Stop and Smell the Flowers

“April showers bring May flowers.” Take some time to see and smell the beautiful spring flowers.

There are many ways to appreciate spring and summer flowers. You can go for a short walk to explore local flowers or plan a day to visit a location known for its flower collection.

I enjoy exploring gardens and parks but must be careful due to my bee allergy. I carry my epi-pen and a bag of dryer sheets. There is an unproven theory that bees dislike dryer sheets’ scent.

Visit a local garden, park, or farm:

Local gardens and parks:

From the Boston Globe, It’s peak tulip time in the Boston Public Garden — and the city’s horticulturist wants you to enjoy them

A new beer garden is opening near the Boston Public Garden. Trillium Beer Garden x Emerson’s UnCommon Stage on Boston Common: Outdoor Drinks, Tacos & Live Performances

From Boston Calendar, 10 places to see spring flowers around Boston in 2023. “Experience a first-of-its-kind seasonal beer garden and performance space on Boston Common, running from May 4th to November 1st. This unique collaboration between Emerson College, Trillium Brewing Co., and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department brings a 420-seat beer garden to the heart of the city at the corner of Boylston and Tremont streets, just steps from the Boylston MBTA Green Line station. Enjoy food and beverages from Taqueria El Barrio alongside live performances on the UnCommon Stage.”

The Arnold Arboretum is worth visiting if you live in Boston. If you climb to the highest point, it has a beautiful garden and a nice city view. 

May 14th is Lilac Sunday. “Lilac Sunday is May 14 this year! Join us for our signature spring celebration and experience the bloom of our renowned collection of nearly 400 lilacs. Visit for tours with Arboretum experts, hands-on children’s programming, and more.

Visit a local farm

Cross Street Flower Farm 4 Jacobs Lane Norwell, MA

Cider Hill Farm Tulip Fest 2023 – May 6-7 & May 13-14

Wicked Tulips Flower Farm

400 Hog House Hill Road, Exeter, RI
90 Brown Avenue, Johnston, RI
382 Route 164, Preston, CT

Visit a Botanical Garden

From New England with Love, 10 Tranquil Botanical Gardens in Massachusetts.

When I was visiting Vancouver last year, I toured two botanical gardens. Both were beautiful and renewed my interest in gardens. VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver and The Butchart Gardens in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia.

Plant a garden or check out gardens in your neighborhood:

From Martha Stewart, How to Plant a Perennial Garden, From Choosing a Location to Ensuring Your Blooms Return Next Year

Buy some flowers:

Visit a Museum

Some museums have gardens on the property, like the Isabella Stewart Gardener.

You can also stay away from bugs and check out all the artwork with flowers.

Observe the flowers when you’re travelling.

Do you appreciate the flowers while visiting different cities or countries? If not, take the time to enjoy local flowers and gardens.

French flowers
Dutch market flowers
Amsterdam flowers
Italian flowers

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