Robertson’s Flowers doesn’t pretend to be a travel guide, but we can point you in the direction of some of the country’s best flower festivals and events.
Every spring and summer, a whole crop of festivities pops up around the nation in honor of a particular area’s signature flower (in Michigan, it’s tulips; in California, the poppy). It seems we all love to celebrate our most beautiful assets, inviting others to join us in celebration of our environment and to learn more about local culture. To that end, we’ve rounded up four such festivals for you to bookmark on the calendar.
Philadelphia International Flower Show
This is the biggest indoor flower show in the country, and it’s been running since 1829. Nowadays, 250,000 floral enthusiasts from around the world attend, mingling with horticulturalists, landscape designers, florists and more to learn about, honor and marvel over flowers.
Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, Philadelphia
April gives us this charming festival, which is awash in pink and white cherry blossoms. Over the course of a week, there are workshops and concerts, food and drink, as well as a 10K run, traditional Japanese activities and dozens of amazing vendors.
Historic Garden Week, Virginia
“America’s Largest Open House” is both an excuse to tour the historic homes of Virginia as well as to dip into its gardens. This is a showcase of the state’s landmarks as much as it is its blooming flowers—and not all of them are outdoors. You have to see the gorgeous flower designs created inside the homes, too.
National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington D.C.
Stop and smell the cherry blossoms again at this iconic national celebration that commemorates the relationship between the U.S. and Japan. Enjoy the blossoms during a walk along the Tidal Basin or on the Washington Monument grounds, and be sure to follow up with a visit to the United States Botanic Garden right near the Capitol.
And if you’d like to maintain your own home as a floral attraction in its own right bring home Summer Gem.