Have flowers, will travel should be your motto for 2018 and 2019. In the sense that if a place has flowers, you will travel to see them.
Let us at City Line Florist explain: Every spring and summer across the country, there are dozens and dozens of floral festivals and other such flower events. These destinations celebrate their most iconic flower when it’s in full bloom, creating a festive event around it that typically involves parades, food, music and hundreds (if not thousands) of the bloom at the center of it. We’ve rounded up four of the top such festivals for your attention—and your calendar. But first, the floral attractions in our own neck of the woods you’ll want to visit, including West Hartford’s Rose Gardens at Elizabeth Park, Griswold’s Buttonwood Farm, Lavender Pond Farm in Killingworth and White Flower Farm in Morris.
Dallas Blooms, Dallas, Texas
There are 66 acres of gardens along White Rock Lake, a part of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. For six weeks in the spring, those gardens erupt with 500,000 blooming flowers. Especially significant are the tulips, but every flower is showcased and celebrated through all kinds of events that involve food, drink, music, education and more.
Epcot International Garden & Flower Festival, Orlando, Florida
There are many, many reasons to visit Orlando in May, but here’s one more. This festival is like Disney World for garden and flower lovers with its tons and tons of topiary in the form of characters, flower sculptures, flowers, trees, bushes . . . You name it. There are outdoor kitchens and live music, as well as horticulturalists who will talk about your green thumbs with you all day long.
National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington D.C.
Perhaps our most famous floral festival of all, this one takes place in our nation’s capital and honors the relationship between the U.S. and Japan through its beautiful cherry trees. Walk the Tidal Basin or Washington Monument grounds to take in the lovely pink and white blossoms.
Portland Rose Festival, Portland, Oregon
Encounter 4,000 roses and the largest rose show in the country in this fun, iconic city that knows its way around a rose. Four parades and lots of festivities unfurl during the three weekends devoted to Portland’s favorite flower. And not to worry, you can have our Mama’s Rose Garden waiting for you at home when you’re forced to leave this floral fantasy.