All spring Almaty has been a parade of blooming plants. When the Tulips stopped blooming, the bushes and trees began, now those blooms have turned to thick green foliage and the roses have burst forth. It makes sense that Almaty would have a festival dedicated to plants and flowers.
This morning, a colleague and I set off to "Astana Square" (commonly called the "Old Square" or "Old Republic Square" by locals) to see what was going on at the local flower festival. We found the streets adjacent to the park blocked off and lined with tents containing exhibits and plants. A large stage featuring singing and dancing (standard fare at any such celebration) was set up in front of the old government buildings. There was also fun to be had in the form of a large labyrinth, horse drawn cart rides, and crafting tables in the park. Here are some pictures from the event.