Kingdoms of Flowers and Beauty: 15 Best Botanical Gardens in the US
Botanical Gardens are one of the most amazing places in our country, providing an ideal and affordable nature experience like no other. Only In Your State.
The grandiose spectacle of flowering plants will delight visitors at 15 of the most stunning and impressive botanical gardens in the United States.
Portland Japanese Garden – Portland, Oregon
One of the most magnificent treasures in the Pacific Northwest, the Portland Japanese Garden is a real Eden hidden among the hills of Rose City. With its cool canopy of trees, bright green foliage and ringing murmuring cascades and wildlife, the Portland Japanese Garden is almost 5 hectares of perfect and pristine paradise. It's beautiful all year round: spring brings abundant cherry blossoms, summers are verdant green, fall is immersed in foliage, and winter is an icy fantasy of peace and serenity. Simply put, the Portland Japanese Garden is a complete sensory experience that is sure to calm your busy mind and bring a sense of peace. If you are a nature lover looking for a city retreat, nothing beats this garden.
San Francisco Botanical Garden - San Francisco, California
Golden Gate Park may be the most iconic place in California, but it also has a botanical garden that beckons everyone to come and enjoy its beauty. While the garden is known for its magnificent magnolias that brighten up the city's dreariest winter day, the towering sequoia grove is perhaps its most magnificent feature. In fact, this park is the only place for albino Coastal Redwoods in the entire state.
Ethel M Chocolates Cactus Botanical Garden - Henderson, Nevada
Ethel M Chocolates Botanical Garden is a 1 hectare cactus botanical garden located in the eponymous chocolate factory in Henderson, south of Las Vegas. The garden contains 6 species of plants ranging from ornamentals, cacti and other succulents from the American Southwest to desert trees and shrubs from the US Southwest, Australia and South America.
It is the largest cactus botanical garden of its kind in all of Nevada and, in fact, one of the largest in the world. This garden is a completely unexpected treasure that will challenge everything you know about Nevada.
Desert Botanical Garden - Phoenix, Arizona
Another amazing oasis tucked away in the southwest, the Desert Botanical Garden is so beautiful it almost seems like a mirage. Fortunately, this garden is real and you can admire the abundance of local flora and fauna. This experience will give you a whole new appreciation for this amazing region. This Arizona treasure boasts 56 hectares of land with over 50 plants representing 000 different species, nearly 4 of which are rare or endangered. Five scenic trails pass through the beautiful landscape. Whether you love wildflowers or cacti, there is something for everyone here. With all five paved hikes totaling just over 000km, this is a fully accessible and exciting adventure that is the quintessential botanical garden experience.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden - Dallas, Texas
Situated on the shores of White Rock Lake, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful gardens in the country. While this Texas treasure is best known for its beautiful spring flowers, it is open and delightful all year round. The garden offers visitors 27 hectares of natural beauty to explore at any time of the year. It features more than a dozen different locations, each with its own distinct landscape.
Some of these areas include Adventure Kindergarten, Walnut Grove, and Wood Tunnel.
Huntsville Botanical Garden – Huntsville, Alabama
The Huntsville Botanical Garden is not just one of the most beautiful places in Alabama, it is one of the most beautiful places in the entire South. Spreading over 45 hectares, this beautiful botanical garden welcomes visitors from all over the state and beyond throughout the year who come to enjoy its myriad ecosystems, stunning scenery, abundant flowers and, at certain times of the year, an open-air butterfly house. Families love Children's Garden, which, with its whimsical sculptures and flowers, is the perfect place to instill a love and appreciation for nature in the youngest explorers.
Missouri Botanical Garden - St. Louis, MO
The Missouri Botanical Garden, located in the Midwest, is a magnificent oasis, one of the most intimate places in St. Louis. Locals know and love this garden for its beautiful spring flowers, but its Chinese Garden, English Forest Garden, and Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden are favorite spots for families and photographers all year round. Come and stroll through its lush garden maze and you'll be transported back in time to a charming mansion in the English countryside... right in the middle of the Midwest!
