Color your summer with these amazing garden vacations
By Aimee Heckel
Whether you’re an avid gardener, a photographer, an outdoorsman or you just love colorful beauty in its most perfect form, a garden vacation may be the perfect fit for you — and a way to experience a unique vacation.
Here are four ways to incorporate flowers and gardens into your travels:
1. Visit famous gardens. Oddee.com has a list of the 10 most breathtaking gardens in the world — and they truly are, even if your green thumb is more of a black-death-thumb.
On the list: Scotland’s Garden of Cosmic Speculation is one of the most intriguing spots, inspired by science and math. The scenery here is more like a museum of floral art in a Tim Burton movie, and can only be believed when seen — and maybe not even then.
Another mind-blowing garden is in Suan Nong Nooch, Thailand. The Nong Nooch Tropical Garden contains the world’s largest palm collection and a vast assortment of orchids, as well as many other themed gardens (butterfly garden, Stonehenge, French, cactus).
2. Take a garden tour. Gardenvisit.com has a long list of guided garden tours around the world. Check the list and pick your favorite destination, like France. The next three-day garden tour through the Giverney garden starts June 14, followed by a tour in July and another in September. The Giverney inspired Monet’s paintings; visit Monet’s Garden and other famous gardens in the area.
3. Attend a flower festival, like the Porterville Iris Festival in California, held every April.
Every spring, Walt Disney World is home to the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. Here, you can find food, gardens galore and even illuminated garden displays at night. Don’t forget the Flower Power Concert Series at night.
Even if you missed Epcot’s garden festival, you can still celebrate flowers this summer. Head over to the Tampere Floral Festival in Southern Finland in July and August, and you can find concerts, parades and the center of city adorned by flower arrangements.
4. Enjoy a garden show. Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in St. Paul, Minn., holds a free Sunken Garden Summer Flower Show, with a wide range of plants. While you’re there, pop in on one fo the Gardener Talk events, which span different green-thumby topics. Learn about plants and ask questions, too.
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