From May 2013 you will be able to visit wildflower festivals at five sites across Europe to experience the beauty of the plant rich landscapes and a diversity of local cultural events.
Visit the alpine meadows around Lake Bohinj, the ancient agricultural systems of Hvar, the Garden of Orpheus in the Rhodope Mountains, the Saxon villages of Transylvania and the striking coasts and landscapes of Northern Scotland. Take a tour with local guides, taste the local food, visit the markets for local products, and enjoy a range of artistic, musical and cultural events.
The festivals are aimed at local, national and international visitors and have a range of activities for families, plant or culture enthusiasts, and those who simply want to enjoy beautiful and interesting surroundings. Many of the activities are free or have a small charge. Please clink on the links to find out more about each of the festival sites.
Each of the festivals will take place in areas of exceptional botanical and cultural interest. They are all recognised as ‘Important Plant Areas’ under the Convention on Biological Diversity, and are Natura 2000 sites or National Parks. The aims of the wildflower festivals are to raise awareness of how special these areas are, and to bring economic benefits to local individuals and businesses (local food & craft products, tourism services, etc) that may help to preserve these landscapes for the future.