Botanic gardens offer their visitors countless ideas for home garden design. Whether you are into trees and shrubs, ponds and waterfalls, or roses and bright blooming flowers, you cannot beat the spectacular beauty these Gardens have to offer. Find a Garden near you today and take a day trip to find peace and perhaps a little inspiration from a professionally landscaped garden. With the right planning, your home garden will be the envy of the neighborhood, and your own little oasis in an ever-increasingly busy world.
Overseas Botanic Gardens:
Adelaide Botanic Gardens: This beautiful historic garden is a short walk just outside the center of the city. Featuring elegant Victorian landscapes that are complemented wonderfully by the cultural plant displays, collections, and unique structures throughout the garden. One of the highlights of this garden are the three different themed glass houses that visitors can walk through; the Amazon Waterlily Pavilion, Bicentennial Conservatory, and the Palm House. The internationally renowned Santos Museum, first open in 1881, also calls this garden home. Spend the day with the family and take it all that this beautiful garden has to offer.
Glasgow Gardens: Internationally known for its impressive glass houses, these gardens house extensive plant collections from both temperate and tropical climates from around the world. There are a wide variety of exhibits to be found on the grounds, of both botanical and horticultural interest, not to mention peaceful walks along the river Kelvin. If you are looking for a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the day, visit the arboretum and formal gardens and experience their peace and serenity.
Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh: Founded in the 17th century as a physic garden, this world-renowned centre for education and plant science spans four Gardens that boast a rich collection of plants. Just a stone’s throw away from the city centre, Garden Edinburgh sits on 70 acres of stunning scenery featuring a Scottish Heath Garden and a world famous alpine Rock Garden. Garden Benmore’s 120 acres has a spectacular great Redwood Avenue entrance, beyond which you’ll find Tasmanian Ridge, The Chilean Rainforest Glade, and a Victorian Fernery. Garden Dawyck is renowned for its seasonal displays and one of the world’s finest arboreta. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, Garden Logan lies at the south-western tip of Scotland and is the country’s most exotic garden where southern hemisphere plants thrive in this paradise garden.
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew: The Gardens at Kew are widely recognized as one of the oldest in the world. The first gardens at Kew were founded in 1759 by Lord Bute and Princess Augusta. The initial garden covered roughly ten acres of land, and was predominantly dedicated to plants that served medicinal purposes. Following the princess's death in 1772, the gardens of Kew were combined with the neighboring Richmond gardens into the estate that would become the future Kew gardens. While the gardens fell into decline during a 20 year span from 1820 through 1841, the following 45 years brought a new life to the site and many of the current exhibits had their beginnings during this time period. Today Kew's focus is on conservation and restoration.
Northern US Botanic Gardens:
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens: Founded over a century ago, transforming a city ash heap into a vibrant heart of the borough, the gardens have become a world-class horticulture, research, and education center since first opening its gates to the public. Inside the Garden’s Conservatory you will find an Aquatic House, the Desert Pavilion, a Tropical pavilion, as well as one of the finest bonsai collections anywhere in the world with approximately 350 trees. Outside you have several dozen magnificent gardens and collections to admire, including a Shakespeare Garden, Rock and Rose Gardens, a Lily Pool Terrace, and a Japanese Hill and Pond Garden.
Wellfield Gardens: Situated on 36 acres, six blocks north of downtown Elkhart, Indiana, this historic property has been a source of drinking water and hydraulic energy for the city of Elkhart since the 1800’s. The City’s Public Works still currently operates 13 wells on this site. These Gardens are well under construction and are planned to have 23 gardens and 3 learning sites dedicated to the study of fresh water sustainability.
US Botanic Gardens: The oldest gardens in North America is rich with tradition and steeped in history. Adjacent to the U.S. Capitol and nestled on the National Mall, the Garden is almost as old as Washington DC itself. The Garden highlights the diversity of plants, along with their therapeutic, cultural, aesthetic, economical, and ecological significance. At the center of the Garden is the Conservatory. Constructed by the same architect as the Capitol in 1933, its exhibits span 150 million years of global environments and culture.
Midwestern Botanic Gardens:
Cedar Valley Botanic Gardens: Founded and created almost exclusively by volunteers up until a few years ago, the Gardens encourage its visitors to escape to the outdoors and enjoy the beautiful green public space that Cedar Valley has to offer. Of the many attractions you will find at these Gardens are the Community Gardens, where 10 by 10 foots flower beds are adopted by community members and plant their own garden designs throughout the season. You will also find ideas and inspiration in the Hosta Garden, the many display gardens, as well as a 15 acre prairie and walking path.
