22181455-8_cropped_1584x780.jpgDisney meets ditzy as the floral fever builds up around these 7 storybook destinations, each worthy of any flower enthusiast's mention when it comes to travelling this spring.


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1. Keukenhof Flower Park, Netherlands

Keukenhof is tucked away in the bucolic Netherlands town of Lisse: a rewarding sight with its brightly coloured rows of tulips spread out over 80-acre grounds. Come to see more than 700 varieties of tulip bulbs in full bloom; stay for some bohemian-terrific flower shots.

Flower Tours Holland offers guided tours through Keukenhof: exploring its tulip-surrounded Dutch windmills as well as its beautiful outdoor pavilions, animal farms, and local restaurants. The ‘Garden of Europe’, as it’s called, is open to the public from March 22 to May 13, 2018.


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2. Ilsan Lake Park, Goyang, South Korea

Every year in late April, South Korea’s largest flower fair never fails to impress. This year from April 27 to May 13 at Ilsan Lake Park, the International Horticulture Goyang Korea Fair 2018 will feature massive outdoor and indoor exhibitions. Flowers from more than 30 countries will be on display throughout, accompanied by massive flower-adorned figurines, dance performances, parades and more.

This is one floral festivity to keep in view if you’re visiting the country anytime soon. Find out more from the Goyang International Flower Foundation’s website.  


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3. Kawachi Fujien Garden, Japan

Wisteria makes the world go round: the same is very nearly true of the stunning Wisteria tunnels found at the Kawachi Fujien Garden in the Japanese city of Kitakyushu. The collective tresses of more than 150 Wisteria trees here are known to bloom their brightest in late April to May.

There are 2 large tunnels to explore that are collectively over 300 metres long, and the rest of the massive garden grounds can keep you occupied for hours after. Tickets can be purchased at the garden entrance, but they’ll be harder to get closer to April


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4. RoozenGaarde Garden, Washington, USA

This 5-acre display garden comes with its own giftshop. A local institution when it comes to ambling rows of smiling tulips every Spring in Mount Vernon, RoozenGaarde is one of the major sites of the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, running this year from April 1 to 30.

RoozenGaarde annually replants more than 250,000 tulip bulbs to wow the spectators with stunning formations, complete with their own Dutch windmill fixture. Find out about the various tours and fun activities organised as part of this annual festival here.


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5. Hamstreet Woods National Nature Reserve, Kent, England

This protected woodland reserve in Kent is the ancient home of spectacular bluebell formations as well as white wood anemones and primrose every spring. These woods have a number of footpaths, marked trails and guideposts, creating an informative experience for tourists as they enjoy its resplendent beauty.

The 97-hectare reserve is a short walk from the Hamstreet railway station. More information can be found here.


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6. Jabal Akdhar, Oman

An incredible sight awaits tourists each year in Jabal Akhdar – the Green Mountain in Oman as it’s also known –usually starting in late March to the middle of May. Around 7,000 bright pink Damask roses begin to bloom, covering the face of the rocky mountain.

The Alila Jabal Akhbar, perched 2,500 above sea-level, offers amazing views of the rose-covered gardens. Better yet, the hotel's Rose Package (available from April 15 to May 15, 2018 for rose season) takes guests on a private tour of Jabal Akhdar's dazzling rose terraces. Click here more details.    


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7. Zhuzihu, Taipei

Cool fact: the farming village of ‘Bamboo Lake’ or Zhuzihu in Taipei’s Yangmingshan National Park was once a volcano-surrounded lava lake a long time ago. Today, its soil conditions are absolutely perfect for growing flowers like the beautiful calla lily despite the high altitudes. 

That said, the Yangmingshan Calla Lily Festival will take place this year from March 30 to April 29. It's the time when all the farms across this area are dotted in green and white, thanks to the sturdy, trumpet-shaped calla lilies opening up to welcome the spring. More information on the festival and the national park can be found here.