Discover flower shows and nature with kids

Whether you want to get close to nature, learn about soil, seeds and horticulture, take pictures of orchids or even start your very own garden, we’ve found some fun ideas for you. Explore indoor & outdoor flower shows and garden exhibits throughout the New Jersey area. Tiptoe through the tulips, smell the sweet scents of fresh cut flowers, hike through the wetlands & woods or walk through beautiful gardens. You can also read all about Cherry Blossoms in NJ

The Orchid Show at The New York Botanical Garden

Feb 17, 2024 - April 21, 2024. Visit The Orchid Show: Florals in Fashion at the NYBG. Come see thousands of beautiful orchids, spectacular in color, design, and display. Designs by new fashion artists featuring a catwalk and fashion inspired flower displays with connections to the natural world. Admission ticket fee. 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY.

2024 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

March 2-10, 2024. Longest running flower show held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This year’s theme is “United by Flowers”, sharing the love of gardening through community and connections. There will be floral exhibits, landscape creations, plant competitions, family activities, educational sessions, and more! Colorful flowers & plants everywhere, many festive displays to see. Tours available, make crafts, potting parties, and Butterflies Live! Buy your tickets today. 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA. 

Macy’s Flower Show 2024

Usually held March to April. Check website for updates. FREE and open to public during store hours at Macy’s Herald Square, 34th Street in New York City. Macy's Flower Show features flowers from all over the world with thousands of beautiful blooms displayed inside the store. Local New York State flower growers are well represented. 

Daffodil Day at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Sunday, April 14, 2024, Visit one of the largest daffodil collections in Summit New Jersey, with over 50,000 bulbs in bloom. Fee for non-members. In general, this Arboretum has lovely historical grounds, display gardens, and blooms. Families can hike wooded trails and walkways. Kids can learn about nature, the outdoors, plants, flowers, and wildlife. Reeves-Reed also offers various programs for kids, teens, and families throughout the year. 

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum

FREE admission to grounds. Take a stroll through gardens, open fields, woodland, and groves of flowering trees. The Frelinghuysen Arboretum is a center for horticultural activities, educational programs, garden and flower shows. Various children’s activities are held throughout the year. Located at 353 East Hanover Ave, Morris Township, NJ. 

Laurelwood Arboretum

Open year round from 8am to dusk, Laurelwood Arboretum spans 30 acres and features woodland trails, Wetland Garden, The Pollinator Garden, Lilac Walk, Sculpture trail, ponds, streams, plants, trees and more! Wonderful place for nature lovers, kids and adults alike. Also featuring The Sensory Garden, a unique barrier free garden where all abilities can experience nature. No entrance fee, donations welcome. 725 Pines Lake Drive West, Wayne, NJ. 

New Jersey Botanical Garden at Skylands

FREE admission to garden. Located in Ringwood New Jersey, NJBG is open year round. Meander through specialty gardens surrounded by 1000 acres of woodlands and marked trails. Gardens fare filled with peonies, lilacs, azaleas, wildflowers and more! NJBG is filled with vibrant colors and a place of beauty in any season. Kids of all ages can join family hikes and walks. 

The Willowwood Arboretum

Open daily from 8am to dusk, FREE. Enjoy various gardens at the Willowwood Arboretum: Bee Meadow, Conservatory, Cottage Garden, Cypress Lawn, Hacklebarney Field, Hillside Pasture and more! Each filled with different types of shrubs, trees, flowers and plants. 300 Longview Road, Chester Township, NJ.

Rutgers Garden

Open year round, FREE admission. Explore 180 acres of gardens and natural habitats at Rutgers Garden. Kids can make their own nature discoveries. Plenty of gardens to see including vegetable, flower, rain, tree collection, bamboo grove, woodland, frog pond, pollinator garden and more! Located at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers, 12 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ. 

Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Bloom

From April 1 - May 12, 2024, visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and see all the spring time flowers in bloom - magnolias, daffodils, cherry blossoms, tulips, lilacs, primroses, dwarf irises, forget-me-nots, and violets, and much more! 

Discovery Garden at The Brooklyn Botanic Garden

The BBG Discovery Garden is kid friendly and filled with garden wildlife. Children can uncover the mysteries of plants, bees, birds, butterflies and more! Participate in Spring First Discoveries or Spring Family Discovery Weekends. Admission fee. 1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY. 

Longwood Gardens Spring Blooms

March 2024 - May 5, 2024. Spring is in the air and it’s a perfect time to visit Longwood Gardens and see vibrant blooms on display, from tulips to roses. Walk around beautiful gardens, fountains, meadows and more! Kids can let loose in the indoor Children’s Garden. Admission fee. 1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square, PA.

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