What is it about natural beauty that beckons us to travel for miles across the country, down a country lane, up a winding mountain road or to tropical paradises just to gaze at and gush over flowering cherry trees, azaleas in full bloom, the beauty of roses, or to take in a breathtaking sunrise or sunset scene? I’m sure there are a multitude of reasons, but the one thing that strikes me most is that people can be seen smiling, along with the oohs and ash’s while clicking away on cameras and cell phones alike.
Depending on personal preferences, many find festivals where the flora (flowers, trees and bushes) is still in its natural habitat (on bushes, plants or trees); but, there are as many who not only appreciate the beauty of a multitude of flowers, but the creativity and engineering feats of flower festooned floats, or perhaps flower petals, leaves, seeds and the like magically appearing as flower carpets and other floral wonders to behold.
No matter if it is the aroma of fragrant roses wafting through the air, or the sight of a field of blue bonnets gently swaying along the Texas plains, or the thrill of seeing sunshine yellow jonquils whispering spring is around the corner; let’s face it, our general spirits are lifted with the site of nature’s beauty.
Perhaps this is the reason for the popularity of ‘flower festivals’ like the International Cherry Blossom Festival, held in Macon, Georgia (dubbed the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World with its 300,000+ Yoshino Cherry Trees in bloom occurs in early spring – it’s joined by the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, commemorating the gift of Japanese Cherry Trees to foster a closer relationship between the United States and Japan.
Apple Blossoms abound in the Shenandoah Valley where in Winchester, Virginia the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival features guest celebrities, races, concerts and dances among many more festivities during the month of May.
What could be more natural than wild flowers, which is celebrated in a festival in Crested Butte, Colorado during the month of July, or further west, we might be speaking of the Portland (Oregon) Rose Festival or in Tyler, Texas another festival of roses beckons visitors from near and far.
Not to be outdone by those Western flower aficionados is Rochester, New York’s Lilac Festival, hosted in early May. How about these other festivals; such as the Tulip Festival in Holland, Michigan, or how about Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival in Orlando, Florida and the Biltmore Festival of Flowers in Ashville, North Carolina.
So many flowers, so many scents, so much beauty!