4 Ways to Celebrate Spring in San Francisco
April showers may bring May flowers, but thanks to El Nino, California is finding that March showers bring an array of beautiful blooms. Even the North America’s driest desert, Death Valley, is having a record wildflower season.
Mother nature has gone all out, and if you are headed to the Bay Area, there are some fragrant events to celebrate the season. Gardeners, have your green thumbs at the ready.
San Francisco Flower & Garden Show
Each spring, the San Mateo Event Center hosts the San Francisco Flower & Garden show, an exhibition just south of the San Francisco International Airport – perfect for a long layover. The event is known as one of the top flower and garden shows in the U.S., covering more than five acres and home to full-size designer showcase gardens. There are hundreds of flowers and floral design exhibits and visitors can purchase tens of thousands of plants and other garden-related products to spruce up their homes.
There are also a number of demonstrations for those looking to hone their gardening skills. Learn to grow, preserve and prepare your own fresh organic food.
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Macy’s Flower Show
Union Square is really the place to be to celebrate the arrival of spring this year. It is the 70th year of the Macy’s Flower Show, which will take place March 20-April 3. This year’s theme is “America the Beautiful” and the event will take visitors on a floral road trip through the country’s varied landscapes, from Martha’s Vineyard to the Southeast, through the cactus-filled Southwest and all the way up into the Pacific Northwest.
The show will also have in-store events that include music, fashion, cooking and DIY demonstrations.
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Bouquets of Art
Art and nature collide at the de Young Museum of Art in Golden Gate Park from April 5-10. The annual Bouquets of Art features arrangements from some of the most innovative floral designers in the Bay Area and beyond – all inspired from works of art inside the gallery itself.
Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival
These stunning pink trees come to life with their bright pink blooms from April 9-10 in Japantown. The Japanese-American community comes together to celebrate the 49th annual Cherry Blossom Festival this year. They expect more than 200,000 participants this year as they put on a dazzling tribute to the color and grace of Japanese culture. Visitors should not forget to leave extra time in their schedule to explore Japantown beyond the festival. It is one of the oldest in the nation and the food bazaar, children’s village and arts and crafts are an additional treat. There are also several entertainment stages devoted to Japanese dance, martial arts and taiko drummers.
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