Botanical gardens are by far some of the most beautiful places you visit if you’re a fan of indigenous and exotic flora and not only are they simply brimming with a wide variety of plant species, but they’re also a great stress reliever as well. In fact, visiting your local botanical garden can be a pretty interesting family or friends outing, yet it can also make for a rejuvenating solo retreat. From the exotic plant life of Florida to the acres of immaculately manicured grounds of Denver, we’ll take a closer look below at some of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the country that have truly been a real inspiration to us.
Missouri Botanical Garden
The Missouri Botanical Garden was opened for the public in eighteen fifty nine and was originally created by Henry Shaw, a very popular businessman of the time. Today, anyone who wants to visit this beautiful garden will also be able to see Mister Shaw’s original home which is located on seventy nine acres of lush grounds, right in the center of Saint Louis.
To include some of the highlights you’ll be able to delight yourself with while here, they are a wonderful children’s garden complete with a tree house and a limestone cave, the Climatron geodesic dome conservatory which features some pretty rare and exotic plants, but also the fourteen acre Seiwa-En Japanese garden (which is the largest of its kind in the W. Hemisphere) and a large collection of camellias.
Memphis Botanic Garden
If you’re interested in seeing a wide range of indigenous plant life, then the Memphis Botanic Garden is the place to be. In fact, this garden is the perfect example of it and covering ninety six acres which include the Sensory Garden, the popular Japanese Garden of Tranquility, woodlands and beautiful lakes, it’s no wonder that more than 150 thousand people come to visit every year.
In total, you’ll be able to see twenty three specialty gardens which emphasize the various types of plant life from magnolias, to dogwoods, cactuses, to a special garden that was purposely designed so it attracts butterflies. On top of that, don’t forget to check to check out the W.C. Paul Arboretum. This is a showcase of very rare species of trees, so if you’re a horticulturalist, then you must not miss out on this place.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
The Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden is the country’s preeminent collection of very rare tropical plants. The garden was established in nineteen thirty eight and it covers a massive eighty three acres, focusing on promoting tropical plant diversity through conservation. As you can imagine, there are many exotic species of plans you can see here, including more than one hundred species that are indigenous to the Caribbean and S. Florida. To name some of the highlights of the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, they include cycads and a variety of palm trees (over five hundred and fifty identified species).
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is located in the center of one of the 5 boroughs of N.Y. and according to the numbers, it’s the most visited botanical garden in the country. Many consider it an oasis in the middle of a concrete jungle, consisting of an area of fifty two acres and housing more than twelve thousand unique plant varieties. The grounds are also perfectly manicured and are full of winding paths.
The garden was founded in nineteen ten and includes a fragrant garden designed for people with vision problems (blindness), a 1 acre long rose garden and a cherry tree avenue. You can also spot turtles and rabbits and the whole experience is so captivating, that it’s easy to forget where you are.
Denver Botanic Gardens
Ever since they have opened in nineteen fifty one, the Denver Botanic Gardens have become a favorite for the locals, but also for tourists nationwide. Currently, the twenty three acre site consists of an educational center, perfectly manicured grounds and has fortunately been expanded to 3 other sites. These include Centennial Gardens which initially commemorated the Colorado Centennial, an alpine trail on Mt. Evans that’s lined with natural mountain wildflowers and a massive seven hundred and fifty acre plant refuge in the Littleton suburb.
If you want to experience the peace and calm of botanical gardens, but also see in person and learn more about the large variety of plants that currently exist on the planet, then visiting any one of these fabulous gardens is a must.