A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.Zen Shin
Fall foliage usually gets all the hype, but I’m about to change that for you. With the lockdowns in place for almost a year now I feel like spring is a chance to really kickstart our brains into getting back outdoors and enjoying the beautiful colors we’ve had covered up by snow all winter.
All of these destinations aren’t small gardens but a sea of flowers. Go big or go home, right? Hopefully this pop of color will keep you looking forward to spring, warmer temperatures, and MAYBE the chance to travel again. Fingers crossed. Without further ado, I give you some of the top designations to see spectacular spring flowers.
Mt. Fuji, Japan
Japan might be most well known for their cherry blossoms, but their fields of hot pink, light pink, and white Shibazakura flowers will have you forgetting all about them. You can walk through paths strewn about the fields with the gigantic Mt. Fuji looming over the technicolor landscape. If you like flowers and bright colors, you need to see this at least once.
Known for their insect-repelling abilities in gardens, most people don’t give marigolds a second thought. In Bali, the marigold fields are something worth traveling halfway across the world for. You’ll see fields on fields on fields of these yellow, orange, and gold flowers, making it look more like a body of water than a flower field. These flowers are often used in spiritual offerings and are particularly meaningful in the culture here.
You’ve got two choices here. One: you can drive or bike past rolling fields of multicolored tulips in Lisse. Two: you can get up close and personal in the Keukenhof Gardens in Amsterdam. With nearly every color present, you will probably be overwhelmed in the best way possible. The festivals in spring celebrate the history of the flower as a major export beginning in the 17th century. These festivals and celebrations are unrivaled and should really be at the top of your list. Florists compete to create the most beautiful gardens and sculptures, making it an epic event.
Carlsbad, CA becomes inundated with flower blooms each spring and offers (possibly) the most variety of flowers of any string bloom festival. Ranunculus, orchids, sweet peas, petunias, and so many more flower varieties are on full colorful display here. The flowers are typically arranged in rows of colors to maximize the colorful impact the flowers have on anyone passing by.
Wait, a desert city is known for its flowers? Yes! The city has 54 public gardens, but the residents specialize in growing roses. The Valley of the Roses is 6 hours south of the city and offers a spectacular view of roses being picked and dried. The Festival of Roses takes place in late spring and shouldn’t be missed. The roses are used to make essential oils, potpourri, and rosewater.
Mainau Island, Germany
Flower Island might be one of the most hidden gems in Germany, but oh man is it a gem. With over 100 acres packed with flowers like daffodils, primroses, tulips, azaleas and rhododendrons, you’ll have to spend the whole day or weekend exploring the fields, arrangements, and sculptures of flowers. You’ll also be surrounded by a gorgeous lake on the Swiss border, so there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t already have put this on your list.
Honorable Non-Spring Mention: Colombia
If it’s arranged flowers you’re after, Medellin is your place, but you’ll have to wait for August. Each year at the end of summer, the Feria de las Flores features overflowing bouquets of flowers mounted to wooden pallets. These are then carried through the streets for the crowds to see.