The charm of being able to see flowers in full bloom in warm weather has always been the upside of the spring and summer seasons. However, that doesn’t mean it needs to be confined to just those times. Botanical gardens are a great way to enjoy the beauty that nature can bring, no matter what time of year it is!
Not only do botanical gardens play a wonderful role in the conservation of plants, but spending time here can be soothing for the eyes and healing for the soul! Here are some awe-inspiring places of beauty to travel to where nature has been nurtured with love and care:
Missouri Botanical Garden, St Louis, Missouri
The Missouri Botanical Garden, opened to the public in 1859, is the country’s oldest botanical garden in operation and is a National Historic Landmark. It’s not only a center for botanical research and science education, but also where you can stroll through a St Louis haven. One highlight is the Climatron, the first geodesic dome to be used as a conservatory.
The award-winning design of the Climatron greenhouse was named one of the 100 most significant architectural achievements in US history. Think about this: it has no interior support, no columns from floor to ceiling, so there’s more light and space for plants. It soars 70 feet in the center, spans 175 feet in diameter at the base, has 1.3 million cubic feet, and encloses approximately 24,000 square feet. Wow!
The garden offers 79 acres of a variety of beautiful horticultural displays, including a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, Henry Shaw’s original 1850 estate home, and one of the world’s largest collections of rare and endangered orchids. From the conservatories to the formal gardens, there is something for anyone who wants to travel to the oasis of St. Louis.
United States Botanic Garden, Washington DC
The U.S. Botanic Garden was formally founded in 1850. It’s a living plant museum and remains one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America. Whenever you choose to travel to Washington, there will always be something beautiful in bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory, the National Garden, and Bartholdi Park. The last is the favorite “secret” garden of many Washingtonians!
Other temporary exhibits of the garden give visitors fresh experiences. So, you can come here as many times as you want. The museum has over 1 million visitors each year. Travel to Washington D.C. to join the adventure!
San Francisco Botanical Garden, San Francisco, California
In the Golden Gate Park, the San Francisco Botanical Garden offers 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, showcasing over 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the world.
A unique aspect of the garden is that the Bay Area has a variety of weather conditions for each season. With San Francisco’s well-known coastal fog conditions, it allows the garden to grow and conserve plants from all over the globe, including plants that are no longer found in their native habitats. A San Francisco favorite is the Magnolia collection, with its exquisite display of winter flowers. It’s the world’s fourth most significant Magnolia collection for conservation. Travel to California to see these amazing pieces of nature for yourself!
New York Botanical Garden, New York City
The New York Botanical Garden is an iconic living museum, a major educational institution, and a renowned plant research and conservation organization. Since its birth in 1891, it’s been one of the largest botanical gardens in any city across the United States, showcasing the beauty of its landscapes, diverse collections, gardens.
A neighbor to the Bronx Zoo, another city must, the garden has more than 1 million plants across 250 acres of land. Take a seasonal walk to see what’s in bloom, snap some pictures of your favorite flower displays, or explore the incredible Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, one that’s home to the garden’s living collection in tropical rainforests, deserts, aquatic and carnivorous plants, and more. You’ll be blown away at this garden wonderland of natural beauty!
You have all the time in the world. After all, it really is the city that never sleeps.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Dallas, Texas
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a world-class, 66-acre urban oasis that attracts over 978,000 visitors annually. On the shores of White Rock Lake, the Arboretum’s land include a complete life-science laboratory, 19 finely, manicured gardens, seasonal festivals and activities, and a new 8-acre Children’s Adventure Garden.
If you’re looking for a family-friendly destination, a peaceful promenade in nature, a romantic date (it just screams romance), a wedding or anything else, the Dallas Arboretum is the perfect venue for any event of your choosing! With more than 1 million visitors from all 50 states, as well as from 90 countries, the arboretum is among the best in the world. Come see what all the hype is about in Dallas, Texas!
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
In the 1930s, a small group of local citizens saw the need to conserve the beautiful desert environment that is now the Desert Botanical Garden. More than seven decades later, thanks to leadership and investments from many individuals, Desert Botanical Garden is a living museum unlike any other. Today, the Garden features 140 acres with more than 50,000 plant displays in outdoor exhibits. It brings in 630,000 attendees annually.
You’ll have the chance to discover the lush vibrancy of 50,000 desert plants in the red rocks of the Papago Buttes. Five thematic trails lead you to explore the beauty of desert plant life, ranging from soaring cacti and wildflowers to desert trees and alluring succulents. You can also enjoy guided tours, concerts, family activities, and dining. There’s so much appeal to this unique, Phoenix garden!
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus, Ohio
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a botanical landmark and cultural attraction. The Conservatory is in the 88-acre Franklin Park. It features indoor gardens filled with exotic plant life and artwork. The Conservatory offers the enjoyment of the natural world any time of the day or year, as well as seasonal exhibitions that highlight special and temporary artwork by national and international artists each year.
Collections include tropical and hardy bonsai, cactus and succulents, and even over 40 species of palms sheltered in a Victorian-era glasshouse. Travel to Ohio to be a part of this natural spectacle and to fully immerse yourself into what nature has to offer!
Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago, Illinois
The Chicago Botanic Garden became available more than 40 years ago as a beautiful place to visit, and it has become one of the world’s great living museums and conservation science centers. In 2015, more than 1 million people visited the garden’s 27 floral displays and 4 natural areas, situated on 385 acres on and around 9 islands, with 6 miles of lake shoreline. The garden also has a tourist-top-favorite Bonsai Collection.
The garden is also one of only 17 public gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums. Because of all that it offers, people of all ages, interests, and abilities participate in programs, take classes, and stroll the grounds all year-round.
Denver Botanic Garden, Denver, Colorado
York Street, within the Denver Botanic Garden, presents a wide range of gardens and collections on 24 acres that shows an ever-widening diversity of plants from all parts of the world. Included in this is the Mordecai Children’s Garden, a 3-acre oasis which provides the opportunity for children to experience the plant life and natural environments of six different ecosystems in Colorado, such as the alpine, riparian, and more.
These ecosystems continually change throughout the spring, summer, and fall, so no two visits are the same. Lastly, there is the Science Pyramid, which showcases the scientific foundation of Denver Botanic Gardens and invites visitors to see the world of plants through a scientific lens. The exhibition uses interactive technology – touchscreens, light, sound and video – for a unique experience!
Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Georgia
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is a 30 acre botanical garden with an extensive plant collection, as well as a Children’s Garden, and dozens of displays of permanent artwork.
Another wonderful aspect of the garden is Longleaf, a two-level contemporary glass structure nestled in the heart of the Garden, which offers full-service dining, a grab-and-go café, and a flexible space for educational programs, private rentals and special events.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, Florida
The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has many activities and events, such as talking to experts in horticulture and conservation science, experiencing a sculpture garden, seeing butterflies and birds wherever you go (in the butterfly and hummingbird exhibit), and taking classes on anything from photography to grafting. Walking the grounds will also introduce a large variety of tropical plants and their amazing array of sizes, shapes and colors.
There are also festivals such as the International Mango Festival, the International Orchid Festival, and the International Chocolate Festival with a variety of experts giving lectures, talks, and classes. Fairchild has so many wonderful features. So, why not stop by?
The world of flowers and nature isn’t always the easiest to go out and see, and botanical gardens are the unsung heroes that show the beauty of flowers and the finer side of what is shown in spring. It also conserves the very plants that are important for our environment, and gives the opportunity for that warm spring and summer feeling all year round. What’s not to love?