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Near and Far

Jamie Jones of Whirlaway Travel explores some travel options abroad and highlights their local counterparts

As I’m sitting in my kitchen looking outside, it’s hard to imagine that in just a few weeks all of the snow on the ground will be replaced by young blades of grass, budding blooms on the trees and tulips pushing their way through the newly thawed ground. Every year we look forward to getting out into the yard, trying to create an outdoor retreat for enjoying the warmer months. When we first moved in, we made use of the hostas. Then we tore them out. Last year we planted Hydrangeas, a vegetable garden, and some new perennials. This summer we plan on working on the front of the house to up our curb appeal. When Bobby and I got married we wanted to have the ceremony and reception at my parents’ farm. We envisioned a refined yet laid back celebration with incredible cuisine and competitive horseshoe games. Leading up to the event my parents hired Flowers and More Inc to turn the farm into a blooming wonderland that gave Longwood Gardens a run for its money. Renee, Dominic and their team designed and executed a landscape in a few short months that a home gardener could never pull off. Now, nine years later, there are still remnants of that beautiful day that come out of hibernation every spring. Flowers and More doesn’t just design landscapes — they also offer spring clean-up services, ongoing maintenance or “a cleaning lady for the outside of your house,” holiday light decorating, hardscaping, pond installation and container services. We hired them a few years ago to clean out a lot of overgrowth and debris that had accumulated in the back of our yard. What would have taken my husband a month of weekends was completed in one day. If all of that doesn’t keep Renee and Dominic busy enough, they are also the presenting sponsors of the annual Barclay and Friends Secret Garden Tour, held in September. Speaking of garden tours, many of those who travel with us visit destinations specifically for the flora. Japan hosts an annual Cherry Blossom Festival that draws visitors by the millions. Garden Tours through England are wildly popular. Holland welcomes visitors annually to the Dutch Tulip Festival and the opening of Keukenhof Gardens, where tulips bloom through the month of April. Bulbs are planted three deep to ensure that there is a consistent array of tulips. Artistic displays indoors are a fragrant sight to be seen. With festivals come hordes of people who can turn what was planned as a flower-lover’s dream into an agoraphobic’s nightmare. I recommend hiring a private guide to navigate through the masses and get some insider access to areas not available to the general public and knowledge that only a true expert can offer. Traveling for festivals and gardens can be a memorable way to experience a new destination and see its natural beauty. Whether you plan to travel for flowers or have Flowers and More create an oasis of colorful wonder at home, be ready to embrace springtime and the rebirth of the green earth. It is only a few more weeks away… I hope. —jjones@thewcpress.com

MARCH 2019 THEWCPRESS.COM

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