5 surprising ways to celebrate gardens this spring

From magical light installations in an arboretum to a giant greenhouse in an airport, places around the world go green.

With spring’s arrival come grand displays of technicolor blooms, most famously at places such as Holland’s Keukenhof Tulip Gardens and Japan’s cherry tree-adorned Mount Yoshino. Here are five more-surprising ways to celebrate the wonder of plants around the world.

During the year since its opening in April 2019, the Jewel complex at Singapore’s Changi Airport has become a destination in its own right. Along with shops and restaurants, find a terrarium-like dome with more than 2,000 trees and 100,000 shrubs—plus the 131-foot-high Rain Vortex, the world’s largest indoor waterfall. Jewel, located outside the airport security zone, is next to Terminal 1 and an easy connection (via pedestrian bridge or shuttle) from Terminals 2, 3, and 4.

How does your garden glow? At South Carolina’s Brookgreen Gardens, it’s through large-scale light installations. In the evenings from April 8 through September 12, “Bruce Munro at Brookgreen: Southern Light” features immersive mixed media experiences by the acclaimed British artist in seven different garden areas. Expect one of the most mesmerizing to be Field of Light, LED-illuminated stems stretching across 6.5 acres of the arboretum.

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