Blossoms by the park are a sight to behold, and with spring in full bloom, there’s no better time to take a stroll through the city and enjoy the beautiful blossoms that adorn many of the city’s parks. From the iconic cherry trees that grace the sylvan paths of Washington, DC, to lesser-known groves in the state of Michigan, it’s easy to see why these blooms have been a favorite for generations.
The best places to see the blossoms of spring varies from year to year, so it’s always worth visiting your local botanical garden or park to see which flowers are in bloom. This can help you plan your visit and save money on transportation costs while catching a glimpse of the flowers that are in full bloom.
In Portland, Oregon, the rhododendrons and azaleas in Descanso Gardens are a show-stopping display of color every spring. These rare plants are among the most prized in the world, and when they are in bloom, you can experience their beauty firsthand.
This 9-acre garden in Southeast Portland is home to thousands of rhododendrons, including some of the world’s most rare species. Each year, the 2,500 flowering rhododendron and azalea plants wake up from their winter nap, revealing a rainbow of colors for you to admire.
There are also a variety of other flowers in the park to look out for during your visit, like the tulips, daffodils, crocuses and irises that are just starting to pop open. It’s possible to visit this horticultural wonderland during all four seasons, but it is the springtime blooms that make this spot extra special.
The National Trust is encouraging people to share their best photos of blossoms on social media as part of the #BlossomWatch campaign. It’s a fun way to share your love of the flowering plants in your neighborhood or across the country, and we’d love to see your photos!
For more information, check out the What’s in Bloom resource page on their website. It’s a great way to find out which flowers are in bloom and when they will be in season for your next trip, whether you’re planning a picnic or just enjoying a walk through the gardens.
Some of the blossoms in the UK are only available during certain months, so it’s always a good idea to consult your local florist or nursery for advice about which blossoms are in bloom at your destination. Some of the most common are the daffodils and tulips, which can be seen in parks and along forest paths from February to May, while some of the more elusive blossoms include the St John’s-wort, which will only appear at certain times of the year, and the lupines, which typically only bloom when temperatures are warm enough.
During the bloom, be sure to stay on the path as some of the flowers will die if you touch them. They’ll be unable to spread their seeds, which means less blooms the following year.