Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Flower Festivals Celebrate Spring Blooms; by Beth J. Harpaz

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Flower Festivals Celebrate Spring Blooms; by Beth J. Harpaz

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Byline: The Associated Press

We're coming up on cherry blossom festivals, tulip time and lilac season. Here's a look at some of the places that celebrate spring flowers with festivals and other events.

TULIP TIME

You could go to the Netherlands to see the Keukenhof gardens in Lisse, which are planted with 7 million flowering bulbs -- tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and more -- blooming March 22-May 13.

Or you could visit Holland, Mich., which hosts a Tulip Time Festival May 5-13. The city planted 100,000 tulips back in 1929, and the annual celebration of the tulip now includes entertainment, costumes, parades and activities.

Pella, Iowa, has also been hosting a Tulip Time celebration for decades. Pella's event is May 3-5, and includes parades, Dutch costumes

and performances, a craft and vendor fair, quilt and flower shows in addition to the tulip gardens.

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, based in Mount Vernon in the state of Washington, is scheduled for April 1-30 though the festival's website notes that the tulips are expected to bloom the last week of March.

CHERRY BLOSSOMS

In Washington, D.C., the projected peak date for cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin was pushed back to March 27-31 due to colder temperatures, with the National Cherry Blossom Festival running March 20-April 15. The festival marks the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from a Tokyo mayor to the U.S. capital city.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York City also celebrates the blooming of cherry trees that were a gift from the Japanese government. A two-day festival called Sakura Matsuri is planned this year for April 28-29 with some 60 events, including performances by taiko drummers.

The garden features a Japanese pond and garden as well as an esplanade lined with some of its 200 cherry trees.

Macon, Ga. …

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