This blog post was updated on May 6, 2021.
Do you have a green thumb? Love landscape architecture? If you answered yes, check out one of these five stunning botanical gardens throughout the U.S. Because a visit to a botanic garden and a lunch at a lovely restaurant makes a perfect Mother’s Day outing!
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, New York
This urban sanctuary is immensely popular with Brooklyn residents looking for a nature escape and tourists alike. Take a free guided tour or stroll the grounds on your own. A visit to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden wouldn’t be complete without a stroll through its world-famous Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden or the Bluebell Wood, a wooded haven filled with blooming bluebells, as the name very well implies.
United States Botanic Garden, Washington, D.C.
Located on the National Mall, the United States Botanic Garden is truly a national treasure. Admission is free, and there are a number of educational opportunities for both children and adults alike. Among the must-see landscapes, visitors can’t miss favorites such as the rose garden, the butterfly garden, and the First Ladies’ water garden.
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
The 50-acre Desert Botanical Garden is filled with, well, desert plants like cacti and succulents. A unique aspect of it is its collection of 140 rare, endangered, or threatened plants. The Desert Botanical Garden is also known for its own music festival, the annual spring concert series called Music in the Garden!
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Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta
The Atlanta Botanical Garden has a lot to offer on top of its beautiful landscaping. Check out the orchid conservatory or one of the its art exhibitions on display. Perhaps most impressive is the “canopy walk,” which allows lets visitors tour an urban forest from 40 feet in the air!
Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago
The expansive (385-acre) Chicago Botanic Garden is beloved by everyone — from Windy City dwellers to visitors from other parts of the country — so it should certainly be noted if you had Chicago in mind while searching for cheap Mother’s Day flights. It features 24 display gardens and four native plant habitats, being the vegetable gardens particularly impressive. Besides, most of them are located on islands, which just adds to their loveliness. You will also find a good number of classes, specialized tours, and various on-site educational opportunities for learners of all ages.
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