Garden enthusiasts will be able to take their pick from some of the world’s most blooming beautiful floral displays next year, with some of the finest garden festivals and shows set to take place across the globe throughout 2016.
Here, specialist garden tour operator Botanica World Discoveries shares its list of the top six shows on offer for those who are willing to travel to see spectacular displays:
1. Floralies in Ghent, Belgium, 22 April – 1 May 3016 (www.floralien.be/en): This bustling flower and plant festival takes place once every five years and is situated in the Arts Quarter of Ghent with floral art, inspirational gardens, nature-inspired art projects and exhibitions.
See: In 2016, Floralies celebrates its 35th anniversary in style as it takes over the centre of Ghent in Belgium. The town will be awash with colourful blooms during the 10-day event and will include an outdoor ‘flower route’ from the Floralies Palace and the Botanical Gardens.
Visit: Botanica’s 8-day Floralies Flower Show, Art & Tulips of Holland & Belgium Cruise departs 21 April 2016. Priced from $5,295 per person, twin share, this all-inclusive journey includes the chance to spend a full day at the Floralies show.
2. Singapore Garden Festival, Singapore, 23-31 July 2016(www.singaporegardenfestival.com/): This popular garden show celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2016. Attracting some 300,000 visitors and featuring more than 50 displays and more than 250,000 plants, the show is Singapore’s leading tropical garden and flower show.
See: Orchids, landscape and fantasy gardens as well as Balcony Gardens, which are more relevant to living in small spaces.
Visit: Botanica’s 6-day Singapore Garden Festival & Orchids tour departs 26 July 2016 and is priced from $3,395 per person, twin share.
3. Chaumont Sur Loire, Loire Valley, France, April to November 2016(http://domaine-chaumont.fr/en_festival_festival): Every year in the estate of Chaumont-sur-Loire Castle, thirty or so artists and landscape designers from all over the world join forces to create contemporary gardens on a specific theme. The exhibition typically runs from April to November and was founded in 1992.
See: The diversity and the high quality of the projects have contributed to the Festival’s international reputation, which has become an indisputable meeting place for displaying the work of a new generation of landscape gardeners, architects, designers or gardeners. See exciting botanical art installations, stunning floral displays and garden sculptures. A visit before summer is an ideal way to enjoy the flowers at their most abundant.
Visit: Spend five days with a botanical guide exploring the Loire valley on the 5-day Chaumont Sur Loire Flower Festival tour. Priced from $4,995 per person, twin share, this tour includes the chance to visit the Chaumont Garden Festival and departs 19 May 2016.
4. RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London, UK, 24-28 May 2016(https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show): This world-famous flower show is a must see for garden lovers with large display gardens created by the world’s leading garden designers. The Chelsea Flower Show has been held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London every year since 1913, apart from gaps during the two World Wars. Once Britain’s largest flower show (it has now been overtaken by RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show), it is still the most prestigious.
See: In 2016 there will be spectacular show gardens, showcasing the exceptional talent of a handful of carefully selected garden designers. Each illustrates the possibilities of garden design, landscaping and plantsmanship, and collectively they deliver a broad range of design styles and celebrate diverse themes. Alongside the Show Gardens are the smaller garden categories. The Artisan Gardens pay homage to traditional and contemporary artisan skills, and the Fresh Gardens category incorporate innovative materials and challenging ideas.
Visit: Botanica guests can visit the show as part of the 10-day Chelsea Flower Show, English & Welsh Gardens in Spring, departing 25 May 2016. This tour is priced from $6,995 per person, twin share.
5. Floralia, Brussels, Belgium 1 April – 6 May 2016 (http://www.floralia-brussels.be/en/floralia): The spring flower exhibition in the park and the greenhouses at the castle of Groot-Bijgaarden will celebrate its 13th anniversary in 2016. The park of 14 hectares incorporates nearly all spring bulb varieties. Under the direction of specialists from The Netherlands, the castles’ gardeners have planted by hand more than 1 million bulbs.
See: During the four weeks in which the exhibition takes place flower lovers will have the opportunity to discover 500 varieties including 400 tulip varieties.
Visit: See the show as part of Botanica’s 8-day Floralies Flower Show, Art & Tulips of Holland & Belgium Cruise departing 21 April 2016. This tour is priced from $5,295 per person, twin share.
6. Melbourne Flower Show, Melbourne, Australia, 16-20 March 2016(http://melbflowershow.com.au/): This homegrown show is considered one of the top five flower shows in the world. Set in the beautiful grounds of Melbourne’s Carlton Gardens and the world heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building, visitors can see Australia’s top garden designers showcase the latest design and planting techniques relevant to the Australian climate.
See: Award winning displays floral design workshops, art for sale, show gardens, sculpture and many more attractions combine to make this an incredible show not to be missed.
Visit: Travel on Botanica’s 6-day Melbourne Flower Show journey and enjoy a full day at the show to see the attractions for yourself. Priced from $3,295 per person, twin share, this trip departs 14 March 2016.
For more information about Botanica call 1300 305 202, visit botanica.travel or see your local travel agent.