The beauty and rejuvenation of spring has finally arrived. It is the time of year that longer days and warmer weather lift our spirits and clear out the cobwebs. To welcome it with open arms, Journeys by Van Dyke has put together a list of the most impressive flower markets around the world. Roses, tulips, orchids, lilies abound, these markets are veritable open-air museums, showcasing the most brilliant colors and lovely scents in the natural world. Discover our selection of seven flower markets around the world and their most notable flowers that will inspire you to transform your garden, patio or windowsill into a dream outdoor space! We have also included below a selection of 5 essential books that will help you transform your garden into a beautiful oasis of peace, and the perfect place for summer relaxation!
SEVEN FLOWER MARKETS AROUND THE WORLD
1. QUEEN ELIZABETH II FLOWER MARKET - PARIS, FRANCE
Made up of pavilions dating back to the year 1900, Marché aux Fleurs - Reine Elisabeth II is draped in decor reminiscent of the captivating tales of Madame Bovary. It is in the centre of the Place Louis-Lépine square that this sublime market offers its visitors a grand assortment of flowers and plants including iris, freesia, jasmine and tuberose. Each Sunday, it is the birds' turn to show off their striking colours and charming songs, when the flower market is transformed into a bird market to the delight of ornithologists and common visitors alike.
2. QUANG BA FLOWER MARKET - HANOI, VIETNAM
Housed under myriad multicolour umbrellas, the Quang Ba Flower Market is unlike any other market in the world. Used as offerings in temples, during Têt Nguyên Dan (Lunar New Year), and as an integral part of their ancestral traditions, flowers are essential for the Vietnamese people. This magical place is akin to a Christmas tree market, but with magnificent tropical flowers. Sunflowers, roses, chrysanthemums, orchids and lavender offer you a kaleidoscopic spectacle and a treat for the nose!
3. PAK KHLONG TALAT - BANGKOK, THAILAND
The 3,000 stalls that make up the Pak Khlong Talat market offer visitors a clean and comfortable place to shop for flowers produced as far away as Chang Mai, located 9 hours north. Top sellers in this market include jasmine flowers, lilies, bright yellow marigolds, and herbaceous plants. It's also mesmerizing to watch the talented flower merchants assemble magnificent phuang malai, floral garlands that can be found for sale on nearly every street corner in Thailand.
4. BLOEMENMARKT - AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
The Dutch passion for flowers has survived the test of time, and that is no clearer than at the 140-year-old Bloemenmarkt flower market. Historically it welcomed hundreds of boats daily, filled to the brim with plants and flowers for sale. Today, this famous floating flower market is an institution to locals and a prime destination for tourists flocking there to admire tulips of all colors and to purchase bulbs as souvenirs.
5. ADDERLEY STREET FLOWER MARKET - CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
Adderley Flower Market is one of the oldest markets in Cape Town, born over 120 years ago when flower producers started selling the excess flowers nearby Stuttafords department store wouldn’t purchase. Some sellers are professional third or forth-generation shop keepers, while others are home growers keeping the cottage industry alive. This collection of vendors as colourful as their products add a sparkle to the city thanks to their lilies, roses and daisies.
6. CAMPO DEI FIORI - ROME, ITALY
The Campo dei Fiori or Field of Flowers in English is one of the main piazzas in Rome, and occupies an important place in the hearts of the Roman people. Founded in the 15th century, this region was literally a sumptuous meadow teeming with wildflowers and tasty vegetables. Today, this market is as lively by day as by night, when the terraces are filled with tourists and locals looking for a tasty Spritz.
7. PHOOL MANDI, NEW DELHI, INDIA
In India, jasmine flowers decorate women's hair, garlands of marigolds frame the entrance to houses and rose petals decorate places of worship. Welcome to Phool Mandi, one of the largest flower markets in the world. This market attracts thousands of visitors every day, including wedding planners, vendors, locals and of course, curious little ones. This maze of passages exhibits sublime flowers arriving from around the world including South Africa, Thailand, China and the Netherlands. Visitors can admire flowers as common as gerberas and marigolds and as rare as anthuriums and white orchids. A real treat for the eyes.
FIVE ESSENTIAL BOOKS FOR GARDENING FLOWERS
THE WELL-TENDED PERENNIAL GARDEN
This book is considered a perennial favourite among gardeners (pun intended). Learn about all the special techniques hobbyists and professionals use to plan, plant, and tend to perennials to keep them coming back healthy, season after season. Learn about deadheading, pinching, thinning, maintenance schedules, and much more.
FLORET FARM'S CUT FLOWER GARDEN
When it comes to local flowers, they are just a pretty on display in an arrangement, as they are in a well-planned garden. In this book Washington flower expert Erin Benzakein shares her love for the farm-to-centerpiece movement, covering not only how to grow a great garden, but also how to arrange your flowers into lovely, intricate designs.
For those wearing rose-coloured glasses this growing season, this book is dedicated to the pretty, prickly flower. Be inspired to grow 60 different specimens, from the easiest to the most expert varieties.
THE COMPLETE GARDENER
The practice of gardening has evolved in the 21st century and the Complete Gardener has been written to help flower gardeners learn how to create a modern, self-sustaining oasis. This book walks through how to grow organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs alongside local flowers to create a lush, healthy garden that is the envy of the neighbourhood.
FLOWER COLOR GUIDE
One of the best places to start when planning a garden, planter box or bouquet is to choose your ideal colour palette. The Flower Colour Guide is one of the most complete reference books that has organized flowers by types and colours, making planning a garden as easy as flipping from beautiful page to beautiful page.
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