Find inspiration for your own spring garden at these popular flower festivals and garden shows!
By Leah Chester-Davis
The first hints of spring have folks itching to get out and dig in the dirt after the cold days of winter. Spring happens first at home and garden shows, followed by home and garden tours, festivals and other events. An incredible array of plants along with inspiration is in full bloom at these gardening events.
Philadelphia Flower Show | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Feb. 29-Mar. 8, 2020
Escape to the Riviera without leaving the country! “Riviera Holiday” is the theme for this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show, the nation’s largest and longest-running horticultural event. The nine-day horticultural extravaganza celebrates the plants and landscapes of the Mediterranean climate. Acres of stunning landscapes and other features delight visitors. Events take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Southern Spring Home & Garden Show | Charlotte, North Carolina
Feb. 28- Mar. 1 and Mar. 6 – 8, 2020
The largest gardening show in the Carolinas welcomes spring with a full slate of showcase gardens centered on this year’s theme, “Vintage South.” Home improvement, gardening and design experts provide inspirational lectures and plenty of DIY tips and advice. Save time for the marketplace hall. Held at The Park Expo and Conference Center.
Festival of Houses & Gardens | Charleston, South Carolina
Mar. 11-Apr. 18, 2020
Historic Charleston opens its doors and garden gates during this annual festival, the perfect chance to get a rare glimpse of private homes and gardens in one of America’s most beloved cities. Enjoy other events such as history walks, concerts, a picnic and oyster roast and wine, spirit or beer tastings.
Biltmore Blooms | Asheville, North Carolina
Apr. 1-May 21, 2020
Colorful spring blossoms blanket Biltmore’s landscape, showing off a rich tapestry of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and flowering trees and shrubs during the annual celebration of spring. Formal and informal gardens designed by America’s foremost landscape architect of the 19th century, Frederick Law Olmstead, grace the lovely grounds. Find gardening advice at “Ask a Gardener” stations on weekends in the Walled Garden.
North Carolina Azalea Festival | Wilmington, North Carolina
Apr. 1-5, 2020 and Azalea Garden Tour (April 3-5)
Springtime blooms inspire a community-wide celebration in this coastal city with lots of family events. The Cape Fear Garden Club also hosts an Azalea Garden Tour Apr. 3-5, 2020. The tour will feature 10 private gardens along with Airlie Gardens and Harbor Way Garden. Tickets at local garden centers and online at www.azaleagardentour.org
Asheville Spring Herb Festival | Asheville, North Carolina
May 1-3, 2020
This festival features all things herbs, and is the largest herb festival in the country. Find hundreds of herb varieties along with knowledgeable growers and herb enthusiasts who are happy to provide helpful advice. Herbal medicine, herbal soaps and shampoos, CBD oil products, gourmet cooking herbs, cookbooks, organic seeds and heirloom vegetable starts are available.