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.
This public botanical garden is barely 23-acres but it is impressive. The outdoor conservatory, several theme gardens and sunken amphitheater make this garden a great place to have a fun time. At present, the garden has an Orchid Showcase on that is generating immense interest but exhibits do change regularly. The garden is particularly famous for its annual concert series and the Spring Fall plant sales.
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.
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.
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.