Chicago Botanic Gardens: Featuring 4 natural areas and 24 display gardens, this 385 acre Garden is one of the country's most visited public gardens. Uniquely situated on 9 islands surrounded by lakes, the Garden contains world-renowned plant collections. An exciting English wall garden can be found featuring six garden rooms surrounded by boundaries made of trees, hedges, brick, and stone. Another extraordinary sensory experience is the Gardens of the Great Basin. Linked by scenic pathways and distinctive bridges, the Water Gardens, Lakeside Gardens, and Evening Island all encircle the facility where one can take in amazing views of the lake and gardens.
Lake Katherine Botanic Gardens: Lake Katherine boasts 125 acres of wooded trails, fresh water, and garden that bring bright smiles and fresh air to folks of all ages. The Gardens contain an arboretum on the south side of the lake where over 70 varieties of trees have been planted to create a stunning landscape of coniferous and deciduous trees. An amazing 30 foot man-made waterfall is one of the Lake’s most popular exhibits, in addition to a Butterfly Garden, Wildflower Garden, Alpine Rock Garden, and Heritage Garden.
Southern & Western Botanic Gardens:
Cheyenne Botanic Gardens: The Gardens began in 1977 as little more than a vision to build a solar heated greenhouse to allow volunteers to grow and raise plants and vegetables year-round. Since then this 6,800 square foot solar conservatory is made up of three greenhouses that are filled with tropical plants, herbs, cactus gardens, and a waterfall pond. True to its beginnings, the western greenhouse of the conservatory is still used primarily for growing food. Vegetable beds full of carrots, lettuce, cabbages, onions, broccoli, and many others, are provided to the volunteers of the project. The specialty garden include a Peace Garden, Herb Garden, Discovery Pond, and a Western Walkway connecting the gardens to an Old West Museum.
Denver Botanic Gardens: Located on York Street in Denver; the Gardens define and celebrate Western Geography and the unique high altitude climate this area offers. The Gardens present a wide range of drought-tolerant gardens and collections that illustrate both native western plants, as well as an ever-widening diversity from all corners of the world. There are seven major living collections that make up these Gardens, an Alpine collection, Amenity, Aquatic, Cactus and Succulents, Native, Steppe, and Tropical.
Fort Worth Botanic Gardens: This “Sanctuary for the Senses” is home to over 2500 species of exotic and native plants, this is the oldest garden of its kind in Texas. Covering 109 acres, with 23 specialty gardens, the Garden is a peaceful tapestry of vibrant color and dappled shade. Stroll through the world-renowned Japanese Garden, or visit the classic European Rose Garden. A Lower Rose Garden designed in classic European grandeur is the hallmark of elegance. A Fragrance Garden to delight your sense of wonder, complete with ivy-covered fences and a fountain. Not to mention a Texas Native Forest boardwalk that not only acts as a living outdoor classroom, but also connects the major features of the Garden.
Hudson Gardens: 30 acres of gardens create an oasis of serenity, arranged in a continuous walking path over a mile long. Visitors can learn how to landscape and beautify their own gardens, or just enjoy the distinct beauty of a classic regional outdoor display garden. The heart of the Gardens is the original Hudson residence, adjacent to the Cottage and Railroad Garden, where you will find blooming summer flowers, snowy conifers in the winter, and stately evergreens and iris beds. Or visit the Rock Garden Canyon that contains over 250 tons of Navajo Red sandstone, expertly positioned to form a likeness of a Colorado canyon.
University Botanic Gardens:
University of Washington Botanic Gardens: Established in 2005, in an effort to unite the Center for Urban Horticulture and the Washington Park Arboretum, the Gardens at UW has become an international hub for plant science and ecosystem research. If you are looking to tantalize your sense, visit the Fragrance Garden and sit on one of the five benches and listen to songbirds splash in the fountain basin. If you need ideas for your own garden design, stop by the Herbaceous Display Garden which was created to offer help to local gardeners select and learn how to grow plants commonly found in the Pacific Northwest.
University of Delaware Botanic Gardens: Tracing its roots back to the 1950’s, the UD Gardens began as a planting of specimen shrubs and trees around the Agriculture and Natural Resources College at Townsend Hall. From there the undergraduate work evolved into the garden they are today. Today there are twelve separate gardens spread across 15 acres in Newark, Delaware that are available to the general public, students, and faculty, support a wide range of programs in plant science, horticulture, landscape design, and entomology.
University of California Riverside Gardens: Nestled on 40 acres on the east side of the Riverside Campus, in the foothills of the Box Springs Mountains, you will find this living museum that contains more than 3,500 species of plants from all around the world. The Gardens are also a wildlife sanctuary where the wealth of vegetation has provided a habitat for over 200 species of birds.
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