Fuller Gardens, North Hampton, New Hampshire
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In Full Bloom: Photos of Gorgeous Botanical Gardens in All 50 States

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Fuller Gardens, North Hampton, New Hampshire
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Gardens Across the Country

A garden in bloom is a picnic for the senses, and an escape from the hustle of daily life — even if we're only able to enjoy photos of them at the moment. Beautiful botanical gardens across the country are dedicated to education, research, and conservation, offering a chance to unwind, learn, and find inspiration for creating a plot at home. And while many botanical gardens are currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, we can still enjoy spectacular photos of these gardens for some peace of mind until we can visit them in person.

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham, Alabama
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Alabama: Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham
With more than 67 acres and 30 separate gardens, there is always something blooming at  the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Themes include Japanese, all-American, crape myrtle, rose, fern, and rhododendron, as well as gardens for the disabled and the bereaved. 

Alaska Botanical Garden, Anchorage, Alaska
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Alaska: Alaska Botanical Garden

Anchorage
Alaska's botanical garden is on the pricey side from May to September, but since daylight lasts almost 24 hours in summer, patrons can really get their money's worth. Perennial, wildflower, and herb gardens as well as trails adorn the garden's 110 acres. 

Botanical Garden of The Ozarks, Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Arizona: Tucson Botanical Gardens

Tucson
Claiming 5 acres in central Tucson, this garden covers several different themes, including cacti and succulents, butterflies, birds, and children's discovery — and a miniature train runs through it. 

Betty Road Alpine Gardens, Vail, Colorado
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Arkansas: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Fayetteville
With 12 themed gardens and a butterfly house, this garden pays tribute to the unique ecosystems of the Ozarks. An arboretum was added in 2012. 

San Francisco Botanical Garden, San Francisco, California
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California: San Francisco Botanical Garden

San Francisco
It's hard to choose among the many beautiful gardens in California, but this one located right in Golden Gate Park has unmatched diversity. The microclimate of the 55-acre park allows plants from all over the world to thrive. A California garden features native redwoods, while other gardens showcase the flora of South America, Asia, Australia, the Mediterranean, Mexico, and South Africa. 

Betty Road Alpine Gardens in Vail, Colorado
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Elizabeth Park Conservancy, West Hartford, Connecticut
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Connecticut: Elizabeth Park Conservancy

West Hartford
For people who can't get enough of roses, Elizabeth Park is the spot, with more than 450 rose beds. Dating back to 1894, this is the oldest public rose garden in the country. There are also shade, annual, and herb gardens; perennial borders; and greenhouses, as well as a wooded park area and tennis courts. 

Mt. Cuba Center, Hockessin, Delaware
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Delaware: Mt. Cuba Center

Hockessin
With more than 50 acres of gardens and 500 acres for hiking and strolling, Mt. Cuba features dogwoods, meadows, a trillium garden, a formal garden with perennials, ponds with aquatic flora, and a picnic area. A trial garden evaluates plants for ornamental value, as well as resistance to pests and disease. 

U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, D.C.
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District of Columbia: The U.S. Botanic Garden

Washington, D.C.
George Washington's vision of the capital included this botanical garden, in operation since 1820. The conservatory focuses on plants of the jungle, desert, and primeval times. The National Garden features plants native to the mid-Atlantic, a butterfly garden, and a First Ladies Water Garden. A plant library contains 65,000 species, including medicinal and carnivorous plants, orchids, cacti, bromeliads, ferns, and exotic plants confiscated at the nation's borders.

Florida Botanical Garden, Largo, Florida
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Florida: Florida Botanical Gardens

Largo
Along with formal gardens, a demonstration garden, and displays of tropical plants, Florida Botanical Gardens contains an aquatic habitat and natural area that showcases the diversity of plant and animal life unique to this landscape. Native fruits, butterflies, succulents, and palms are among the highlights. The garden features a children's trail, too.

