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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
The Most Extraordinary Flower Gardens
Extraordinary Flower Gardens
Keukenhof, which literally translates to kitchen court garden, has
been around since 1949 and is the world’s largest and most impressive
flower parks. It is a taste of heaven for any tulip lover- with it’s 7
million Dutch bulbs that are planted annually; a real sight for soar
eyes. The Keukenhof is great for families; with childrens playgrounds
and spots for picnicking. Also of interest for this upcoming summer, the
Keukenhof will be commemorating 400 years of the historic relationship
between the United States and the Netherlands. A flower mosaic of the
Statue of Liberty will be made of 25, 000 flower bulbs- an event not to
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (Florida)
An enjoyable experience for any and all- The Epcot International
Flower and Garden Festival adorns your favorite Disney characters in
roses, tulips, daffodils and millions of blooming flowers with a
collection of specially themed topiaries, making for one of the most
visually astounding and charming sights to been seen.
International Festival of Gardens at Chaumont-sur-Loire (France)
A unique experience for any traveler- these 26 breathtaking gardens
designed by artists, landscape artists and botanists, chosen from all
around the world, swathe the Chaumont chateau, with some of the most
original and mind-blowing creations one could ever lay eyes on.
Balboa Park Flower Garden (San Diego)
Balboa Park was home to two of San Diego’s World Fairs (1915-1916,
1935). A legacy that continues on since those World Fairs, Balboa Park
pays tribute to gardens from around the globe. With over a dozen gardens
spread out over 1,200 acres, they envelop a multitude of museums and
performing arts centers.
Mah-Fah-Luang Gardens (Thailand)
Located in front of Doi Tung Palace, you can find some of the most
unique winter flowers and decorative plants to carry you away in your
Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (Australia)
Entering its 14th year, the Melbourne International Flower and Garden
Show has come to be regarded as the largest and most successful
horticultural event in the Southern Hemisphere. Ranked in the top 5
flower shows in the world, this spectacular flower show represents the
heart and soul of Australia, with some of the most impressive landscapes
created by Australia’s finest talent.
Luang Peony Festival (China)
One of the most remarkable sights for the much adored peony, no
Chinese city has been able to rival Luoyang in growing peonies, so much
that it has become a local obsession. Boasting 500, 000 peony shrubs,
‘the peony of Luoyang’ as the saying goes ‘is the most beautiful flower
under heaven’ and visitors to the festival can even enjoy a number of
variety shows and exhibitions of Chinese calligraphy and painting.
Seattle North West Flower & Garden Show (Washington)
As the largest gardening show on the West Coast, Seattle’s North West
Flower and Garden Show attracted over 85, 000 visitors just last year.
From the intimate to the lavish this show opens the door to a mecca of
flora and garden possibilities.
Singapore Garden Festival (Singapore)
With an astounding 300,000 visitors yearly for this eight-day event,
the festival features 18 show gardens and 14 flora displays by 35
designers in 17 countries. What sets this magnificent festival apart
from any other is that it is the only event in the world where people
have the chance to see and experience the garden and floral creations of
the world’s top award-winning designers under one roof.
Van Dusen Flower & Garden Show (Vancouver)
One the largest shows of its kind in all of North America, the Van
Dunsen Flower & Garden Show has imaginative gardens with themes such
as Eden, a Victorian Conservatory Fern Grotto and a Medieval Monastery
Herbarium. And if you get a little thirsty down the road you can even
quench it with some wine and beer, available throughout the gardens.