With summer fading fast and school just around the corner, people are trying to send summer out with style with vacations and final plans. Whether it is last minute road trip or a planed week-long excursion, why not include plants in your trip?
Here at Ambius, we pride ourselves on being able to bring the outside in. However, while a plant on your desk makes us happy, we also want people to enjoy the natural beauty of the world outside, in the fresh air. With this in mind, why not visit your local botanical garden? Botanical gardens are excellent ways to experience plants, flowers, and nature in a fun way. Check out these five amazing gardens that you might just want to include them in your next trip.
Beat the ‘Hot-lanta’ heat and check out this magnificent botanical garden. Built on what used to be an overgrown lot in the middle of the city, this garden has grown both in size and in beauty! Now containing over 60 acres, this attraction has breathtaking gardens and hardwood forests on site. No matter what your age is, this garden has something for everyone.
You can get a birds-eye view from the 40 ft long canopy walk; get lunch from the Outdoor Kitchen supplied by the Edible Garden; marvel at the United State’s largest variety of orchids under one roof; admire the life-like living sculptures of cobras, unicorns, and more; or rediscover your kid at heart in the Children’s Garden; the possibilities are endless at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.
Tip: Pressed for time? Check out their day planner where you can select what type of day you want (kid friendly, power hour, bird watching, etc) and they will provide you with suggestions on what to see.
We are expanding our native plant conservation program with the groundbreaking of Smithgall Woodland Garden! pic.twitter.com/I5VajwiioZ
— Atl Botanical Garden (@AtlBotanical) April 18, 2013
Looking to enjoy a breezy day in the ‘Windy City?’ You might want to consider taking a stroll through the wonderful Chicago Botanic Garden. This garden is sure to impress and won’t break the bank because admission is free! Positioned on 385 acres, it contains 26 different gardens, 4 natural areas, and 6 miles of shoreline. With all this, there is an unbelievable amount to do! Young and old can take part in educational programs and classes at the garden.
In addition, the Chicago Botanical Garden also has an award winning Bonsai Collection, the Elizabeth Huber Japanese Garden, the English Walled Gardens, and even a Model Railroad Garden. If you want to see it all, you might want to take a tram tour that goes through all the different areas. With so much to see and do, the Chicago Botanical Garden is a don’t miss!
Tip: Don’t have time to make it this summer? Check out their Wonderland Express event that takes place each holiday season! Containing models of Chicago landmarks made entirely of natural materials and over 750,000 lights, this holiday extravaganza is sure to amaze!
Kennett Square, PA
From the Liberty Bell to the Eagles, Philadelphia is a city entwined with history and excitement. While Philly has a lot to offer, if you venture outside the city limits you can encounter a beautiful array of different plants and gardens. The Longwood Gardens started out as the private property of Pierre du Pont, a man inspired by the grandeur of the World Fairs. Upon his death 1954, the Longwood Gardens were opened to public and encouraged to be used for education and enjoyment.
Rain or shine, there is always something to do at the Longwood Gardens. If you want to stay inside, make sure to visit the conservatory. One of the world’s great greenhouse structures, the conservatory has 20 indoor gardens and over 5,500 types of plants. Outside, the possibilities truly are endless! Some highlights are the Oak and Conifer Knoll, Wisteria Garden, Rose Arbor, Caryopteris Allee, and Topiary Garden with an Analemmatic Sundial. From its inspiring exhibitions to its luscious gardens, the history and tradition of these gardens is still alive today.
Tip: Make sure to hear the beauty! Not only do they have bountiful gardens, but they also have several interesting instruments used for their performing arts programs. A Steinway concert grand piano resides in the Conservatory music rooms and a Chimes Tower houses a 62 bell carillon! Most impressive is the 10,010 pipe Aeolian organ, the largest residence organ in the world. It’s no wonder people are making noise about this garden!
The Gardens come to life during Spring Blooms. Watch and share the magic of spring at Longwood Gardens: http://t.co/iQf85U4him
— Longwood Gardens (@longwoodgardens) March 29, 2013
St. Louis, MO
This ‘Gateway to the West’ might just be your gateway to fun! This 79-acre space contains the nation’s oldest botanical garden that has been in continuous operation. It is now a National Historic Landmark and beautiful escape from city life. There are several different gardens ranging from the classic English Woodland Garden to the new and exciting Climatron. The Climatron is a conservatory inside a geodesic dome. It has no internal support and has a tropical rainforest theme that is intensely controlled.
Families can enjoy the Children’s Garden and Butterfly House, which encourage children to experience the wonder of the natural world through hands on events and activities. This city oasis offers miles of trails for walking or running in addition to beautiful gardens. It also offers Tram Tours to allow visitors to see the gardens in a relaxing way. This National Historic Landmark is a must see!
Tip: Send summer out with a bang at the annual Japanese Festival this Labor Day weekend. Celebrate Japanese history and culture through art, food, dance, and more! This is one of the largest and oldest festivals of its kind and an exciting way to end the summer!
New York City, NY
Heading to the ‘Big Apple’ this summer, why not take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a relaxing day surrounded by nature? The New York Botanical Garden offers over 50 gardens and plant collections and a variety of events and activities to make any trip memorable.
You can wallow in the beauty of the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, which took over 70 years to complete! It contains over 3,000 different roses and is one of, if not the most, beautiful rose garden in the United States! After you stop and smell the roses, you can experience the sensual herb garden that fills the senses with aromatic scents. Other options include the rock garden, which recreates an alpine escape, a Classical Italian Garden, a forest and more! You can even eat food prepared by Mario Batalli’s chefs with produce from the on-site edible garden. With so much history and culture, this garden is almost as diverse as its city!
Tip: The garden is great for children and families too! The Everett Children’s Adventure Garden encourages children to become one with nature and explore the world around them. They can become scientists though the Touch Tank with water plants and microscopes available for them to use, or they can be adventures at the Boulder Maze. During the summer, they can even help with a garden and learn how food is grown! The New York Botanical Gardens manage to make learning fun for all!
Hello gorgeous! Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden open again! pic.twitter.com/f6UfcsiNMt
— NY Botanical Garden (@NYBG) May 1, 2013
Curious about your innate need for nature? Learn about how humans can bring nature indoors on our interactive Biophilia website.
Have you visited any of these botanical gardens or do you have another you think should be on this list? Share below in the comments.