State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
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Georgia: State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Athens
The gardens here include shade and native flora, herbal and medicinal plants, an international garden, and a heritage garden that celebrates the region's horticultural history. Flower gardens are designed to attract native pollinators, and there are greenhouses and nature trails. This garden is active in plant conservation and research, too.

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Papaikou
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Hawaii: Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

Papaikou
In this preserve, visitors can follow a long boardwalk through a lush tropical forest. Other trails lead through a world-class collection of 200 species of palms and gardens of giant ferns, passing waterfalls, heliconias, banyan trees, orchids, bromeliads, a giant koi pond, and abundant wildlife. The garden supports a tropical plant database, and a florist ships lush bouquets anywhere in the U.S.

Idaho Botanical Garden, Boise, Idaho
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Idaho: Idaho Botanical Garden

Boise
The Idaho Botanical Garden's many horticultural holdings include a typical English garden, a rose garden, and greenhouses. Demonstration gardens highlight plants that thrive in the Rockies and High Plains. Other garden areas showcase xeric, native, and fire-wise plants, succulents, and vegetables. 

Chicago Botanic Garden in Chicago, Illinois
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Illinois: Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago
Chicago is home to one of the country's largest botanic gardens, with 385 acres and more than 2.6 million plants. The 27 gardens range from an English walled garden to a Japanese garden and include aquatic, prairie, rose, sensory, residential, and model railroad gardens, as well as a large bonsai collection.

Taltree Arboretum and Gardens, Valparaiso, Indiana
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Indiana: Taltree Arboretum and Gardens

Valparaiso
This nature preserve in northern Indiana is chiefly an arboretum, so its signature plants are woody — that is, trees and shrubs including native oaks, viburnums, and dogwoods. There are seven gardens for plants, with native flora, roses, and a miniature railroad on display. Landscapes include prairie, wetlands, and woods. 

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines, Iowa
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Iowa: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Des Moines
Tropical plants fill the conservatory while temperate gardens adorn the outdoor spaces at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. An allée of maples comes alive in the spring with a display of 3,400 irises. The rose collection intermingles with herbs, and a waterfall garden contains swaths of lilacs and shrubbery as well as thousands of spring bulbs. 

Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Overland Park, Kansas
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Kansas: Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

Overland Park
A majority of this 300-acre park in the Kansas City area is devoted to the preservation and restoration of native ecosystems, including prairie. Visitors can enjoy hiking trails, a Monet garden with pastel blooms, a xeriscape garden that requires no watering, and a model train garden, as well as quiet glades beside waterfalls, brooks, and ponds.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, Crestwood, Kentucky
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Kentucky: Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

Crestwood
Once the home and grounds of a noted plantsman, Yew Dell hosts an English walled garden, serpentine garden, sunken rock garden, seasonal annual gardens, more than a mile of hiking trails, and impressive collections of hellebores, camellias, and ferns, among others. 

Gardens of The American Rose Society, Shreveport, Louisiana
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Mclaughlin Garden and Homestead, South Paris, Maine
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Maine: McLaughlin Garden and Homestead

South Paris
This old farm plot, planted for almost 60 years by a self-taught gardener, houses the largest collection of lilacs in New England. The formal garden contains phlox, hostas, succulents, lilies, native Maine wildflowers, and ferns. Walk under a serene canopy of trees alongside many varieties of woody shrubs. 

Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, Maryland
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Maryland: Brookside Gardens

Wheaton
A 50-acre display garden, Brookside contains two conservatories housing tropical plants. Seasonal events such as a butterfly exhibit and winter holiday show dot the calendar. Displays include aquatic, Japanese, azalea, butterfly, children's, and fragrance gardens. 

The Gardens at ELM Bank, Wellesley, Massachusetts
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Massachusetts: The Gardens at Elm Bank

Wellesley
Situated on 36 acres, the Gardens at Elm Bank are managed by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Visitors will find a trial garden of new and unreleased annuals, a four-season display garden, and themed gardens for children, herbs, daylilies, rhododendrons, and seed-to-table vegetables. A library holds one of the country's oldest and largest collections of horticultural books. 

Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, Michigan
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Michigan: Hidden Lake Gardens

Tipton
This 775-acre plot owned by the University of Michigan includes an arboretum, a conservatory, and gardens featuring hostas, dwarf and rare conifers, bonsais, and perennials. A conservatory houses tropical plants, arid plants, and houseplants, and 10 miles of hiking trails give nature lovers ample room to roam. 

Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society, St. Cloud, Minnesota
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Minnesota: Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society

St. Cloud
Munsinger Gardens, on the site of a former sawmill, grew out of a Depression-era Works Progress Administration project that produced trees, flower beds, a lily pond, rock-lined paths, and a greenhouse. Clemens Gardens comprises a rose garden with more than 100 varieties, a rest area with fountains and vines, a white garden, a formal garden, a perennial garden, and a treillage garden with a giant arbor surrounded by four large one-color beds. Free public concerts, an art fair, and other events are on the calendar.

Crosby Arboretum, Picayune, Mississippi
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Mississippi: Crosby Arboretum

Picayune
The Crosby Arboretum, with 700 acres and more than 300 species of plants, teaches visitors about the habitats of the southeastern coastal region. The savannah contains trees, shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers adapted to reduce the possibility of devastating wildfires. Wetlands showcase aquatic plants and wildlife, and woodlands contain more than 12,000 newly planted trees. There are several trails for exploring.

Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri
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Missouri: Missouri Botanical Garden

St. Louis
One of the oldest botanical gardens in the U.S., Missouri Botanical Garden is known for its research, trial gardens, and work in conservation and sustainability. It attracts visitors with 79 acres of formal gardens, international gardens, demonstration gardens that teach home gardening skills, and conservatories, including a half-acre geodesic dome that houses a tropical rainforest. Many home gardeners are familiar with its excellent and descriptive plant database. 

Tizer Botanic Gardens and Arboretum, Jefferson City, Montana
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Montana: Tizer Botanic Gardens and Arboretum

Jefferson City
Plants that flourish during Montana's short growing year include vegetables, roses, herbs, and wildflowers. The gardens feature plants for hummingbirds and butterflies and a meditation space with a large stone Buddha. 

Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska
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Nebraska: Lauritzen Gardens

Omaha
This living museum offers four seasons of displays on more than 100 acres. The Lauritzen Gardens include an arboretum and bird sanctuary, woodland areas for hiking, water features, English perennial borders, and Victorian, conservation, herb, tree peony, model railroad, and children's gardens. A conservatory hosts tropical plants and a revolving series of exhibits. 

Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden, Reno, Nevada
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Nevada: Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Reno
Located in a transitional zone between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Great Basin Desert, where temperatures can fluctuate up to 40 degrees in a day, this 13-acre site is a testament to the hardiness of 4,000 species of plants, which survive in an arid climate with less than 8 inches of annual rainfall. Among the gardens are a secluded, shady grove bedecked with wisteria and honeysuckle, a songbird garden, a rose garden, a rock garden, and a wetland area.

Fuller Gardens, North Hampton, New Hampshire
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New Hampshire: Fuller Gardens

North Hampton 
Once the summer estate of a New Hampshire governor, these gardens (designed by the esteemed Olmsted firm) have been maintained continuously since the late 1920s. A formal rose garden with 1,500 rose bushes, Japanese garden with a koi pond, English perennial garden, and shady hosta garden are interspersed with statuary and water features at Fuller Gardens

Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown, New Jersey
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New Jersey: Deep Cut Gardens

Middletown
This county-run nature preserve is dedicated to the home gardener, offering classes for beginners as well as experienced gardeners. There's a home-composting demonstration site, a vegetable demonstration garden, and a horticultural center. Those who want to just walk through and delight in the scenery will find shade, rose, and Japanese gardens, a bonsai display, meadows, ponds, and more.

Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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New Mexico: Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Santa Fe
There's plenty to see and learn at this 14-acre garden. Each location reflects a piece of New Mexico's geology and natural history. Arroyo trails demonstrate restoration of this landscape feature and Ojo y Manos combines art and landscape architecture. 

