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Stunning Flower Shows for Group Trips

From the first sight of a robin to the glimpses of fresh grass beneath the melting snow, you can tell that spring will be here soon! Celebrating the season and all the beautiful blooms that come with it is easy with Trailways and a variety of flower shows across the country. Flower enthusiasts of all types will enjoy strolling through the themed showrooms and learning about gardening techniques. Take your gardening club to one of these shows for fresh inspiration and expertise. Each of these shows includes unique displays that will leave you awe-struck with spring fever!

South
New Orleans, Louisiana, might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of springtime, but the yearly show at the New Orleans Botanical Garden is a big hit. The first weekend of April has perfect weather for a stroll through all of the different garden displays. There is something for every gardener’s taste, be sure not to miss the Japanese Garden or the Butterfly Garden. When your group is ready to rest your legs, sit in on one of the educational programs and learn all about composting, urban gardening, or something completely different. If the little ones just can’t sit still – there are even family-friendly activities that will make your trip all the more memorable. Your group can even take home some of your favorites from the plant sale for a great souvenir that will bring you joy every spring when it blooms!

If your group is looking for a longer getaway, try out North Carolina's Azalea Festival. You and your friends could be some of the over a million people who attend the event every year, and Trailways can get you to Wilmington in style. The weeklong party celebrates the unique culture in coastal Carolina, and a helping of that famous southern hospitality. For the flower enthusiasts, there are several garden tours and galas. There is truly something for everyone at this giant festival that has drawn celebrities like Carrie Underwood, Michael Jordan, Ronald Reagan and more. This year will feature a concert from Hank Williams Jr. A historic home tour, coin show, boxing tournament and the Azalea Festival Parade will make your trip to North Carolina an eventful one.

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East
Once everything is thawed out, springtime in the eastern United States is a great time to get outdoors. Why not take your group on a trip to Providence, Rhode Island, and the 4th Annual RI Spring & Flower Garden Show. . This year will be the biggest yet, with 10,000 sq. feet of gardens to explore and the highly anticipated flower competition that will be judged by nationally accredited judges. You’re sure to see some of the world’s best creations while you are there and head home with fresh inspiration for your own gardens. In recent years they held a “Vintage Gardens” themed display that paired gardens with classic cars. The interactive events are a great opportunity for your group to laugh and learn, with ‘Make and Take’ and free soil testing! Book your Trailways transportation for your club or group soon, this event will fill up quickly.

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Central
If you and a group of your friends love HGTV and want the full home and garden experience, the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show should be at the top of your list! This year, the special guests including the Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott, and Clint Harp from Fixer Upper. That’s just a taste of what your group will experience at this expo. Every year brings tons of opportunities to learn about the latest trends and innovations in home and garden design. As one of the largest shows in the country, your group will want to book a full weekend to see all of the great features! There will be 6 different full-size feature gardens, an outdoor market and plenty of informative discussions on the custom-built garden stage. There is inspiration for your next project at every turn, whether it's a new deck, shed or water feature.

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West
If you can’t wait to get your hands in the soil, you don’t have to wait until March or April at the Northwest Flower & Garden Festival in Seattle, Washington. This event is run by gardeners, and they know what true gardeners are interested in and want from a show of this size. You won't be disappointed with a full six acres, 20 fully landscaped display gardens and 100 world-class seminars. This year’s theme “Gardens of the World” makes it a great time to come and visit Seattle, and Trailways will make it easy for you to get there in comfort. Each show garden will transport you to a new destination, and you'll feel like a world traveler by the end; maybe taking some notes on how to make your home garden as immersive. There is an event for everyone in your group, whether you want to learn a new gardening skill or just take in all the colorful design — this is a must-see event for spring.

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The large flower shows in big cities are a perennial favorite, but they tend to draw large crowds and sell-out fast. Plan ahead if you want your bus company to secure tickets, parking and hotel, if needed.

The above highlighted flower shows are definitely not the only ones worth visiting. These shows are also occurring this spring, so you can plan to enjoy one matter where your group wants to explore. Want planning your tour to be a breeze? Consider our Affiliate Partner, Great Day! Tours. Serving groups in every state, they are the foremost professionals in planning multiday trips to save you time. From creating the itinerary, sub-contracting with Trailways, hotels, attractions and more. Book your trip today!
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