Explore exotic garden shows overseas

You’ll find an eclectic mix of garden and flower show visit options when your group ventures abroad. Here are a selection to consider.

In Japan, the Flowers by Naked event has been held across the country in locations such as Tokyo, Nagoya and Okinawa, and has to-date received 500,000 visitors. This year, works were even displayed in Hong Kong and China. The immersive flower art exhibition was last held at the World Heritage Site of Nijo-jo Castle at the end of 2019. 2020 will see its 5th anniversary.

Keukenhof in Holland is one of Europe’s best known flower attractions. Every spring, the site opens for visitors to view over 7 million bulbs in bloom, with a total of 800 varieties of tulip. Besides the spacious 32 hectares of flowers, you can enjoy inspirational gardens, art and flower shows including the Tulip mania exhibition at the Juliana Pavilion. A petting farm and maze can also be found at the attraction, and there are many specialist operators that include a visit as part of an itinerary. Keukenhof will be open from 21st March to 10th May 2020, and groups can enjoy guided tours and boat trips.

In Berlin, your group may like to visit the Gärten der Welt Berlin (Gardens of the World) also known as Marzahn Recreational Park. It includes Japanese, Balinese, Middle Eastern, Korean and Christian-themed gardens as well as an Italian Renaissance Garden and a Chinese Garden of the Recovered Moon, Germany’s largest Chinese garden, which marks the reunification of the city. Groups of 15 or more are offered special rates on admission.

Every two years in Brussels, Belgium, the Carpet of Flowers covers the central Grand Place, providing a spectacular scene for visiting groups. The carpet of begonias is made by around 100 volunteers in just a few hours, using more than half a million flowers. The event next takes place from 13th to 16th August 2020.