ANGEL MADISON

Spring is on its way! The days are getting longer, warmer temps are here and soon flowers will be in bloom. Take the family to one of these flower festivals where you can marvel at natural beauty or take some plants back home.

CLIFF BECKETT / Tulips at Dalton Farms

Starting March 28

Tulip Festival
Dalton Farms, Swedesboro
There will be over one million tulips in full display, from classic varieties like the single early tulip to the exotic ones. Wander through the fields, pick your favorite tulips, and take them home as souvenirs. Kids can meet the Easter Bunny, who will be visiting the farm on March 30 and 31. There are also paddle boats and live music from local artists on the weekends. There will be wineries and food vendors on site.

BECCA MATHIAS / Longwood Gardens Spring Blooms – Tulips

March 30 to May 5

Spring Blooms
Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA
Walk amongst 150,000 incredibly beautiful tulips that will line the 600-foot-long Flower Garden Walk by mid-April. There will also be flowering magnolias, cherry trees and dogwoods. You’ll get to see the newly reopened Idea Garden. Inside the Conservatory you’ll see and smell freesias, lilies, jasmine, hydrangeas, pansies and foxgloves. Don’t miss the Meadow Garden, filled with Carolina silverbells, Eastern redbuds, flowering dogwoods, and sweet azaleas.

ANGEL MADISON / Holland Ridge Farms

Starting in April

Holland Ridge Farms U-Pick Tulips
Holland Ridge Farms, Cream Ridge
Every spring and fall, the flower fields burst into bloom with millions of rainbow tulips, sunflowers, gladiolus, dahlias and lilies. You can pick flowers, take photos and eat at the bakery and food trucks.

Presby Memorial Iris Gardens
474 Upper Mountain Ave., Montclair
Visit the “rainbow on the hill” where you can view more than 14,000 irises of approximately 3,000 varieties that produce over 10,000 blooms over the course of the season.

cherry blossoms
credit: ©istockphoto.com / andykazie / Cherry blossoms in Newark

April 6, 7, 13, 1,4

Bloomfest!
Essex County Branch Book Park, Newark
There are four days of activities to celebrate the cherry blossom season. April 6 is a bike ride, April 7 is a 10K run, and April 13 is a 1-Mile Fun Run and Family Day. During Bloomfest! on April 14, the family fun day is filled with Japanese cultural demos, kids’ activities, live music, a crafters marketplace and food.

April 7

Tulip Day
Union Square Park, New York, NY
You can pick tulips to create your own bouquet – for free!

April 13

Daffodil Day
Main Street, Moorestown
Spring arrives with horse-drawn carriages, live entertainment by local musicians, arts & crafts demonstrations, sidewalk sales, merchant specials – and lots of daffodils!

Cherry Blossom Watercolor Painting Workshop
Eclectic Chic Boutique, Montclair
This isn’t a festival, but teens and adults will get step-by-step instructions on how to paint cherry blossoms on a canvas.

REEVES-REED ARBORETUM

April 14

Daffodil Day
Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit
The day’s activities will include spring-themed games and crafts, story and history trails, art, music, food and market vendors, and the Green Goats. Because the arboretum is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the event will have a 1970s theme, so feel free to wear tie-dyed T-shirts, bell bottoms and vintage threads.

MARGATE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION / Cherry Blossom Festival

Margate’s Cherry Blossom Festival
Margate Community Church, Margate
Wear your funkiest tie-dyed T-shirt to welcome spring, and bop along to the sounds of The Grateful Dead tribute band Dead Reckoning. There will be kids’ games and activities (egg, spoon, potato sack and three-legged races), cornhole boards, a petting zoo, Tai Chi demos, food, wine and beer, arts and crafts, a vendor market, a “grooviest dog” contest, and lots of environmental exhibitors.

MIKE MCCORMICK / Daffodil Days Festival in Allentown

April 17-24

Daffodil Days Festival
Historic Village of Allentown, Allentown
More than 5,000 daffodils will be planted by volunteers all across town. Meet King Alfred Daffodil and his court amongst the blooms of Sensi Park with free activities for children. Join in the Welcome Spring Gala on April 21 for an elegant evening in the McCormick home.

RURIK HALABY / DAFFODIL FESTIVAL & EARTH DAY FAIR IN RIDGEWOOD

April 21

Daffodil Festival & Earth Day Fair
Van Neste Square, Ridgewood
Many interactive eco-themed activities will include educational displays, demos and crafts, in addition to a petting zoo, recycling magician, musical entertainment from the Blue Plate Special and activities for kids. A highlight every year is the Daffy Dog Parade, where leashed dogs and their owners are welcome to dress in costume to win prizes.

Through April 21

The Orchid Show
New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx, NY
This year’s theme is Florals in Fashion. A handful of fashionistas have created picture-perfect floral displays. You’ll have a chance to “walk the runway” and show off your own personal flair.

GARDEN STATE AFRICAN VIOLET CLUB

May 4

Garden State African Violet Club’s Show & Plant Sale
Mercer County Community College Center, West Windsor
There will be hundreds of African violets and other flowers on display and available for purchase.

Spring Blossom Festival
Riamede Farm, Chester
Hop on a hayride, watch a beekeeping demo, take a hot air balloon ride, listen to live music, visit the 4H animals and backyard chickens, shop at the vendor market, order from the food trucks and beer garden vendors, and pick up farm-grown veggie and flower starters for your home garden.

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP / Azalea Festival

May 11

Azalea Festival
Sayen Gardens, Hamilton Twp.
Sayen Gardens features a magnificent display of over 250,000 flowering bulbs, including dogwoods, azaleas and rhododendrons. Throughout the festival, you can tour the Sayen House, visit crafters and vendors, grab a bite to eat from food trucks and listen to music.

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