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The best places to welcome spring

For me, there are two different days each year when spring begins. One of them is the spring equinox, March 20 this year. The other is the day I first notice that bright yellow forsythias have burst into bloom, cheerily announcing the joyful season to come.

Humans seem to have a primordial connection to flowers: They’re a symbol of life and rebirth. It’s no surprise that cultures around the world cherish springtime blossoms, a sign that Earth is waking up from the slumber of winter and redecorating the planet with a colorful new carpet.

In a new Bing Travel slide show, you’ll see some of the best opportunities for flower-viewing around the globe, including the nation’s oldest botanical garden, in Washington, D.C., and the extensive flower beds at the Dallas Arboretum. You can enjoy the tulip fields in the Netherlands or Washington state’s Skagit Valley; or, if the sky decides the world needs a refreshing rain, check out indoor conservatories in Chicago or San Francisco.

What are your favorite places to see spring flowers and welcome the season? Share your thoughts with fellow travelers in the comments section.



  • Perhaps the most dramatic place in the world to see the glory of spring through flowers is the Keukenhof near Lisse in the Netherlands. Seven million bulbs, 4.5 million of them tulips in 100 varieties are planted by hand and share 35 hectares with 2500 trees in 87 varieties.  Truly awesome.

  • The Keukenhof gardens in the Netherlands, just 10 miles from Amsterdam. Open from March to mid May. It is an amazing display of flowers, especially tulips.

  • If you live in the Ohio area, a trip to Kingwood Center is a must.  It is located in Mansfield.  The spring flowers are beautifully placed and labelled amid the gardens that surround the Kingwood Castle.  Admission is free.  There is also a greenhouse where clippings and starts can be purchased to support the work they do there.   This  is a GREAT place for a one day family adventure.

  • You failed to mention the Anza Borrego Desert in Southern California.  The desert isn't really a consideration when you think desert, but think again.  It is absolutely beautiful come spring time in the desert.  This year will probably be one of the most spectacular due to all the winter rains too!

  • I can't believe the National Arboretum in D.C. wasn't mentioned. It's truly a sight to see in the spring!

  • Don't forget Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania!  It's a beautiful place to visit throughout the year!

  • TULIP TIME in HOLLAND, MICHIGAN has celebrated the spring blooms for years and still rates as one of the top flower festivals in the world!!!


  • I once had the privilege of spending late spring in Wales, and it was beautiful. Bodnant Gardens in Wales is worth seeing any time of the year, but it is breath-taking in late Spring.

  • Over 500,000 daffodils in Meriden, CT's Hubbard Park - awesome!

  • I'm from the South, and we have it everywhere. You forgot Bellingrath Gardens in Mobile, AL. Absolutely stunning Magnolias and huge Azealas, not in your average bucket size for sure. There are different theme gardens all over the property. In the winter, it is open for a winter wonderland of lights and decorations. Plants galore in the greenhouses.

  • gotta see Death Valley!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Desert Southwests after a rainfilled winter is the best. Go to the BLM wilderness of California and Arizona to walk in washes filled with color.  Also the returning bird life is a job to witness.

  • Must see Wye Mountain Daffodil Festival each spring just west of Little Rock, Arkansas.  An entire mountain covered in blooming daffodils.....truly awesome!

  • Drive down almost any highway in Texas for a real treat.  Thanks to our Lady Bird, millions of Bluebonnets, Indian's Paintbrush and other wild flowers are in bloom.  Beautiful and all for free.

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