When your love for flowers is truly next level, you’ll know it. People in your life know it, too, if the number of arrangements you receive is any indication. Odds are, you enjoy treating yourself to a bouquet or two on occasion, too. As for your pastimes? They may include gazing at pictures online of far-flung destinations that brim with gorgeous blooms. The stuff of floral fantasies, these locations actually do exist — and they may well be worth adding to your bucket list.
What’s special about them isn’t just that they’re home to glorious gardens. They’re also meticulously maintained. Many boast incredible histories, some of which are downright inspiring. They present epic photo-taking opportunities. You might be compelled to share them on social media, or you might want to have a photo made into a poster so you can decorate your home with something truly special to you. Here are a handful of the best destinations in the world to visit for their unique blooms.
Flowering tulip gardens abound in the Netherlands, where you’re never too far away from these glorious flowers. The country is the best in the world for nurturing tulips, with optimal soil conditions and cool nights creating the type of environment where the blooms positively thrive. Some of the best in the nation are found in the Noordoostpolder in Flevoland. Make time to visit the Keukenhof, the largest flower exhibition in the world, if you’re near Amsterdam. Just half an hour away, it’s host to a wonderful array of tulips. It’s so spectacular that it’s often referred to as the Garden of Europe!
You aren’t likely to find a more spellbinding display of roses anywhere on the planet. In the Valley of Dadés is a very small village called Kalaat M’Gouna, where thousands upon thousands of deliciously pink roses bloom. Their heady fragrance permeates the air, reason enough to book a flight if you’re captivated by the true scent of rose. Is it any wonder Moroccan roses are harvested and transformed into everything from rosewater to rose oil? The very oils you find in your beauty products are often sourced here. If you happen to be in Morocco, your travels should bring you here for the humbling experience of sitting amongst the roses in the shadows of the equally transfixing Atlas Mountains.
It’s rare to find a location in the world that stops you in your tracks — but you may well find yourself frozen when you arrive at the Furano Lavender Fields in Japan. Nearly as far as the eye can see, fields of lavender carpet the vast landscape. In the distance, you’ll spot take in the beauty of Nakafurano city — if you can tear your gaze away from the cultivation before you, of course. Among the most impressive places to visit is Farm Tomita, where you can spot not just lavender but even other flowers. They paint the ground in vivid stripes, lending the land an almost ethereal quality. It’s entirely real, but you won’t be blamed if you mistake it all for a dream. It’s really just that phenomenal.
There are probably millions of reasons to visit Spain, but one that may not be on your list is the abundance of sunflowers in Carmona. The sunny sight is one to behold — and a must if you regularly dress up your home with the radiant, yellow-petaled stems. These sunny and uplifting flowers are symbolic of joy and positivity, and there’s no doubt you’ll experience that type of energy when you arrive in Seville. Carmona is a charming village with a rich history — and it also happens to be home to some of the most dazzling sunflower fields in the world. If you happen to be in the region during spring or summer, you won’t want to miss this fantastic sight.
If you’ve ever envisioned yourself wandering the cobbled streets in the United Kingdom in search of the kind of fantasies you may have read about in the classics, you’ll be one step closer when you visit Norfolk. Head specifically to the Blickling estate, home to a majestic mansion that alone may take your breath away. The 55-acre garden is no less wondrous, with its medley of attractions that will please visitors of all ages. Enjoy a picnic in one of the secret tunnels — yes, really — or enjoy the wildlife as you walk on the Acre. Don’t miss the citrus trees in the Orangery, along with the creative yew hedges and topiary that transform the outdoor space into a true work of art. It’s difficult to capture in words, but once you arrive, you may never want to leave.
If you’re searching for cherry blossoms in the United States, you won’t have to look much further than the nation’s capital. Washington, D.C., is home to an abundance of cherry blossoms that were gifted to the city by Tokyo’s mayor in 1912. Since then, the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival has drawn visitors from far and wide to admire the plump pink flowers billowing in the wind. The shimmering waters of the Potomac River aren’t far, lending the trees an even more picturesque quality. You may be so awed that you won’t remember to snap a photo, but take some time to capture a few shots for posterity. You’ll be glad you did, especially since the cherry blossoms reach their peak bloom in late March. Then you’ll have to wait until next year.
There are few experiences more exciting or unforgettable than bearing witness to a true floral wonderland. The types of settings you only see in movies or read about in novels aren’t just make-believe, as these destinations prove. Whether you’re a true flower lover or just want to add something interesting to your itinerary during your travels, you won’t be disappointed by any of these magical spots.