The Best Flower Displays in the World
The Flower Fields – Carlsbad, USA
Located in southern California, The Flower Fields of Carlsbad Ranch were first planted by an enterprising settler in the 1920s, and since then have attracted visitors from around the world who come between the beginning of March until the middle of May to catch a glimpse of the acres of multi-colored Tecolote Ranunculus bulbs in bloom. After you buy an entry ticket, you can explore the fields on foot, or take one of their tractor-pulled wagons.
Ben Binh Dong Flower Market – Saigon, Vietnam
Every year, celebrations for Tet empties Saigon of much of its population, as many people head into the country to spend time with their families. Before they go, many city dwellers visit the Ben Binh Wharf to buy the traditional Tet gifts of kumquat trees and hoa mai flowers for their family and friends. These blossoms are sold from hundreds of wooden boats that moor at the wharf in the days leading up to Tet. Check out some of the fabulous kumquat trees for sale- elaborate specimens of these lucky trees are regularly sold for thousands of dollars.
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Provence – France
One of the most iconic images of France has to be the rolling fields of lavender that have made Provence a world-renowned tourism destination. If you’re interested in photographing, picking, or learning how to distill lavender, a holiday in Provence should definitely be at the top of your bucket list. The best time to go is between June and August, and the best areas for lavender-spotting are in the Luberon, Sault, and Valreas regions. If you’re interested in history as well as lavender soaps, syrups, and sachets, there’s a Lavender Museum in Cabrières-d’Avignon that’s definitely worth a visit.