May 9, 2014

Top 7 flower viewing destinations in the world

There is not much moms like more than receiving a bunch of flowers. Just in time for Mothers’ Day, here is the ultimate flower bouquet… our pick of the most gorgeous, fragrant, stunning places to view flowers in the world. 

1. Lavender, Provence, southern France
The famed lavender fields bloom in summer, so travel in June to August for purple fields as far as the eye can see. Be sure to visit Abbaye de Senanque near Gordes – the setting for most of those postcard perfect lavender photos.

2. Hokkaido’s flower fields, Japan
Hokkaido, a well-known “floral” destination in Japan, is a riot of colour from April onwards as the wide variety of flower and tree species begin to bloom. Some of the most popular varieties that can be seen include lavender, cherry blossoms, lily of the valley, tulips, azalea, lilac, roses, and more.

3. Bulgaria's rose valley
Bulgaria has been cultivating roses for centuries and produces 85% of the world’s rose oil. The picking season in the famous rose valley lasts from May to June and the annual Rose Festival is held every year during the first week of June.

4. Tulips in the Netherlands
If you love tulips, then the world famous Keukenhof is a must-visit. It’s the world’s second largest flower garden and showcases more than 7 million bulbs a year. It’s open for only a short time each year from March to May.

5. Dubai Miracle Garden
The largest flower garden in the world – and it’s in a desert! With 45 million flowers in all sorts of colourful combinations and designs, Dubai Miracle Garden is nothing short of a miracle. A tip is to visit later in the afternoon when it’s not as hot.

6. Worcestershire's poppies
Poppy flowers bloom like the red sea in Worcestershire. The Worcestershire Wildlife Trust seeks to turn the fields back into natural heathland and encourage the growth of the local plants and wildlife – visit in the British summer (the poppies are generally in full bloom in early June) and take care when walking as much of the area is a nature reserve.

7. Cherry blossoms in Japan
Celebrate “hanami" in Japan - the centuries-old practice of picnicking under a blooming sakura (cherry) tree. The blossoming of the flowers is widely celebrated in Japan and people turn out in large numbers at parks, shrines, and temples to hold flower-viewing parties. The blossoming begins in Okinawa in January and typically reaches Kyoto and Tokyo at the end of March or the beginning of April, then moving northward to Hokkaidō a few weeks later.

See the Top 100 Cherry Blossom viewing spots here.

Where would you love to see flowers in the world? Comment and let us know.

To visit these destinations, visit the Sure Travel website.

Photo credits: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7-9,10, 11


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