Belle Isle Conservancy - Detroit, Michigan
Detroit is often overlooked in terms of natural beauty, but that's only because the Belle Isle Conservancy is such a hidden gem. Once you discover this urban oasis, your perception of Detroit will change. Located just a stone's throw from the city center, this island park impresses with its diversity. There is a natural zoo, a maritime museum, an aquarium, golf courses and many open green spaces. What also makes this island park unique is the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, which features a wide range of beautiful and rare flora, including one of the nation's largest orchid collections. The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory was designed by renowned architect Albert Kahn and is the oldest continuously operating conservatory in the United States. Entering it, you will feel like in another world... in the most magical and wonderful way.
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden - Cincinnati, Ohio
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The annual Zoo Blooms boasts over 100 tulips and whimsical flowers. Horticulturalists draw attention to the rich flora and fauna that adorn the landscape of Zoo Blooms, which, no matter what time of year you visit, is an enchanting experience. You will feel like Dorothy, trapped in the magical Land of Oz.
Cypress Gardens - Winter Haven, Florida
Who would have thought that you can see a beautiful botanical garden in LEGOLAND? This wonderful garden is filled with a thriving population of exotic plants including varieties of palm trees, banana trees, azaleas, camellias and more. However, its most magnificent highlight is the giant banyan tree, which was planted as a seedling in 1939 when Cypress Gardens was founded. Today, Cypress Gardens is a magnificent look into the past and an unforgettable experience in the present.
Naples Botanical Garden - Naples, Florida
Another gem of the Sunshine State, the Neapolitan Botanical Garden is 68 hectares of pure paradise, completely unique to this part of Florida. Flora and fauna in the tropics, subtropics, swamps and mangroves are all in one of those places in the US that really feels like a world different from any place on the mainland. The garden, founded in 1993, also includes 37 hectares of natural habitat, trails, a boardwalk and a stage where local musicians perform, making this garden a delightful place for romantics and nature lovers.
Brookgreen Gardens - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
There is no place in the whole country like Brookgreen Gardens, a place steeped in southern beauty, culture and history in the most magical way. Founded in 1931 by Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, Brookgreen Gardens is a true oasis, home to 250-year-old southern oaks, a seductive butterfly garden and many other gardens, including the eponymous Palmetto Garden. Aesthetes strolling through the grounds will be in awe of the beauty of the sculptures and the garden's bold design, an artistic flourish that takes this botanical garden to the next level.
Biltmore - Asheville, North Carolina
There is no place in America more magical than the Biltmore Estate. It was built by George Vanderbilt between 1889 and 1895. This mansion is located on 3,5 hectares of untouched land near Asheville, North Carolina. The largest private home in America, this place of stunning scenery, lush gardens, ornate architecture and historical significance is astounding. While the house itself is the main attraction (the Biltmore attracts over a million visitors annually), the massive and meticulously manicured gardens on the estate are divine and rival the stunning beauty of the house. A summer rose garden, a spring tulip show and fields of sunflowers add an enchanting natural element to this majestic castle and are well worth seeing during their seasonal bloom.
New York Botanical Garden - New York, New York
Amidst the hustle and bustle of the Bronx, the New York Botanical Garden offers city dwellers an escape to 100-hectare paradise. This is one of the most beautiful day trips in New York. This garden is popular with visitors of all ages and in all seasons. Kids love exploring the Children's Adventure Garden, and Seasonal Walk, a vibrant collection of perennials, herbs and bulbs, is a favorite with photographers and nature lovers. Meanwhile, people enjoy a 1,5 hectare native plant garden that focuses on the flora native to the region. The New York Botanical Garden displays over a million living plants and operates one of the largest plant research and conservation programs in the world.
Hawaiian Tropical Bio-Reserve and Garden - Hilo, Hawaii
There are many good reasons to visit Hawaii, and we think this magnificent bio-reserve and botanical garden ranks among the most compelling. This oasis opened in 1984 in Hawaii's secluded and majestic Onomea Valley and today hosts over 2500 tropical and subtropical plants from the islands and around the world. However, the gem of this real-life Garden of Eden is the three-level waterfall, which many call the most beautiful in Hawaii.
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And despite its diminutive size - especially when compared to some of the most majestic waterfalls in the Aloha State - surrounded by the most lush emerald green foliage and vibrant flora, this wondrous waterfall definitely deserves that kind of praise.
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