While you might be busy this April 1st conducting pranks on loved ones, the beginning of April is no joke when it comes to nature. Flowers start to bloom and suddenly thumbs begin to turn a little bit greener. There might be April showers, but the month also signals the beginning of many gardeners’ favorite time of year. April is appropriately National Garden Month. Whether you are sick of the snow or in need of your own inspiration for your home garden, here are a few gardens across the country where you can get out and appreciate spring blooms at their best and brightest.
Longwood Gardens: In terms of size, Longwood Gardens takes the cake. Home to 1,077 acres, the space is considered one of the world’s great gardens. Longwood Gardens are particularly worth the trip to Pennsylvania from April 4th through March 31st when the Spring Blooms displays beings to pop. Visitors can see more than 240,000 tulips, native azaleas and plenty of flowering trees. The Longwood Gardens sit three miles from Kennett Square, 30 miles from Philadelphia and 12 miles from Wilmington, Delaware.
Desert Botanical Garden: If you seek a visit to a non-traditional garden, Phoenix supplies with its Desert Botanical Garden. Across 145 acres, the garden boasts over 50,000 plants. The emphasis remains largely not on rare flowers from other parts of the world, but rather plants from the Southwestern United States. Visitors can experience a unique collection of cacti on the grounds. In addition, spring brings wildflower blooms and the annual butterfly exhibit. Admission costs $22 for adults.
Missouri Botanical Garden: While Saint Louis, Missouri might not come to mind as an ideal destination for spring, it should merely just to see the Missouri Botanical Garden. Across 79 acres, the grounds hold eye-popping displays including the Chinese Garden, English Woodland Garden, Ottoman Garden and the Victorian District. Home to more than 4,800 trees, the garden is also a historic one. Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden remains the nation’s oldest botanical garden in continuous operation. It is even a National Historic Landmark. For an $8 ticket for adults, visitors can see one of the world’s largest collections of rare and endangered orchids. April brings colorful tulips, peonies, irises, azaleas and foam flowers.
San Francisco Botanical Garden: If you spend some time in Golden Gate Park, you are bound to stumble upon the San Francisco Botanical Garden. One of the most diverse gardens on the globe, the San Francisco Botanical Garden sprawls across 55 acres of landscaped gardens and open spaces. Visitors can take in the scents of over 8,000 plants from around the world. San Francisco’s climatic conditions have lent the garden a unique make up. The San Francisco Botanical Garden is particularly notable for its magnolia collection, boasting the world’s fourth most significant collection of magnolia for conservation purposes. Admission runs at $7 for adults.