Wave Hill, Bronx, New York
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New York: Wave Hill, Bronx

Bronx
Just outside the concrete jungle of Manhattan, visitors can enjoy 28 acres of flower, aquatic, alpine, herb, and shade gardens; wooded walks of conifers; and flowering ornamental trees. At Wave Hill, the Palm House conservatory holds bulbs and plants from around the world. The mission of this garden is to combine plants with the arts through frequent exhibits, concerts, and family art projects. 

Botanical Gardens, Asheville, North Carolina
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North Carolina: Botanical Gardens at Asheville

Asheville
The Botanical Gardens’ grounds are home to a botanically diverse collection of plants native to the Southern Appalachians. Sunny and dry locations, as well as shady and wet areas, showcase a wide variety of flora. A walking trail covers streams, meadows, woodlands, and wildflower groves. 

Northern Plains Botanical Garden Society, Fargo, North Dakota
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North Dakota: Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society, Fargo

Fargo
This botanic garden and arboretum showcases the biodiversity of the northern Great Plains. It also houses many specimens of exotic plants. Featured displays include butterfly and hummingbird gardens; a chrysanthemum test garden; and an alphabet garden with plants placed in alphabetical order. 

Toledo Botanical Garden, Toledo, Ohio
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Ohio: Toledo Botanical Garden

Toledo
In this 60-acre botanical garden, visitors can stroll through gardens dedicated to perennials, annuals, dahlias, roses, woods, and herbs. The facility operates an urban farm and agriculture center that supports more than 125 community gardens. 

Myriad Botanical Gardens, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Oklahoma: Myriad Botanical Gardens

Oklahoma City
This 15-acre horticultural museum and park is well-named: There are many gardens to explore, including a prairie garden and gardens for drought-tolerant plants. Several pools invite kids to splash around and dogs can run unleashed in a designated area. 

Portland Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon
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Oregon: Portland Japanese Garden

Portland
Portland built this garden to honor its sister city of Sapporo, Japan. The harmonious 5.5-acre site features a tea garden; a flat garden that creates balance among the ground, stones, and clipped shrubbery; a strolling pond garden with a stream, waterfall, and moon bridge accented with irises and shrubs; a garden of indigenous deciduous plants; and a sand and stone garden. 

Bartram's Garden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania: Bartram’s Garden

Philadelphia
A historic landmark, this site was purchased by John Bartram in 1728 and has become America's oldest botanic garden. Today, 45 acres of parkland, wetlands, and meadow sit in the heart of the city. The historic garden features plants native to North America, including the continent's oldest gingko tree. 

Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Providence, Rhode Island
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Rhode Island: Roger Williams Park Botanical Center

Providence
Visitors to this city-run park will find perennial gardens, a wooded garden, and a rose maze, but the preserve's best feature is a 12,000-square-foot indoor display. A conservatory contains tropical blooms and trees; a Mediterranean greenhouse represents a more arid climate; and a third, smaller greenhouse is filled with cacti and other succulents.

South Carolina Botanical Gardens, Clemson, South Carolina
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South Carolina: South Carolina Botanical Garden

Clemson
On the campus of Clemson University, a geology museum, an art gallery, historic homes, and nature trails sit on a 295-acre site with the Senn Horticultural Gardens. Visitors will find a butterfly garden, wildflower meadow, and specialty gardens for camellias, hostas, magnolias, native plants, and more. 

McCrory Gardens, Brookings, South Dakota
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South Dakota: McCrory Gardens

Brookings
This 25-acre formal garden on the campus of South Dakota State University serves as a testing ground for new species. Plants with their own areas include irises, lilies, mums, peonies, shrub roses, hostas, and ornamental grasses. Butterfly and hummingbird gardens feature plants that attract these fleeting pollinators, and a prairie garden showcases native habitats. A medicinal garden highlights plants used by local Native Americans. The adjacent arboretum offers nearly 2 miles of walking trails.

