Luoyang began the cultivation of the peony 1400
years ago and over 350 varieties are grown there
today. During the fair, the city blooms with the
beautiful flowers, and there are performances and
exhibitions, as well as excursions to the Longmen
Grottoes, White Horse Temple and ancient tombs.
Brussels, April 14-20
The jewel within the Royal Parks was built in 19th
century, by King Leopold II, to house his
collection of plants from Congo. Though the series
of 11 massive greenhouses are still principally
for their majesties' pleasure only, mere mortals
can enter for a brief time every year.
London, May 20-23
The 60-plus gardens is held annually in the
gardens of Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London.
April 23-October 12
The Baltic port of Rostock in north-eastern
Germany plays house to the 2003 International
Horticultural Exposition. As well as the usual
flower show, IGA will also tackle a large
urban-renewal project, renovating the nearby
village of Schmarl. Perhaps, the most original
element of the show will be a church, built from
Cherry blossom (Sakura) viewing, or Ohanami, takes
place throughout Japan with picnic and a burst of
national pride. The blooms first come out in the
south of the country, where it's warmer, and
slowly shed flowers all over Japan.
April 23-May 5
A breathtaking spot for cherry-blossom viewing is
the park in the middle of Hirosaki city center at
Hirosaki Castle. With over 5000 cherry trees in
its grounds, the branches spread close to the
moat, reflecting the blossoms on the surface of
Imperial Palace sits in the center of Tokyo and
Emperors' Palace Moat is a fairytale scene of soft
pink and white flowers. On the moat one can hire
paddleboats or just stroll under the blossom
canopies and take in the splendor.
open daily until May 18
Established in 1949 as a showcase for Dutch bulb
growers, each spring shows more than 7 million
buds bloom. The growers compete for the most
imaginative display, inter-planting species for
effect. The emphasis here is definitely on tulips,
but with over 77 acres of wooded park, there's
room aplenty for Japanese cherry trees, azaleas
and rhododendrons to flower.
Once a year, a spectacular floral parade leaves
Noordwijk at 9:30 am and follows 40 km route ,
ending in Haarlem at 9:30 pm, where the floats,
constructed entirely of flowers, are displayed in
the city center for the rest of weekend.
Over 250 of Virginia's most beautiful gardens,
homes and historic landmarks are shown during
"America's Largest Open House". any
houses have interesting family histories
intertwined with the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.
Now, entering 70th season, Garden Week is the
oldest and largest state-wide house and garden
tour event in USA.