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A Beautiful Walk in the Garden

A Beautiful Walk

This time of the year makes me want to put on my favorite sundress and travel to the local arboretum and view the plants and flowers. With that in mind, we’re bringing you five must-see gardens in both the U.S. and Canada.

  • Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia
    • The story behind this masterpiece is amazing. This particular couple was inspired by their world travels so much that they started their own garden (Japanese garden and an Italian garden); turns out many other people started falling in love with their garden. Read the full story here.
    • Offering 55 acres of floral display, the garden is still privately owned by the family.
    • When you’re in Victoria, we encourage you to explore this beautiful site of family tradition and history.
  • New York Botanical Garden- New York City
    • When botanists Nathaniel Lord Britton and his wife, Elizabeth, took a trip to England’s Royal Botanical Gardens, they knew they had to bring something back to the states. Today, the New York Botanical Garden is “an advocate for the plant kingdom,” spanning 250 acres with 50 gardens and plant collections.
    • We know there are so many things to do and see in NYC, but next time you go, make sure you carve out some time for the New York Botanical Garden. Their current exhibits are listed here.
  • Winterthur– Wilmington, Del.
    • This beauty contains a garden, museum and library. Henry Francis du Pont created this breathtaking garden to show his appreciation of nature. Selecting different plants and constructing color combinations, he didn’t disappoint.
    • If you’re in the area, be sure to visit. The website also provides you with a yearly bloom calendar.
  • Desert Botanical Gardens– Phoenix, Ariz.
    • This garden was started in the 1930s by citizens of Arizona who were passionate about conserving the desert environment. Fast forward to today and this garden now has 145 acres with 640,529 attendees each year. Wow.
    • Currently, the garden is open until 8 p.m., so visitors can see the sunset. Just imagine the amazing view of the sun going down. From trails to exhibits and classes, this garden offers a little something for everyone.
  • Vizcaya– Miami, Fla.
    • Both a museum and garden, Vizcaya was built in the 1910s and was the winter home of an American industrialist, James Deering. The garden was inspired by both Renaissance Italian and French designs.
    • This garden includes many architectural elements that have remained through the years, even though it’s gone through reconstruction due to hurricanes that have hit the area.
    • We encourage you to visit this unique garden and home next time you visit Miami.

 

All this garden talk has us ready to spin the globe and see where our finger lands. What garden will you be visiting this year?

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