By: Abby Baker
It’s that time of year: the crocuses and daffodils are starting to poke through the soil. Soon, the buds will appear on the trees, and the birds will be back to build their homes. With all that in mind, this spring is the perfect time to take a trip to a botanical garden. So read on, and hopefully you’ll be inspired to visit one of these locations or do some research and find a spring oasis all your own!
For 125 years, visitors have come to the New York Botanical Garden to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city. Stroll through the Rose and Azalea Gardens, and explore The Conservatory and Children’s Adventure Garden. Besides the physical beauty the gardens have to offer, NYBG is an international leader in plant research and conservation.
Located outside of Philadelphia in the Brandywine Valley, Longwood Gardens sprawls over 1,077 acres. The gardens are currently displaying over 4,500 orchids–including an impressive 17-foot-tall orchid curtain. Another unique feature found at Longwood is the Main Fountain Garden. Recently revitalized, visitors will be dazzled by more than 1,700 fountain jets and streams that project water 175 feet in the air.
Founded in 1859, Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation’s oldest botanical garden in continuous operation. Among the many sights to see are six international gardens–from the Japanese Garden, one of the largest in North America, to the English Woodland Garden, where visitors can glimpse more than 100 dogwoods blooming each spring.
ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden in Albuquerque, NM, may be one of the most unique gardens the U.S. has to offer. There are several exhibits to be explored, such as the Desert Conservatory, where you’ll find a thriving collection of plant life from the deserts of the American Southwest. An absolute must-see is the Children’s Fantasy Garden, where children of all ages can gaze in awe at the 14-foot topiary dragon guarding a castle.
Lotusland is home to more than 3,000 different plant varieties from around the world. With more than 20 different gardens to visit, it is truly a sight to behold. You won’t want to miss the water garden, where you’ll be treated to a breathtaking display of the garden’s namesake flower.
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