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Lake Geneva shore in bloom

The Tulip Festival in Morges takes place every year in April and May (picture: Switzerland Tourism) swissinfo.ch

Several towns on the shores of Lake Geneva will be celebrating the arrival of spring with flower festivals. Morges will kick off the events with its annual Tulip Festival from April 7 to May 13.

This content was published on April 6, 2001 - 08:09

Around 100,000 tulips, narcissi, hyacinths and daffodils will provide a riot of colour in the Parc de l'Indépendance. It will be the festival's 30th anniversary, and folk music and other entertainment will add to the attraction over the weekend.

It will be the turn of the nearby village of Vullierens from mid-May to mid-June, when the iris and lily take pride of place. No less than 500 species will be on colourful show at the 18th century Château de Vullierens.

A little further along the shore, the Montreux-Vevey region will be celebrating what is known locally as "Snowtime in May", thanks to the narcissi, in bloom in the fields high above the twin towns.

Local nature lovers have set up an association to protect the flower, and there are special trails through the fields allowing hikers a close look at its natural splendour.

The Montreux-Vevey tourist office is offering special package arrangements and has information on additional attractions in the region related to the narcissus.

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