Azalea flower

Flower power
Whatever your view of Springtime, there is no doubting that April is the month when all Lucchesia returns to bloom.
From 17-19 April, the place to be is at Borgo a Mozzano in the Serchio Valley, where the Azalea Festival will be in full swing a wonderful gardeners’ market, with plants, seeds, cut flowers, gardening tools on display, which takes over the whole town. It is over fifty years since locals realised how perfect their climate is for azaleas, enough humidity, almost chalk-free water, not too hot in summer or too cold in winter. Since then, this fair has become a major event in the Italian gardening calendar.
In Lucca, itself, on the following week from 23 to 27 April, the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro will once again be filled with the stalls of local nurseries and flower sellers for the annual Flower Market in memory of Santa Zita.
Look out also for the display in the Piazza in front of the church of San Frediano (which of course houses Santa Zita’s mortal remains).
perfect timing for getting your garden, terrace, patio or window-box blooming with colour again. Look out for amateur gardeners staggering through the streets laden with plants.


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