2016 Spring Not-To-Miss Flower Shows

April showers bring May flowers and those May flowers bring the world spectacular flower shows. From Disney World to across the pond, the shows and festivals we profiled will bring not only beautiful flower displays, but music, food and—if you make it to the Chelsea Flower Show in England—a chance to see the Royal Family!

These four floral events are among our favorites for spring 2016 and are showcased on the Healthy Aging® Twitter cover photo montage.

Photo Courtesy of Royal Horticulture Society

Photo Courtesy of Royal Horticulture Society

Chelsea Flower Show, London

The RHS (Royal Horticulture Society) Chelsea Flower Show, formally known as the Great Spring Show, is held at the grounds of London’s Royal Hospital Chelsea for five days every May since 1912!

It’s the most famous flower show in the United Kingdom, and arguably the world, attracting 157,000 visitors each year from all continents—the number would be higher if not for the 11 acre space limit.

Highlights include the avante-garde show gardens designed by leading names with Floral Marquee at its center, as well as featured smaller gardens such as the Artisan and Urban Gardens. This show is the garden design equivalent of fashion week for the horticultural world, with new plants launched and older varieties revived. Even members of the Royal Family don’t miss out!

This year the show will be held from May 24–28. Tickets must be bought in advance. Visit RHS.org.uk for more information!

Photo Courtesy of Gardening Scotland

Photo Courtesy of Gardening Scotland

Scotland’s Gardening Festival, Edinburgh

Gardening Scotland is the biggest plant fair in Scotland, held for three days on the grounds of the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh from Friday June 3–Sunday June 5. The show brings an explosion of scent and color in an abundance of flowers, tools, equipment and garden furniture sure to inspire your garden’s growth.

Top designers show off the latest trends in garden style in the Show Garden Avenue, while amateur gardening clubs and schools show all that is possible to create out of a small space in mini Pallet Gardens.

Visit Caley Floral Hall where you’ll find top quality plants that are normally difficult to source available for purchase, and see the Living Garden area where environmental organizations will be present to offer information on how to live in harmony with bugs, birds, butterflies and bees.

Outdoor fun for the family can be found in the Big Back Garden, where kids workshops will be offered and local artists will display their talents. Don’t miss out on the delicious cuisine from earthy award winning restaurants and cafes! Visit GardeningScotland.com for tickets.

Photo Copyright © Disney

Photo Copyright © Disney

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, Florida

Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival wows visitors each spring season, presenting an outdoor kitchen offering small plates and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, a brand new Harmony Gardens Musical and a play area themed around the “Fab Five” – Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Pluto.

The floral exhibits feature more than 70 world-renowned topiaries shaped as your favorite Disney characters. The topiary at the front of the park will feature Huey, Dewey and Louie, with their Uncle Donald and Daisy. A floral sun garden will be dotted with yellow “sunbursts” in Future World, where visitors can find a Ranger Mickey Mouse topiary as well.

The entertainment continues with the Garden Rocks Outdoor Concert series featuring throwback beats from fan favorite bands! This year the festival runs from March 2–May 30. Check out DisneyWorld.Disney.Go.com to plan your trip!


Photo Courtesy of Tourist Offices of Spain

Photo Courtesy of Tourist Offices of Spain

Girona Flower Festival, Spain

The Girona Flower Festival or the “Temps de Flors” offers its local and international visitors more than one hundred individual displays, some created by local children and some created by the professionals. It doesn’t matter who creates them though because whether they’re quirky or kitschy, they are sure to take your breath away.

Check out the display on the cathedral steps, known as one of the most impressive floral displays at the festival. Girona not only intoxicates its visitors with the beauty of the flower displays, but whole streets transform into art installations; there’s lively music, lights, and fountains that add to the fun loving feel of the event.

Girona has a small community feeling that makes visitors feel part of the community while strolling the streets and taking in the sweet aroma of hundreds of fresh flowers. The festival runs from May 7 to May 15. Go to AllExciting.com/Flower-Festival-Girona for additional info!

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