It’s a yearly miracle, when parts of the Earth awaken from their wintry slumber and erupt in a kaleidoscope of color. And some parts of the Earth are even more beautiful than others. Here’s a roundup of some of the best places to witness the visual feast, according to Cheapflights.com.
Bluebonnet fields, Texas, USA
Every spring, trails, state highways and fields throughout Texas erupt in a sea of bluebonnets, the state flower. The best time to bear witness to the phenomenon is March and April, when festivals pay homage to the flower.
Shibazakura Hill, Japan
Canadian Tulip Festival, Ottawa, Canada
Every year in May, the capital of Canada hosts the world’s largest tulip festival, with 300,000 tulips in 60 varieties blooming in 30 flower beds. The tulips were a gift to Canada for providing safe harbor to the Dutch royal family during the German occupation of the Netherlands.
Keukenhof Holland, Lisse, Netherlands
This year, Keukenhof Holland marks the 125th anniversary of Vincent van Gogh in a floral tribute with flower shows and a new ‘Selfie’ garden, a playful take on van Gogh’s self-portraits that recreates his auto-portrait with thousands of tulips. In total, the park is composed of 7 million bulbs including 800 varieties of tulips.
Chelsea Physic Garden, London, England
Chelsea Physic Garden is a one-of-a-kind place in many ways. For starters, it’s the oldest botanical garden in London, founded in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, and it is now one of the most important centers of botany and plant exchange in the world. Each plant in this garden is edible and useful, all playing a part in natural medicines.
Rounding out their list is Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town, South Africa; Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand; Biltmore Blooms, Asheville, North Carolina, USA; Madeira Flower Festival, Funchal, Portugal; and Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, Toowoomba, Australia.