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Abroretum, Knoxville, Tennessee
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Tennessee: Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum

Knoxville
This preserve began as a nursery in 1786. Today the park's 47 acres hold eight display gardens, including beds designed and cultivated by Knoxville Master Gardeners, which are used for teaching. Local residents learn to grow food at the Center for Urban Agriculture, and visitors enjoy a dogwood trail, a butterfly meadow, and stone terraces shaded by old trees, where events such as dinners and fundraising galas can be held.

Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Fort Worth, Texas
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Texas: Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Fort Worth
Texas' oldest botanic garden comprises 22 specialized gardens. A water-conservation garden features xeric plants, and a working vegetable garden includes fruit trees and a greenhouse. An elevated boardwalk through a shaded selection of native plants offers activities for kids. 

Conservation Garden Park, West Jordan, Utah
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Utah: Conservation Garden Park

West Jordan
Like much of the Intermountain West, Utah receives little rainfall and uses significant stores of fresh water to maintain outdoor landscaping. Conservation Garden Park seeks to reduce the amount by testing and showcasing landscapes best suited to arid and semi-arid regions. Visitors will find artful displays and also plenty of resources, including classes, landscape ideas, and events — all geared toward helping nature lovers become better stewards of water resources.

Greatwood Gardens, Plainfield, Vermont
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Vermont: Greatwood Gardens

Plainfield
Designed by a protégé of famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Greatwood Gardens is on the campus of Goddard College. This is a small preserve for a small state. It consists primarily of two areas with perennial borders divided by a wide pedestrian walk. Noteworthy features include boxwood hedges cut into an intricate design in the formal garden, a fountain pool, and a rose garden.

Maymont Gardens, Richmond, Virginia
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Virginia: Maymont Gardens

Richmond
The grounds and gardens on this 100-acre estate are truly stunning, showcasing the style of landscaping favored by the wealthy during the Gilded Age. An Italian garden features stonework, fountains, and gazebos. A Japanese garden, shaded by pruned trees, offers a cool respite in an intimate setting. Also on the grounds are a farm for children, wildlife exhibit, butterfly trail, lily and daffodil display garden, herb garden, and wetland habitat.

Bellevue Botanical Garden, Bellevue, Washington
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Washington: Bellevue Botanical Garden

Bellevue
This 53-acre urban garden showcases the natural habitats of the Pacific Northwest. Gardens highlight collections of fuschias, dahlias, rhododendrons, ferns, and perennials. A Japanese contemplative garden and forest trail add to visitors' enjoyment. A water-wise garden demonstrates conservation practices — an unexpected feature in an area known for abundant rainfall. 

West Virginia Botanic Garden, Morgantown, West Virginia
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West Virginia: West Virginia Botanic Garden

Morgantown
This 82-acre site might be considered a “late bloomer.” It started in 2000 and is still developing but also offers much to see and do. Displays include an herb garden, a home landscape demonstration garden, and rock and sensory gardens. The park also features extensive trails through woodlands, wetlands, and display gardens.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, Wisconsin
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Wisconsin: Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Madison
First envisioned by Michael Olbrich almost 100 years ago, these 16 acres of gardens have something blooming all year. The Bolz Conservatory – replete with orchids and other tropical plants, a waterfall, and free-flying tropical birds — is especially delightful in bone-chilling Wisconsin winters. A gilded pavilion, a gift from the Thai government, is surrounded by lush grasses and bamboo that look tropical but can survive the climate. 

Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, Cheyenne, Wyoming
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Wyoming: Cheyenne Botanic Gardens

Cheyenne
The 27 specialty gardens on this 9-acre site include rose, herb, cactus, perennial, rock, sensory, conifer, and historic gardens. Situated in a difficult growing climate, the gardens feature water-saving xeriscaping. The Paul Smith Children's Village (closed Mondays) is a hands-on experience in sustainability with windmills, pumps, waterworks, a doghouse with a green roof, a color-coded geodesic dome, and more.