When you can leave work and still have time to enjoy a mug of beer before the sun goes down, you know spring is knocking at the door. What better way to bring it in that with a trip to a flower show?
Before the flowers get picked up by traders, or get turned into a bottle of luxury bathing oil, pull out the dusted floral print dress and head for these blooming great flower exhibits。
Keukenhof, Lisse, Holland
Every year, 32-hectare Keukenhof in Lisse is overlayed with more than four millions tulips and other flower species. Once a herb garden for a Dutch countess' kitchen in the 15th century, it has grown into the largest bulb flower park in the world.
There are 15-kilometer footpaths, several cycling trails as well as a one-hour boat tour. Seats for the boat tour are limited, so be there early to guarantee a place. On the "Walk of Fame" you can see tulips named after famous people, non-fictional and fictional, such as Mozart, Ronaldo, Lion King and even a Teletubby.
The annual flower parade will be held on April 21 this year, starting from Noordiwijk to Haarlem (outside Keukenhof) and will pass through Keukenhof in the afternoon. Visitors are allowed re-entry into the park after the flower parade on that day.
Nanhui peach blossoms, Shanghai, China
Shanghai Nanhui may not be the biggest flower fair in the country but it still offers some great sights.
Every Spring visitors flock to Shanghai Nanhui districts for the annual peach blossom festival where they can bathe in the red and pink blooms, which symbolize prosperity, life and love in Chinese culture.
Nanhui Taohuachun (peach blossom village) in Huinan town is one of the most popular peach flower farms. Traditional performances are also staged. Don't miss the pig race. Chinese rural delicacies such as veggie wontons and pumpkin cakes are available to keep you energized throughout the day.
Takada Castle cherry blossoms, Jōetsu, Japan
Takada Park in Niigata prefecture offers a romantic option for nocturnal visitors. Cherry blossom viewing in Takada Castle is one of the three biggest night hanami events in Japan. The tourism website shows you how to hanami like a Japanese.
Takada Park's 4,000 blooming cherry trees will be lit up by thousands of bombori lanterns (traditional small oval-shaped lanterns) along the "Sakura road." "Because of cooler weather this year, cherry blooms will start a little bit later than usual," Kazuyuki Akiyama from International Tourism Office of Niigata Prefecture estimates. "I would say mid-to-late April will be the best time to see cherry blossom at Takada Castle."
高田公园的4000多株樱花树将点缀着上千盏竹灯笼(传统的鹅蛋形灯笼)，照亮一整条“樱花大道“。 “今年比往常更冷一点，所以樱花也会盛开得稍晚一点，“ 新潟国际旅游办公室的Kazuyuki Akiyama预测道。“我估计4月中下旬会是观赏樱花的最佳时节。“
Traditional Japanese food and local food specialties like yakitori and takoyaki will be sold from 300 outdoor stalls at the event during the festival. Also, don't miss the firework on the final day.
Royal Botanic Gardens, London, England
Over 250 years old, Kew Gardens spreads over 121 hectares, holding over one in eight of the known plant species in the world. The massive garden is carpeted with five million blooming bulbs and many attractions.
Daffodils line Broad Walk, magnolias run through Princess Walk and on the Cherry Walk the pink Prunus 'Asano' species is expected to blossom soon. Check the arboretum team's updates on each flower's status or what's on here.
Tarryn Barrowman from the Kew Gardens is keen for visitors to see the delicate alpine plants "Glory of the Snow" from Turkey's snow mountains that will emerge soon. Kew offers free tours hosted by volunteer guides till April 30.
邱园的Tarryn Barrowman 表示非常期待游客们来参观珍贵的高山植物“雪之耀“，它是从土耳其的雪山上引种过来的，很快即将登陆邱园。邱园在4月30日前都免费开放，并配备志愿导游。
Lavender routes, Provence-Alpes-C?te d'Azur, France
From June to September, Provence in France will be covered by a patchwork of blue and purple lavenders. Major lavender farms stretch along the foothills of the Alps in the Provence-Alpes-C?te d'Azur region.
Marine Féré, representative from the region's tourism office, encourages visitors to plan a lavender route trip starting mid-June to mid-July before the blooming lavenders are harvested.
该区域的旅游办公室的代表Marine Féré 极力鼓励游客们在6月中旬和7月中旬期间来观赏薰衣草，这样就能赶在收获季以前。
A few breathtaking spots along the route include: Sault plateau — a small village filled with medieval houses and Renaissance homes; Valensole plateau — home to the famous ceramics makers in the old village Moustiers-Sainte-Marie and is famous for its lavender honey.