Your Guide to Michigan's Spring and Summer Flower Festivals

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Love, joy, grief, friendship -- flowers are nature's gift for any occasion. With the florist industry generating an estimated $7 billion dollars in revenue every year, flowers are perhaps one of the most universally understood gestures of goodwill.

And what better time to appreciate nature's prettiest gift than the onset of Springtime? While winter air may still be whirling in Michigan, warm up by scheduling visits to the state's many flower festivals. 

Tulip Time, Holland - May 6-14

Holland's Tulip Time festival celebrates the history of the Dutch settlers bringing Tulips to the city. This relic, which was left on the shores of Lake Michigan many years ago, can still be seen blooming in early May. Festival events include demonstrations of Dutch dance and culture nearly every day, along with art exhibits, trolley tours, a running race, and many other activities. 

Eastern Market Day, Detroit - May 21

This event happens every year on the Sunday after Mother's Day. Whether you are looking to furnish your home with bushels of flowers and herbs, or simply want to stop and smell the roses, you can enjoy the many flower, plant, and herb vendors who flock from all over the region to set up shop.

Lilac Festival, Mackinac Island - June 9-18

This 10-day festival invites island visitors to meander through the fragrant lilac bushes, while also enjoying an array of family-friendly activities. The festival features a 10K race, concerts, wine tasting, carriage rides, a parade, and other fun features. 

Ukrainian Sunflower Festival, Warren - August 5-6

Each year, local children plant sunflowers around the St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church in Warren. More than 25,000 attendees gather each year to celebrate the annual bloom and rich Ukrainian heritage. This festival includes dance demonstrations, Ukrainian food, crafts, music, and other activities. 

Nichols Arboretum Peony Festival, Ann Arbor - Dates Vary

According to the garden's website, The University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden is home to over 270 species of peonies. Peonies are a picky plant, however, and choose to bloom depending on the temperature. Festival attendees can generally enjoy the beautiful, fragrant flowers at some point within May and June. The garden workers keep tabs on the progress of the peonies, and will announce festival dates on their website later in the Spring. 

Want to attend any of these Michigan flower shows? Be sure to visit the festival websites for more information.

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