[Tagging] Flower fields as tourism attraction

John Willis johnw at mac.com
Mon Apr 9 00:28:15 UTC 2018

TL:DR - we need a “flower field” tag or a variant of flowerbed.  tat is not related to farming, but more to garden or tourism. This is a tag for the field itself, not the entire location, which may need a garden:type=spectacle value to define it. 

https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/flowerbed <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/flowerbed> (yay! more landuse= values!) 

https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:garden:type <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:garden:type>


I visited a tulip field In Japan yesterday; thousands of people coming to take photographs of a field of flowers and the Dutch windmill they built. 
http://www.city.sakura.lg.jp/0000000674.html <http://www.city.sakura.lg.jp/0000000674.html> 

This is very similar to the flower fields (and windmill) in Calrlsbad, California - the tulips and other flowers grown are a spectacle to attract visitors.
http://www.theflowerfields.com <http://www.theflowerfields.com/> 

It is not a commercial farm which happens to be pretty.  it is a carefully planned place to attract tourists to see the flowers as a spectacle - like a garden or park. 

I understand that in Holland, those are commercial farms (landuse=farmland crop=flowers), the beauty is incidental. But people recreate the spectacle on a smaller scale as purely a tourist attraction.

Similarly, Hitachinaka Park has a large hill which they rotate the crop of flowers (Nemophila is the most popular) and tens of thousands of people come to see the flowers every season.

I tagged the flower area on the hill a year or so ago - but was unsure of how to tag the flowered ground. I left it untagged. 
https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/378065849 <https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/378065849>

Visible here 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/javbw/23417161516/in/dateposted-public/ <https://www.flickr.com/photos/javbw/23417161516/in/dateposted-public/> ( Fall). 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/javbw/11094010745/in/dateposted-public/ <https://www.flickr.com/photos/javbw/11094010745/in/dateposted-public/> ( Spring) . 

There are also large fields of colorful shibazakura that are planted as a tourist attraction. in many large flower grounds. 
In all these instances, the flower fields are a tourist attraction. their primary purpose is similar to a botanical garden - they are grown to be viewed - but in a garden/park like atmosphere. 

These images are very popular online, especially the large field near Mt Fuji. . https://www.google.co.jp/search?q=shibazakura <https://www.google.co.jp/search?q=shibazakura> 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/javbw/23075345199/in/dateposted-public/ <https://www.flickr.com/photos/javbw/23075345199/in/dateposted-public/> 

People may buy some flowers, but it is incidental - people primarily come to see them. It’s not flower art - there is no “image” grown into the flowers - the flowers themselves are the attraction.  

having it tagged as farmland seems wrong. It’s not a crop. It’s not a plant nursery. It’s not a botanical garden.

 It’s not a “park” -  the entire location may be a form of “garden” tagged as a tourist attraction, but the **field itself** needs a tag. 

Flowerbed? seems a little weird to tag 3000m2 as a flowerbed. But if it is approved I will use it. 



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