Every year those of us who live in the North look forward to the first signs of spring! The sounds of birds chirping is music to our ears. Rays of sunshine that have broken free of the clouds warm us with hope and renewal. Patches of green grass and buds on trees reaffirm that new life is about to take shape. And there is nothing prettier this time of year than beautiful flowers in all shades of the rainbow as far as the eye can see!
Across the country nurseries and botanical gardens celebrate the arrival of spring with flower shows that delight your senses with flowers of all varieties and in every color imaginable. Let’s take a look at some of the upcoming flower shows where you can enjoy every bloomin’ thing and see the best of spring!
TULIP TIME, HOLLAND, MI
One of the most well-known flower extravaganzas is Michigan’s annual Tulip Time Festival
in Holland. Located along the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa, the city of Holland comes alive every year in May to celebrate the rich Dutch heritage and culture of its founders. Tulip Time visitors will be treated to nearly 5 million stunning tulips that line the city streets and fill city parks. Spread out over a 7-mile radius, the festival includes nearly 1,000 costumed Dutch dancers that perform daily in the city streets, multiple parades, Tulip City Trolley tours, a carnival, organized runs and health expos, an arts & crafts fair, and so much more. The festival runs from May 6-14 this year and the tulips are on track for a typical bloom time!
Named one of the “Southwest’s Best Botanical Gardens,” visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
for springtime show called Dallas Blooms! From February 25-April 9 Dallas Blooms is awash in beautiful springtime colors with blooming tulips, daffodils, Dutch Iris, hyacinths, pansies, violas, poppies, and thousands of other perennial and annual flowers. The show culminates with a mass flowering of 3,000 azaleas! Each weekend during the exhibit will feature a different swinging 60s theme, so get out your tie-dye shirts and peace sign tattoos and head over to this “Peace, Love, and Flower Power” exhibit.
NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN ORCHID SHOW
For 15 years, the New York Botanical Garden
has been celebrating the beauty of the orchid, and this year it pays homage to the rich cultural history of Thailand. Home to more than 1,200 native orchid species, Thailand is the leading exporter of tropical orchids in the world and this year’s show celebrates that. During the day you will enjoy traditional Thai dance performances, films, tours, orchid care demonstrations, and Q&As. At night you can experience the popular Orchid Evenings that features music, dance routines by the renowned Somapa Thai Dance Company, and even a specialty cocktail created exclusively for Orchid Evenings called the Dancing Lady. This is truly a New York experience you won’t want to miss!
NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL, WASHINGTON, D.C.
Perhaps our country’s most spectacular springtime celebration, the National Cherry Blossom Festival
in Washington, D.C., will take place this year from March 15-April 16, with peak bloom time being around March 19-22. Over 3,700 cherry blossom trees celebrate the lasting friendship between the U.S. and Japan and the original gift of 3,000 cherry trees in 1912 from the mayor of Tokyo to the city of Washington, D.C. You can view the trees in three different National Park Service locations: around the Tidal Basin, in East Potomac Park, and on the grounds of the Washington Monument. In addition to touring the cherry blossom trees, make sure you catch some of the Festival activities. There are over 150 daily cultural performances, the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival, a Family Day, sports competitions, and so much more. These events take place throughout the District and its suburbs
Head down south to Atlanta from February through April for a colorful display of gorgeous flowers at the Atlanta Botanical Garden
. Orchids are on display starting in February and going into early April. The annual Orchid Daze exhibit celebrates these delicate blooms inside the tropical warmth of the largest orchid center in the U.S. Stroll along the brick-paved walkways and enjoy 1,000s of orchids planted among lush greenery! If you visit during March and April, you can feast your eyes on a cheery display of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocus, and other perennial bulbs during their Atlanta Blooms exhibit. While it’s dependent on Mother Nature, this exhibit is scheduled to last for several weeks.
MAINE FLOWER SHOW
Head to the northeast for Maine’s first ever flower show! From March 29th
, Thompson’s Point in Portland will be home to the Maine Flower Show
organized by the Maine Landscape and Nursery Foundation. It will feature 16 display gardens designed by masters in landscape and floral design and 100 exhibits of plants, hardscape, arbor and garden supplies, and everything relative to outdoor landscaping. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Premier Night on March 29th
will benefit the Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine. Help fight hunger by attending this worthwhile exhibit and everybody wins!
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the coming of spring than by hitching up an RV and heading out to one of the many festivals or exhibits across the country that celebrates the beauty of blooms! Enjoy the warm sunshine and the open roads now that winter is behind us and start planning that RV getaway to celebrate the coming of spring! If your travel trailer or fifth wheel RV needs some spring maintenance after sitting all winter, bring it to us here at Hamilton’s in Saginaw, MI, and we’ll get it tuned up and ready to roll in no time. Don’t have an RV? Shop our amazing selection of motorized and towable RVs, all priced well below our competitors! You’ll save $1000s on a Hamilton’s RV, and our special no-money-down financing
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