Top 10 Beautiful Botanical Gardens in the USA
Winter is great but by the time January rolls around, everyone is thoroughly disgusted with wet snow, dirty slush, and chilly winds. Instead of being wet and cold, we dream of strolling in a lush, flower-filled garden on soft grass with perfumed breezes wafting by. The good news is that winter is followed by spring, and spring brings beautiful flowers and lush gardens to reality. Of course every city has beautiful gardens and with so many beautiful gardens all over the country, you can easily find a gorgeous garden close by to relax in.
Local gardens are great, but we've listed a few unique gardens that are our personal favorites and you should visit if you are in the designated city. Most of the gardens hold regular plant shows, exhibitions, and sales all through the year. For example, the Longwood Gardens hosts workshops for amateur gardeners and children all through the year while the Denver Botanic Gardens is famous for its Blossoms of Light Festival in Dec-Jan.
However, the actual event schedule does tend to vary every year. Make sure you check the website of each individual garden before you plan your trip and itinerary. Below is our pick of America's 10 most beautiful botanical gardens to see flowers blooming this Spring.
1: Longwood Gardens, Kennet Square, Pennsylvania
This 1,077-acre expanse of gardens, woodlands, and meadows is a magical experience anytime during the year. It's impossible to cover all 20 outdoor and indoor gardens in a single visit. However, our personal favorites and must-see gardens include the Orangery with its exquisite collection of flowers and foliage, the East Conservatory with its intriguing expanse of waterfalls, fountains, flowers, and pools, and the Open Air Theater with its towering wall of water, hidden fountains and stunning setting for outdoor performances.
Address: 1001 Longwood Rd,
Kennett Square, PA 19348
3: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York
A trip to New York is incomplete without a visit to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Brooklyn, New York. The 52-acre park has several specialty gardens that you can enjoy but it's difficult to cover the entire garden in a single visit. If you are visiting the park for the first time, make sure you plan your visit around the flowering of cherry trees. The cherry trees were planted after World War I and the trees were a gift from the Japanese Government. During flowering, the entire 52-acre park is filled with the fragrance of cherry flowers. Apart from the cherry trees, the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden and Alice Recknagel Ireys Fragrance Garden are a must-visit because of their unique nature. The Alice Recknagel Ireys Fragrance Garden, in particular, is designed for people with vision disabilities. It is the only garden in the US that encourages visitors to touch and rub the fragrant plants to experience their texture and perfume.
Address: 990 Washington Ave,
Brooklyn, NY 11225
4: Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
A visit to the Desert Botanical Gardens will be an eye-opener for you and your children. This 140-acre garden focuses on plants that thrive in extreme climates. The handicap-accessible park hosts musical bands, wine-tasting events, dog-days, astronomical gazing, great views, and more than 140 unique plants from all over the world. The park is particularly dazzling in spring when the succulents start flowering.
Address: 1201 N Galvin Pkwy,
Phoenix, AZ 85008
5: Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago, Illinois
The Windy City is particularly proud of its Botanic Garden and it has every right to be so. The Botanic Garden is lovely all through the year but the can't-miss Model Railroad Garden is simply stunning. The garden has exquisite miniature trains traveling through an extensive framework of tunnels, bridges, and built-to-scale landmarks like the White House and historic Comiskey Park. Each part of the garden is handmade from natural materials by noted designer Paul Brusse who specializes in garden railway design. This display is a must-see of children and adults alike.
Address: 1000 Lake Cook Rd,
Glencoe, IL 60022
7: National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii
This garden focuses on preserving and displaying tropical plant life in its natural setting. The Garden has five sections: Limahuli Garden and Preserve, Allerton Garden, McBryde Garden, Kahanu Garden, and the Kampong. Each of these gardens has its own living laboratory with scientists and researchers studying the flora and fauna of the unique gardens. Visitors are provided with a map but the parks are famous for its water features, old grove charm, tiered plantings, rare plants, and beautiful views spread out over the island.
Address: 4425 Lawai Rd,
Koloa, HI 96756
9: Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri
The Missouri Botanical Garden hosts several annual cultural festivals including a Chinese Cultural Day, the Japanese Festival, etc. Multiple Asian festivals are held in the garden and visitors can also enjoy special features like the Children's Garden, the Climatron (a geodesic dome greenhouse), the English Woodland Garden, the Blanke Boxwood Garden and the Strassenfest German Garden.
Address: 4344 Shaw Blvd,
St. Louis, MO 63110
10: Portland Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon
If you want to see a traditional Japanese garden, you don't even have to place a single toe out of the US. The Portland Japanese Garden in Oregon brings traditional Japanese landscaping right to your doorstep. The impressive 5.5-acre garden encompasses five different Japanese garden styles and you can loiter in the Tea Garden, the Stroll Garden, the Flat Garden, the Natural Garden and the Sand/Stone Garden at your leisure. This garden is a must-visit as it combines tranquility and harmony with nature but in a way that represents a completely different culture.
Address: 611 SW Kingston Ave,
Portland, OR 97205