Where to take in the beautiful sight of cherry blossoms, tulips, lilacs

In Japan, the cherry trees are expected to begin blooming around March 24 in Tokyo and March 27 in Kyoto, according to a forecast on the Japan National Tourism Organization website.

Neighbourhood Lifestyle Desk/Avi Arya: We’re coming up on cherry blossom festivals, tulip time and lilac season. Here’s a look at some of the places that celebrate spring flowers with festivals and other events.

TULIP TIME:You could go to the Netherlands to see the Keukenhof gardens in Lisse, which are planted with 7 million flowering bulbs — tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and more — blooming March 22-May 13. Or you could visit Holland, Michigan, which hosts a Tulip Time Festival May 5-13. The city planted 100,000 tulips back in 1929, and the annual celebration of the tulip now includes entertainment, costumes, parades and activities.

CHERRY BLOSSOMS:In Washington, D.C., the projected peak date for cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin will be March 17-20, with the National Cherry Blossom Festival running March 20-April 15.

FLOWER FESTS ELSEWHERE:In Rochester, New York, the annual Lilac Festival is May 11-20. Organizers say the event draws more than 500,000 people to see not just the largest lilac collection in the U.S., but also music and comedy shows, art exhibits, a race and more.

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