The plants and blooms of late spring create a beautiful backdrop for each day. From lush green trees to vibrant flowers, we just can’t get enough of the spectacular sights of the season. The best place to take it all in, of course, is a botanical garden. From New York to California, here are the incredible gardens that we’re putting on our must-see list:

New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York

One of the most famous botanical gardens in the world, the NYBG is right in our backyard. Originally founded in 1891, the gardens display a wide variety of both local and exotic plants. Even the familiar is surprising here: Like the Lilac Collection, which is as stunning in its initial seasonal bloom as it is in the autumn, thanks to the inclusion of different varieties of lilacs. Another must-see is the current exhibition, which brings the incredible glass works of Chihuly to the spectacular gardens (see the photo at top).

The Mount, Lenox, Massachusetts

This attraction is worth a visit not just for the fact that it was once Edith Wharton’s home, but for the stunning grounds of the gardens. It turns out that the legendary author also had a flair for garden design, and even wrote tomes with her thoughts on how to approach designing outdoor spaces.

Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago, Illinois

Another incredible urban paradise, the Chicago Botanic Garden, is home to 27 gardens spread around and on nine islands. One of the best is the 17-acre Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden.

Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

A must-see for anyone who is passionate about gardens, this horticulturalist’s paradise features dozens of gardens in a range of themes. A few favorites are the Waterlily Display, Pierce’s Park (home to one of the nation’s first collections of trees), and the Tropical Terrace. You also won’t want to miss the Main Fountain Garden, where an elaborately choreographed fountain dazzles.


Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, Colorado

The Denver Botanic Gardens bear the distinction of being one of the country’s top public gardens, and it’s easy to see why. From the international-inspired gardens to the waterlily garden, this 24-acre park offers something to see in every square inch. Make sure to visit before September 24 to see Alexander Calder’s sculptures among the gorgeous gardens.


Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, Miami, Florida

Rare flowers and plants from the tropics are the specialty of this incredible garden. The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens are also home to an exquisite collection of orchids. These delicate blooms are also the subject of a current exhibition on display through June 25, entitled, “Orchids Through the Artists’ Eyes“.


San Francisco Botanical Garden

Located at Golden Gate Park, this 55-acre urban oasis offers over 8,500 from around the world. The Gardens open daily at 7:30 a.m., offering an inspiring way to start one’s morning. Though so many plants catch our eye, the redwoods never disappoint.

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