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Check Out Spring’s Spectacular Flower Blooms Live From the Safety of Your Home

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by Eben Diskin Apr 3, 2020

Despite everything that’s going on, nature takes its course and flowers are blooming around the world. Because going out in busy areas isn’t possible right now, it’s tough to experience spring in all its glory. Thankfully, several gardens and public spaces are streaming their blooms online. In real time, you can watch cherry blossoms, tulips, orchids, and other flowers blossoming and signaling the arrival of spring.

Among these blooming events are the New York Botanical Garden’s “Orchid Show.” Every spring the garden turns its Enid A. Haupt Conservatory into a greenhouse for blooming orchids. This year, however, “The Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope” will be a virtual event that you can take in from home.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, is one of the country’s best-known spring events, and this year you can attend via the Bloom Cam and virtual festival. The live feed will allow you to see the city’s iconic 3,800 cherry trees around the Tidal Basin, without having to worry about socially distancing yourself from thousands of other people.

In the Netherlands, the tulip industry has taken a massive hit due to the coronavirus crisis, but that doesn’t mean the tulips themselves are hiding underground. At the Keukenhof Gardens, one of the largest flower gardens in the world, the crowds won’t be descending upon the tulip fields this spring — but that’s okay. The garden is releasing a series of videos, including a tour with the garden’s managing director, to keep you connected to your favorite Dutch flower.

Other virtual flower experiences include a live stream of the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve and a virtual tour of the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show in London.

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