Plant tourism on the rise. Yes, plant tourism.

Buses with Finns, Estonians, and Swedes are coming to Latvia to buy local saplings, seedlings and plants, contributing to what experts call plant tourism, reported Latvian Television Friday.

Nurseries around Latvia are now in a flurry of activity, with people rushing to buy flowers and trees. 

Andrejs Vītoliņš, the head of the Plant Growers' Association, revealed that the annual tree parade, held for the 13th time this year, is attracting more and more plant enthusiasts from abroad.

"There are more and more foreigners each year, especially Estonians, and Swedes and Finns too. Last year we counted more than twenty buses [of tourists]. It could be called plant tourism. They arrive, pick the plants, load up the bus and depart," said Vītoliņš.

As a tip for the potential tree owners, he said it's important to to buy plants suitable for the local climate and to differentiate between frost-resistant and winter-hardy plants when buying plants for your garden.

The annual plant parade at Sigulda will take place April 30 to May 1. 

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