Jaipur, September, 2019.

Since eons, flowers have been synonymous to happiness, colors and beauty.  From songs to poems, from gestures to canvas, they have been a consistent part of human expression. They add to the beauty of a destination and are a delight to witness. There are terrains of gardens and destinations across the world which will take you away from a hive of activities and bring you closer to nature.

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

New South Wale’s major tourist attraction boasts some of the best spring displays in Sydney. The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney features living collections from almost every continent in the world across its 30 hectares.  Spring bedding though is at its best throughout September with the Garden’s famous Spring Walk in bloom. This display has been a calendar highlight in the Garden for 163 years when Charles Moore planted an Azalea Garden along the south side of the Macquarie Wall in 1856. This year’s display features Buttercups, China Pinks, Snap dragons and Pansies

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, USA

Founded in 1910, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a 52-acre haven located in Mount Prospect Park. The beloved botanical garden has 14,000 types of plants spread across multiple areas, including a water garden, an English garden themed around plants named in Shakespeare plays, and a fragrance garden for the visually impaired. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is perhaps most well-known for its exceptional Japanese garden—the first created in an American public garden—and the more than 200 cherry trees that draw crowds each spring.

Australia Botanic Garden Mount Annan

If you are a plant lover, then a visit to the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan is a must. The 2,000 m2 spring display will have your head buzzing with ideas of how you can transform your own garden into a botanic display that will be the envy of your neighbors. The Garden’s most iconic spring display is the Western Australian Paper Daisy display which runs throughout September to the end of October and is one of the most visited and photographed flower displays in Sydney. This year’s display features over a million flowers that will create a lush carpet of pink, yellow and white!

Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah

Spring is a great time of the year to make a day trip up to the Blue Mountains’ Bells Line of Road and visit the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah. It is Australia’s highest botanic garden with over 5,200 species of diverse and beautiful cool climate plants. Originally a cut flower farm, this Garden is renowned for its bulb displays. The annual Daffodil display (24 August – 1 September) features over 50,000 bulbs this year making it the largest display ever created at the Garden.

Akureyri, Iceland

This town in northern Iceland is home to the Arctic Botanical Gardens, where many of the nation’s native plants are on display. “It’s only 50 miles from Arctic Circle! Incredible!” says reader Susan Thorne Gagnon. Take an evening stroll then have tea among Iceland’s native plants in the Arctic Botanical Gardens—completely free to visitors. Nearby, families find short hiking trails and playgrounds in the Kjarnaskógur forest, ski slopes, and a local obsession with junk food. A tremendous burger stuffed with French fries is known affectionately around the country as the Akureyringur, or person from Akureyri

Tokyo, Japan

Nothing beats the iconic Sakura–the cherry blossoms in Japan. Might be last on the list but definitely not the least. Hanami that means flower watching is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers. The cherry blossoms, known in Japan as sakura, are well known around the world for their radiant, delicate. and transient beauty. However, they are more than simply beautiful trees, as the sakura have powerful ties to Japan’s history, culture and identity. Originally used to divine the year’s harvest, Sakura came to embody Wabi-sabi philosophy and Shinto ideals of impermanence, hope and renewal and are now one of Japan’s most iconic natural symbols.

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