Are you looking for more color than your backyard garden can provide at this time of year? If so, visiting a botanical garden can give you a healthy dose of color. I've found a few botanical gardens that are definitely worth a visit. Enjoy!
- The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia. This botanical garden features flowers blooming throughout the year. It has several themed gardens, including the Rose Garden, Asian Valley, and a children's garden. Its 63-foot-tall domed conservatory filled with exotic plants is definitely worth a look. In addition to a collection of beautiful flowers, this sprawling garden has art exhibitions, a library, classes, and more!
- The Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Brooklyn, New York. Guided tours are available when you visit this lovely garden. It boasts a water garden, herb garden, rock garden, and more. One of the highlights of your visit is sure to be the Shakespeare Garden. It features more than 80 plants and flowers mentioned in the works of Shakespeare. Don't miss the asters growing in the Shakespeare Garden at this time of year!
- Denver Botanic Gardens in Denver, Colorado. This garden has a unique combination of things to see. You'll see art sculptures, bonsai trees, and an area where cacti grow. Don't miss the chance to make your way through the ultimate corn maze at DBG this time of year. But the highlight of your trip will surely be the indoor jungle greenhouse.
- Chicago Botanic Garden in Chicago, Illinois. If you're looking for a botanical garden to get lost in for a day or two, then the Chicago Botanic Gardens is right up your alley! This garden covers almost 400 acres. Take a tour on foot or see it from a comfortable seat on a tram. The Chicago Botanic Garden features the Japanese Garden, English Walled Garden, Circle Garden, and Dwarf Conifer Garden, to name a few. Consider checking out the Night of 1,000 Jack-o'-Lanterns for a festive fall experience!
- Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Are you a fan of botanical gardens and beautiful fountains? If so, Longwood Gardens is for you. Stop by to see the Rose Garden, a display of water lilies, and the unique Green Wall. The popular fountain performances at Longwood Gardens combine music and choreographed fountain features. It's a unique event you'll remember for years to come!
- Atlanta Botanical Gardens in Atlanta, Georgia. Do you have a special place in your heart for orchids? If so, you'll want to know that this garden has the largest collection of orchids in the country. The orchids on display are from all over the world. Besides the orchid collection, you're sure to love the Canopy Walk. I love the idea of seeing a group of majestic trees from the top down.
- The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona. Are you partial to desert flowers and plants? If so, walk the trails of this garden to admire flowers that make their home in the Sonoran Desert. Some examples include the brittlebush, the Mexican gold poppy, and plenty of cacti. Take a tour and learn how people have made medicines from desert flowers and survived in this harsh environment.
- The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden in Cincinnati, Ohio. Enjoy two places in one! Visit the Botanical Garden at the Cincinnati Zoo and admire the butterfly garden full of blooms attractive to butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Check out the endangered species garden, where research is being done on how to preserve these at-risk plants. Don't forget to tour the edible garden and the rain garden. Be sure to save some time to visit all of the animals at the zoo, too!
- Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, Missouri. This garden founded by Henry Shaw covers 79 acres. Some of its highlights include a Victorian-style garden, a circular garden of roses, and a garden of dogwoods, bluebells and azaleas growing beneath a large tree canopy. A must-see feature of the Missouri Botanical Garden is the Climatron. This geodesic dome is where 1,400-plus tropical species of plants grow and flourish.
- Bellevue Botanical Garden in Bellevue, Washington. This urban garden covers 53 acres with a beautiful collection of dahlias, rhododendrons, viburnums, and evergreens. The Rock Garden, Waterwise Garden, and Native Discovery Garden are all worth a tour. The serene Yao Garden is one of the biggest highlights of the Bellevue Botanical Garden.
- Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville, Florida. A bamboo garden and herb garden are two of the highlights of the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. Enjoy the majestic gathering of palms in Palm Hammock. Be sure to spend some time wandering down pathways and over bridges in the Water Garden. Continue on to the Hummingbird Garden to relax in a gazebo and see if you can spot a ruby-throated visitor or two. This beautiful garden may inspire you to get a gazebo of your own and create a peaceful spot to enjoy in your own backyard!
So be sure to spend some time admiring the fall colors everywhere this season. And as always, thanks for reading. - Alan