7 Best International Spring Flower Festivals
Today is the start of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival! In honor of Epcot’s “unofficial” start to spring, check out these 7 places for blossoming spring flowers around the world:
Hanami – Japan Cherry Blossoms
The cherry blossom holds a very prominent position in Japanese culture. There are several varieties of cherry trees (Sakura) in Japan and most of them bloom for just a few days in spring. The Japanese celebrate the yearly flower viewing with a celebration called Hanami. Hanami is an over thousand-year tradition celebrated by people hosting parties and feasts under the blossoming trees. The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC began in 1912 with a gift of cherry blossom trees from the Mayor of Tokyo. The gift was given as a symbol of friendship and the continuing relationship between the two countries.
Keukenhof – Tulips of the Netherlands
The three most well-known tulip bulb growing areas are within half an hour of Amsterdam. Keukenhof is in Lisse and is the annual celebration of tulips. There are indoor and outdoor tulips that compromise over 7 million blooms. Tulips are well suited to growing in Holland due to the cool weather and soil drainage. From mid-March through many species of tulips bloom to form colorful fields as far as the eye can see. This sight is world famous and many people travel and take cruises just for the tulips!
Floriade – Canberra, Australia Annual Floral Display of Exotic Bulbs and Annuals
Since 1988, this annual celebration in Australia’s capital of flora has grown to include over one million blooms and 400,000 attendees. Canberra is the perfect backdrop and climate for the stunning display of flowers combined with workshops, cultural celebrations and much more. Don’t forget, this month long celebration is in Australia’s spring season, October!
Feria de las Flores – Festival of the Flowers in Medellin, Colombia
One of Medellin’s nicknames is “city of eternal spring” due to the moderate weather so their flower festival is in August. Started in 1957 as a way to showcase Colombia’s flower industry, it also helped establish Medellin’s reputation as a cultural capital. The premier event of the festival is the Silleteros Parade which wooden silletas (used by slaves to carry wealthy patrons) are now filled with flowers as a sign of prosperity.
Bedford Garden Festival – Bedford, South Africa
Bedford is home to many flowers and particularly several roses unique to the area. The festival attracts visitors from all over the world. Located on the Eastern Cape, the Kaga Mountain gives Bedford not only a picturesque view, but the temperate climate for growing flowers. This three-day festival includes the opening of many private homes and gardens. This adventure also takes place in October when it is spring in South Africa.
Chiang Mai Flower Festival – Chiang Mai, Thailand
Known as the “Rose of the North”, Chiang Mai is particularly beautiful in February when the gardens and flower beds bloom throughout the city. The festival is a tradition for the legendary Lanna Thai artisans to showcase their elaborate floral art installations. The highlight is a parade with extravagant floats, traditional tribe costumes and the girls vying for title of the Flower Festival Queen.
EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival – Disney World, Florida
The best way to kick off the spring season is by joining in on the fun at EPCOT. The internationally renowned and interactive fest is a delight of topiaries, opulent floral displays, gardening classes and seasonal cuisine. The Disney magic is on display and paired with the expertise of the gardening professionals. Of course, the exciting entertainment and the welcome addition of the Outdoor Kitchens add even more to the experience. Luckily, the fest lasts for 90 days so there is plenty of time to enjoy!
We hope to attend each and every one of these festivals. While that may not be possible this year, we will definitely participate in everything at the Flower and Garden Festival at EPCOT. Stay tuned for updates and hope to see you there!
Does your town have any spring festivals? Let us know in the comments!