Different cultures and traditions all over the world have created festivals to celebrate good fortune most especially good harvest. One of the festivals that have become part of a long tradition is flower festival. In the state of California, there are different flower festivals held in different cities and towns and attended by millions of tourists annually.
What is a flower festival?
A flower festival is an annual event that is organized and celebrated by community groups or horticultural societies. Different kinds of flowers are put on public display or exhibition which will later on be sold or given away. In some events, flower festivals can be a small occasion that is attended by the locals and those people who grow plants. Other flower festivals are huge international events that are composed of well-known florists all over the world and invite a huge number of travelers and tourists to see the show.
Flower festivals are usually carefully planned so that the celebration happen at a time of year when different kinds of flowers blossom. There are some festivals that concentrate on certain plants only. In this case, the festival organizers ensure that the celebration is listed during the right season of the year for that particular species. These kinds of celebrations usually occur in major parks in the city or town in which case the park attendants or managers can choose to participate in the flower festival actively by planting the flowers that will bloom during the time of the festival. In some occasions, the flower festivals are celebrated in places of the town or city centers with heavy foot traffic in which case arrangements of flowers are usually set up on carts and temporary platforms that are strategically placed around easily-seen landmarks in the park.
There are also instances wherein the best flowers (usually chosen by a panel of judges) grown by a horticulturalist win a special prize. This encourages the participants of the festival to make sure that the flowers that they grow bloom beautifully. This also ensures that the flower entries are high quality and can easily attract potential customers’ the public’s attention.
What are different kinds of flower festivals in California?
There are different kinds of festivals in California are highly recommended for tourists and travelers. In case that you are traveling the state of California and you want to enjoy a sight of flowers, here is a list of flower festivals schedule held in major cities and towns all over California:
- Sacramento. California State Flower, Food & Garden Show, otherwise known as CA State Fine Living Show is going to be held at CA State Fine Living Expo Sacramento Convention Center, CA. This festival is going to be held on Sept. 13-15, 2013. This will includes floral arrangement design competition that is going to be joined by amateurs and professionals.
- San Diego. The Plumeria Festival is going to be held on Sept. 1 – 2, 2012 Plant Sale & Flower Show Casa Del Prado, Room 101 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event is going to be held at Balboa Park. The address is at 3325 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA. Visit socalplumeriasociety.com or plumeriafestival.com for more details about the festival.
- San Francisco. The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show is going to be held on March 20-24, 2013. The festival is going to be held at San Mateo Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo CA. The event is going to happen from Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. up to 7 p.m., and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors, guests and participants can experience 20 stunning Gardens for a Green Earth with stirring and totally daring designs and arrangements. See fragrant and beautiful flowers and other creative floral arrangements by California Garden Clubs. Tourists, visitors and travelers can purchase flowers, rare plants and other items from over 200 exhibitors. Improve your green gardening skills through seminars and displays; you can learn a great deal from the experts with five days of workshops ranging from edible gardening, design and other gardening aspects.
Attending flower festivals can greatly improve your knowledge about gardening particularly about flowers. This can help you identify the best flowers that you need to offer to your loved ones, friends, family and relatives in every occasion that requires flowers. If you are going to California this season, don’t forget to visit the abovementioned flower festivals!