Texas takes its flowers seriously

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Texas takes its flowers seriously, and April in Hill Country means peak wildflower bloom.

Landscape architects work tirelessly to cultivate 800,00 acres of highway median blossoms, sowing new seeds and pruning existing buds. For the best wildflower vistas, follow the scenic, self-guided Texas Hill Country Wildflower Trail, where you’ll spot the finest blooms Austin, San Antonio, Fredericksburg and San Marcos have to offer – we’re talking miles of bluebonnets mingling with Texas paintbrushes, winecups and primrose.

 If somehow, you fail to stumble upon them yourself, you can always call the Wildflower Hotline for up-to-date advice on where to catch the brightest blossoms.

 

Provence is in a league of its own

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Blessed with year-round blooms, be it mimosas, irises, peonies, sunflowers or its famed lavender (which makes its anticipated appearance in June

But springtime in southern France is arguably the dreamiest season, as rosemary, wild thyme and bright red poppies blanket the Cote d’Azur. Get a better look at the region that inspired Van Gogh, Cezanne and Monet by visiting the diverse, ethnobotanical herb and medicinal gardens of Jardins des Salagon, the geometric box hedges and orangery at Le Clos de Villeneuve, or Sérignan-du-Comtat for the Rare Plants and Natural Gardens Festival (June 16th-17th). 

Beautiful blooms are never lost on the French, so no worries if you can’t make it in time for spring; hold out for June when you can catch the three-day Rendez-Vous aux Jardins, which sees thousands of parks and garden being opened to the public.

 

The Pacific Northwest’s Skagit Valley

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knows that springtime celebrations run on the flowers’ schedule (and not the other way around), which is why the valley holds its fest for 30 whole days. Along with hundreds of acres of tulips, you’ll find art shows, bike tours, outdoor concerts and artisanal cheesemongers (ohh, yeah).

There’s no one “it” spot to catch blooms; rather fields are sprinkled between La Conner and Mount Vernon, with gardens blossoming in rotation year to year (last year’s unimpressive fields could be this year’s prize-winning crops, and vice versa). This go-around, the main show gardens, RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town, are your best bets for a flawless photo op. 

As you make plans, keep an eye on the bloom map for prime tulip viewing.