If you want to see the best of the best in the flowering world in one location, flower shows are the places to visit. The most famous one is the Venerable Chelsea Flower Show, but you don’t need to travel across the Atlantic to experience floral greatness. Canada boasts of a number of flower shows that will keep you in awe of the beauty of Mother Nature. Here are some of the best flower shows that you dare not miss if you are a flower aficionado:
- Canada Blooms: This is the largest floral show in the country, and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the globe to Toronto each year. Since its inception in 1996, it has grown into a comprehensive flower and garden show that showcases and supports the best in the horticultural world.
- Toronto Flower Show: Technically a part of Canada Blooms, this competition showcases the best amateur florists and garden club members to determine who can out-bloom the other.
- Canadian Tulip Festival: Tulips from Amsterdam may be what everyone thinks about when they think of these flowers, but you may be surprised to know that the world’s largest tulip festival takes place in Ottawa. It started in commemoration of a gift of friendship of over 100,000 tulip bulbs by the Dutch royal family.
- Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival: Every year when Vancouver’s 40,000 ornamental cherry trees flower, they celebrate this gift from Japan by holding a festival that mimics the Japanese Sakura festivals. There’s even a haiku competition for poets who are economical with words.
- Le Temps des Lilas: When the time comes for the lilacs to bloom, the village of Cap-à l’Aigle, north of Quebec City, celebrates with a festival featuring over 200 varieties of lilacs.
- Bruce Peninsula Orchid Festival: The town of Tobermory plays host to a week-long celebration of orchids and wildflowers each year.