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By The Associated Press
Saturday, March 9, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Snow is still in the forecast for some locales, but other places are getting ready for spring. And the season's beauty will be on display with festivals and flower shows around the country, from events showcasing cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. and Brooklyn, N.Y., to celebrations of dogwoods, camellias and azaleas in the South, to apple blossom and tulip festivals in the Northwest.

Here are some of the best and biggest festivals and flower shows around the United States this spring, along with some notable botanical gardens where something is always in bloom.


Garden Conservancy's Open Days (more than 300 private gardens in 18 states open to public on select dates March-November,

Celebrate Spring, through April 30, Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga.,

Philadelphia Flower Show, through March 10, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia,

Dallas Blooms, through April 7, Dallas Arboretum,

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, through May 19, Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.,

Chicago Flower & Garden Show, through March 17, Navy Pier, Chicago,

Boston Flower & Garden Show, March 13-17, Seaport World Trade Center, Boston,

Wistaria Festival, March 17, Sierra Madre, Calif.,

San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, March 20-24, San Mateo Event Center, San Mateo, Calif.,

National Cherry Blossom Festival, March 20-April 14, Washington, D.C.,

Festival of Flowers, March 21-24, Bellingrath Gardens, Theodore, Ala. (near Mobile),

Biltmore Blooms Festival of Flowers, March 21-May 31, Biltmore Estate, Asheville, N.C.,

Camellia Walks, through March 23, Middleton Place, Charleston, S.C.,

Hatsume Fair, March 23-24, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, Fla.,

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, April 1-30, Mt. Vernon, Wash.,

Daffodil Days, April 6-28, Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, Bristol, R.I.,

Atlanta Dogwood Festival, April 19-21, Piedmont Park, Atlanta,

Garden Club of Virginia's Historic Garden Week, tours at various sites, April 20-27,

Washington State Apple Blossom Festival, April 25-May 5, Wenatchee, Wash.,

Daffodil Festival, April 26-28, Nantucket, Mass.,

Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, April 26 -May 5, Winchester, Va.,

Sakura Matsuri Festival, April 27-28, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, N.Y.,

Pella Tulip Time, May 2-4, Pella, Iowa,

Tulip Time Festival, Holland, Mich,, May 4-11,

Lilac Festival, May 10-19, Rochester, N.Y.,


Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, Wash.,

Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland,

Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix,

Dumbarton Oaks Gardens, Washington D.C.,

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, Fla.,

Garden in the Woods, Framingham, Mass.,

Holden Arboretum, Kirtland, Ohio,

International Rose Test Garden, Washington Park, Portland, Ore.,

Huntington Botanical Gardens, San Marino, Calif.,

Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland, Ore.,

Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pa.,

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston, S.C.,

Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Mo.,

New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York,

San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco,

U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory, Washington, D.C.,

Wave Hill, Bronx, N.Y.,

Winterthur Garden, Winterthur, Del.,

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