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Deciding on the type of flowers you want to send is often half the battle, particularly if you know next to nothing about blooms in the first place. We can assist you with your decision, with expert advice and knowledge that will help to make sure whatever you pick will leave the recipient happy and touched, and then deliver the bouquet or basket to any address in France – whether you want to send birthday blooms to a place of work, or fill your home with flowers for an anniversary celebration.
With rural areas aplenty, France is one of the best places in Europe to go if you want to take part in flower-based events and celebrations. The south of France is renowned for fields of wildflowers, winding country lanes and fragrant blooms, and is also where the famous Mimosa is found; the Mediterranean temperature means that lots of plants and flowers often scarce elsewhere are abundant here.
If you’re paying a visit in winter, you might be lucky enough to be around for the one of the world’s oldest celebrations, the Nice Carnival. Held in February, the twelve day party consists of floats, street musicians, artists, dancers, and stalls selling food, drink and gifts, and finishes with Mardi Gras on the last day. Aside from the spectacular entertainment, there’s also a dedicated flower section; twenty flower covered floats pass by, adorned in blooms, and models throw gladioli, mimosas, gerberas, daisies and roses at the crowd.
Anyone heading to France in May should almost certainly check out the famous annual flower festival in Tournon. Attracting visitors from all over the world, the Tournon d’Agenais Flower Festival leaves local cobbled streets lined with flower sellers and abundant displays, and visitors can go home with a variety of plants and flowers, such as geraniums, roses, delphiniums and bedding plants. Refreshment can be found from local cafés, where owners set their tables and chairs out on the path to give the perfect view of the colourful displays.
Introduced to France in the mid-nineteenth century, the Mimosa flower was a vital crop for the local economy, but when frosts killed the trees, it took over two years for them to recover. To celebrate the trees coming back to life, the Mimosa Festival or Fete du Mimosa began in 1932, and has occurred every year ever since. The celebration begins with the election of the Mimosa Queen, and then continues with parades, street entertainment and decorations using twelve tonnes of Mimosa flowers.
Fans of roses certainly shouldn’t miss the Altera Rosa event in Avignon, held in May; this year saw the tenth anniversary of the festivities which annually brings visitors rose related fashion shows, theatre, dance, concerts and light shows, and offers the opportunity to view exhibitions, take part in workshops and see some of the finest examples of rose breeding in Europe.
Known as the ‘perfume capital of the world’, Grasse in the South of France is full of ancient cobbled streets, beautiful old buildings and several local shops, and is strongly scented with the sweet smell of flowers. If you happen to be visiting in early August, you might be lucky enough to witness the annual Fete du Jasmin, a regular celebration which marks the start of the jasmine harvest; visitors can expect and exciting flower battle, parades of floats decked out in florals, and the chance to buy locally produced, jasmine scented products.
Fans of landscape design really shouldn’t miss the International Garden Festival, which is held at Chaumont on a yearly basis, and has a different theme with every event; 2014 was the year of the seven deadly sins, and visitors were able to see some of the most daring garden design and plant species, as horticulturists worked themes such as extravagance and excesses into their exhibitions.
While you might not be able to bring any souvenirs home from the festivals with you, it’s perfectly easy to create a beautiful reminder of them by simply organising a regular flower delivery to your home or place of work. From jasmine to geraniums, roses to rhododendrons, We Flowers can turn your inside space into a decadent, highly scented floral heaven.
If you prefer to stay away from the crowds that accompany festivals and parades, there are countless gardens that are worth paying a visit to all over France; from the châteaus and historic gardens of the Loire Valley to the gardens of Paris, which provide a welcome break from shopping and city living, there’s something to suit everyone.
Known as the ‘Garden of France’, the Loire Valley contains some of the best flower and plant displays in the country, with examples of English style borders rubbing shoulders with more traditional French gardens. For something entirely different, Le Parc Oriental de Maulevrier is the largest Japanese garden in France, and has been certified as completely authentic. Originally designed at the end of the nineteenth century, the park now covers 29 hectares and includes flower species such as camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons – unlike other gardens, the park is interestingly open at night as well. A rather different kind of garden in the Loire, Jardin Camifolia began as a small collection of medicinal plants, and now has vast beds and terraces of scented plants, chamomile flowers and even an area dedicated to poisonous plants.
If you’re staying in Paris, it’s always worth looking up a few local gardens, as they can provide a peaceful contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city. History lovers simply cannot miss the Gardens of the Château de Versailles; one of the largest gardens ever made, it covers over 800 hectares, and includes 300 hectares of forest and several ‘mini gardens’. This impressive space not only features an impossible number of plants and flowers, but also boasts 372 statues, 55 water features, 600 fountains and 35km of canals – if you want to see everything, it’s probably best to dedicate a few days to this incredible garden. For something slightly smaller, the Parc Floral de Paris is one of four gardens which together make up the Paris botanic garden; while it may not have any canals or forest, it does feature large collections of plants and flowers, and also has several themed gardens and exhibitions which change regularly throughout the year.