7. Yellowstone National Park, U.S.
The Yellowstone National Park encompasses a wide acreage spanning Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Peak flora views are in June and July, however the natural beauty residing in this region of the U.S. can be seen from May through August. The The Independent Traveler describes the scenery as “carpets of wild irises, shooting stars, yellow violets, ladies’ tresses and countless other wildflower species.”
For those that enjoy the great outdoors and want to experience the beauty of blossoms in an open setting, Yellowstone National Park may be the perfect picturesque setting. Visitors have the opportunity to explore flowers in their natural element.
8. Canadian Tulip Festival, Ottawa, Canada
The Canadian Tulip Festival has been running for over 50 years, and according to the festival’s website celebrates “the local heritage of Canada’s role in freeing the Dutch during World War II, and the symbolic tulip; a gift in perpetuity to the Canadian people for providing a safe harbour to the Dutch Royal Family at that time”. The tulip is designated as a symbol of international friendship and is celebrated each May for the two weeklong festival. Visitors can stand in awe of the marvelous beds of tulips showcased and enjoy the many additional festivities planned to celebrate international diversity.
9. Boscobel Estate, New York
The Hudson River Valley holds some breathtaking views all year round, but some areas in the spring really boast beautiful views. The Boscobel Estate in Garrison, which sets on a beautiful location overlooking the Hudson River, showcases a stunning garden. Visitors can tour both the house and the gardens. The lovely spring and summer blooms are generally in full force by June, and are splashing with color.
10. Missouri Botanical Garden Orchid Show, Missouri
Another event in the midwest takes place in Missouri. Every year the Missouri Botanical Garden hosts a show that celebrates the beauty of the orchid and is designed to astonish. Each year holds a different theme and in 2011 is the Mayan culture that CNN describes as paying homage to the Long Count Calendar. To get a taste of last year’s show, a video can be viewed at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s website.
Across the globe there is a lot of diversity and, in the spring, the beauty of flora can be seen throughout many regions across the world, laced with beauty and scent. These are just a few of the top places to see, however if travel is not an option, chances are there are many beautiful places to view right in your own locale.