March 27, 2017
9 Lovely Gardens & Flower Markets Around the World
Spring has arrived! Luckily for PDXers, Delta Air Lines offers nonstop flights to three of the best locations to experience the highlights of spring around the world. You’re one flight away from seeing the mesmerizing cherry blossoms in Tokyo, wandering the glorious gardens in London, and beholding the bright bulbs of Amsterdam’s tulips. If you’re flying to any of these locations, be sure to catch them in full bloom.
Gardens and parks cover Tokyo, and there are so many places to see the famously brilliant cherry blossom blooms. Hanami is a long-standing Japanese tradition of welcoming spring. Also known as the “cherry blossom festival,” this annual celebration is about appreciating the temporal beauty of nature. People gather under blooming cherry blossoms for food, drink, songs, companionship and the beauty of sakura (cherry blossoms). April is typically the best time to catch these beauties. Here are our top 3 favorite locations:
Shinjuku Gyoen features more than one thousand cherry trees of over a dozen varieties. There are spacious lawn areas, and the atmosphere is quiet and peaceful.
Hundreds of sakura line the moats of the Imperial Palace, creating one of Tokyo’s most outstanding cherry blossom sights. Boats are available for rent, and late in the season the moats are filled with the flower petals.
Ueno Park is the most popular place to view cherry blossoms in Tokyo, and with over 1000 trees at its peak in early April is actually seems like it is snowing with cherry blossoms.
London is home to some of the most beautiful, quintessentially European gardens, and most of them are full of rich (and often royal) history. Here are the best places to wander in the city during this time of year:
This formerly royal residence represents nearly 250 years of historical gardens. It is home to a remarkable collection of over 30,000 types of plants from all over the world that range from the beautiful to the peculiar. It is one of Britain’s finest gardens and a world heritage site. Kew Gardens offer a wonderful day out for all, whether garden, heritage or botanically inclined.
Surrounding Buckingham Palace and the Queen Victoria Memoria are around 28,000 tulips that are planted in the Memorial Gardens outside Buckingham Palace each year.
Kensington Gardens, once the private gardens of Kensington Palace, are among the Royal Parks of London. The gardens cover an area of 270 acres. Don’t forget to catch the statue of Peter Pan and also go on a flower walk to see all the varieties of blooms.
Spring in the Netherlands can mean only one thing: the annual blaze of color across the countryside that signals tulip season is here. Though the seasonal craze runs from March to May, April is the best time to see the famed tulips in full bloom. But where best to join in on this quintessentially Dutch obsession and see the tulips in and around Amsterdam?
The floating flower market, Bloemenmarkt, is one of Amsterdam’s main attractions for tourists and residents alike, boasting bulbs for tulips and other fresh flowers in stalls floating on the canal.
The Hortus Botanicus is one of the world’s oldest botanical gardens and makes for a peaceful pit stop after dodging bicycles all day in the city. Established in 1638 as a herbarium, the garden now blooms with over 4000 plant species from around the world, including the oldest potted plant.
The Keukenhof is one of the most famous tulip and flower gardens in Europe and, in fact, the world. Botanists, flower-lovers and tourists alike make the pilgrimage each year to ooh and ahh over winding rows of iconic tulips, delicate orchids and snow-like fluttering blossoms.
Whether you are flying into Tokyo, London, or Amsterdam, make sure you take a moment to stop and smell the flowers.
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