Tulip Time
April 13, 2015 – 8:14 am | No Comment

There’s nothing that says springtime more than a tulip festival, and there are at least a dozen from which to choose, Road Trips Gardeners. April and May are the best times to see the flowers …

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Rose Fest in Bulgaria
April 24, 2015 – 8:30 am | Comments Off

bulgaria_kazanlak_rose-festKazanlak is the center of rose oil extraction in Bulgaria, so it’s only natural that the town hosts a Rose Festival.

The 112th year of the fragrant event celebrating the Rosa damascena (Damask Rose) is set for June 5 to 8, 2015. It includes a queen contest, parade, concerts and art exhibits.

Don’t miss stopping at the Rose Museum, a part of the Historical Museum “Iskra” in Kazanlak with more than 15 000 exponents related to rose-picking and rose-production in Bulgaria.

If your Bulgarian isn’t fluent, consider going as part of a tour group. Companies offering the opportunity include Europe Travel Tours, Boiana-MG and Bulgaria Private Guide.

(Photo courtesy of Europetraveltours.net)

Harvesting Tulips in the Netherlands
April 23, 2015 – 5:30 pm | Comments Off
Garden Wonderlands of the East Coast
April 22, 2015 – 8:09 am | Comments Off
Garden Wonderlands of the East Coast

If there’s ever been a more perfect itinerary for Rod Trips Gardeners looking for a tour of East Coast gardens, it hasn’t been devised.
Consider signing up for “Adventure through the Glorious Garden Wonderlands of the …

Daylily Art & Garden Festival
April 20, 2015 – 8:39 am | No Comment
Daylily Art & Garden Festival

If you’re wandering southeast Alabama in mid-May, Road Trips Gardeners, consider a stop at the Daylily Art & Garden Festival.
It’s set for the third Saturday in May — that’s May 16, 2015, this year — …

Flower of the Day: Alstroemeria
April 18, 2015 – 8:43 am | Comments Off
Flower of the Day: Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria — also called Peruvian lilies — are native to South America. When cut, they’re a long-lasting bloom.
These blossoms were spotted in the lobby of the Vivanta by Taj President Hotel in Mumbai, India. While …

Orleans Dogwood Festival
April 17, 2015 – 8:59 am | Comments Off
Orleans Dogwood Festival

The 47th Dogwood Festival is set for April 29 through May 2, 2015, in Orleans, Indiana.
Sponsored by the Orleans Chamber of Commerce, it’s centered on Historic Congress Square downtown, but the dogwood will be flowering …

Roswell Azalea Festival
April 15, 2015 – 8:46 am | No Comment
Roswell Azalea Festival

It’s taking place right now, Road Trips Gardeners, so if you’re in Georgia — consider a stop at the Azalea Festival. It started last Saturday and runs through April 20, 2015, throughout Roswell, Georgia.
Organizers note …

“The Life of Vita Sackville-West”
April 13, 2015 – 8:04 am | Comments Off
“The Life of Vita Sackville-West”

Aristocrat, literary celebrity, ‘Rose Queen’, devoted wife, lesbian, recluse, iconoclast – Vita Sackville-West was many things, but she was never straightforward.
She is perhaps best known as the creator of England’s most-visited gardens, at Sissinghurst Castle. …

Britain’s Wild Gardens
April 8, 2015 – 8:46 am | Comments Off
Britain’s Wild Gardens

Since 1930, Britain has lost a staggering 97% of its traditional meadows. As a response to this major change to the natural landscape, a new wild garden movement is looking to ‘re-wild’ Britain’s nature and …

Humphry Repton’s Red Books
April 6, 2015 – 8:36 am | Comments Off
Humphry Repton’s Red Books

For Road Trips Gardeners heading across the pond this month, there’s a special event at the Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London, England.
An exploration of the history of the Red Books of Humphry Repton (1752-1818), …

“The Education of a Gardener”
April 3, 2015 – 8:22 am | Comments Off
“The Education of a Gardener”

The life and work of Russell Page (pictured) is on view at the Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London, England, through June 21, 2015.
Russell Page (1906-1985) is considered one of the greatest garden designers of …