2019 is the Year of the Snapdragon
January 1, 2019 – 12:06 am | Comments Off on 2019 is the Year of the Snapdragon

Special to Road Trips for Gardeners
From the National Garden Bureau
Looking for a flower that has multiple uses in the garden, smells great, attracts pollinators and comes in scads of colors? Then you should be …

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Rhododendron Fan? Head to Mendocino
April 22, 2019 – 8:22 am | Comments Off on Rhododendron Fan? Head to Mendocino

Rhododendron "Naselle" Special to Road Trips for Gardeners
More than 124 species of rhododendrom thrive in Coastal Mendocino County, California — some of which even have heavenly scents to match their vibrant beauty, unusual for these intense yet stately flowers.

The Inn at Newport Ranch, 31502 North Highway One, Fort Bragg, California, invites visitors to revel in these spectacular blooms with their Spring Bloom Special. Now through June 15, 2019, guests who book a two-night stay at the Inn will be welcomed on arrival by a small springtime bouquet and two tickets to visit the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens to witness the rhodies in full-bloom splendor.

Insider tip: When guests mention the Spring Bloom Special while booking, they receive the Spring Bloom add-ons at no cost.

(Photo of Rhododendron “Naselle” courtesy of Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens)

“Flower” of the Day: Wooden Tulips
April 20, 2019 – 8:00 am | Comments Off on “Flower” of the Day: Wooden Tulips
“Flower” of the Day: Wooden Tulips

Who says a Road Trips Gardener can’t have a big bouquet of colorful tulips on display year ’round?
It’s easy when they’re carved from wood, like these blooms for sale in Amsterdam, Holland, a few years …

Tulip Festival in Albany, New York
April 19, 2019 – 8:25 am | Comments Off on Tulip Festival in Albany, New York
Tulip Festival in Albany, New York

The annual Tulip Festival takes place May 11 and 12, 2019, in Washington Park, Albany, New York.
Highlights include more than 100,000 tulips in bloom, musical performances, the traditional street scrubbing on State Street, children’s activities, …

Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa
April 17, 2019 – 8:10 am | Comments Off on Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa
Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa

The annual Canadian Tulip Festival takes place May 10 to 20, 2019, in Commissioners Park and Aberdeen Pavilion, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
The festival centers around Ottawa’s love affair with the tulip, with a million tulips blooming …

Rhododendron Festival in Mentone, Alabama
April 15, 2019 – 8:18 am | Comments Off on Rhododendron Festival in Mentone, Alabama
Rhododendron Festival in Mentone, Alabama

Every year, thousands of visitors flock to the town of Mentone, Alabama — a mountain village atop the west brow of Lookout Mountain, for a two-day event paying tribute to rhododendrons. This year’s dates are …

Flower of the Day: Red Gladioli
April 13, 2019 – 8:50 am | Comments Off on Flower of the Day: Red Gladioli
Flower of the Day: Red Gladioli

Summers bring warmth, sunlight, and flowers to Finland.
Here, the tower of the Old Church, dating from medieval times, rises above a bed of red gladioli blooming along the harbor in Naantali — one of the …

Sacred Heart Garden Festival in Augusta, Georgia
April 12, 2019 – 8:46 am | Comments Off on Sacred Heart Garden Festival in Augusta, Georgia
Sacred Heart Garden Festival in Augusta, Georgia

New this year for the 28th annual Sacred Heart Garden Festival is a live Butterfly Habitat.
The festival takes place April 26 through 28, 2019, at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene Street, Augusta, Georgia. …

Holland, Michigan, Paints the Town Orange
April 10, 2019 – 8:37 am | Comments Off on Holland, Michigan, Paints the Town Orange
Holland, Michigan, Paints the Town Orange

It’s the 90th anniversary year for Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan. The dates are May 4 through 12, 2019.
This year’s theme is “orange” (that’s the color symbolizing the royal family in the Netherlands), so all …

Japan’s Osaka Castle Replicated in Las Vegas
April 8, 2019 – 8:03 am | Comments Off on Japan’s Osaka Castle Replicated in Las Vegas
Japan’s Osaka Castle Replicated in Las Vegas

The spring display in the Conservatory & Botanical Garden of Bellagio, 3600 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada, is a replica of Osaka Castle in Japan.
Through June 15, 2019, the Conservatory takes guests …

Flower(s) of the Day: Dinner Centerpiece
April 6, 2019 – 8:36 am | Comments Off on Flower(s) of the Day: Dinner Centerpiece
Flower(s) of the Day: Dinner Centerpiece

Flowers surround a candle for a centerpiece at Ashford Castle, an eight-hundred-year-old five-star hotel in County Mayo, Ireland.
(Photo ©2007 by Susan McKee)

Narcissi, Tulips in Bloom in Vaud, Switzerland
April 5, 2019 – 8:45 am | Comments Off on Narcissi, Tulips in Bloom in Vaud, Switzerland
Narcissi, Tulips in Bloom in Vaud, Switzerland

Spring is a beautiful time to visit the Lake Geneva region of Switzerland.
Wild narcissi are in bloom along the Montreux Riviera from April to June, transforming the meadows above Montreux and Vevey into white, perfumed …