When you’re traveling, sometimes it’s nice to be able to slow down and take time to smell the roses. Here are suggestions for four public gardens in the U.S. where you can do just that (literally). Enjoy!
Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square (Pennsylvania)
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348
A beautifully designed, inspiring space, the Longwood Gardens seek to combine garden design, horticulture, education, and the arts to inspire visitors of all ages. The impressive fountains and unique garden layouts have made this one of the top botanical gardens in the U.S. Longwood is also very in tune with and respectful of the site’s history— before becoming a botanical garden, this site was home to the native Lenni Lenape tribe and Quaker farmers.
Missouri Botanical Garden (St. Louis, Missouri)
4344 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110
One of the top three botanical gardens in the world, the Missouri Botanical Garden was founded in 1859 by Henry Shaw. Toda, the Garden is widely known as a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display.
Brookgreen Gardens (Murrells Inlet, South Carolina)
1931 Brookgreen Drive
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
Brookgreen Gardens is one of the only botanical gardens in the country that has earned accreditation from the American Association of Museums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (it’s also a National Historic Landmark and listed on the Register of National Historic Places). Brookgreen offers a variety of tours, educational programs, and exhibits for visitors of all ages. With displays and exhibits that change seasonally, you’ll never feel like you’re visiting the same place twice.
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
1000 East Beltline Ave NE
Grand Rapids Charter Township, MI 49525
A unique and dynamic site, the Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is known for its wide array of sculptures by world-class artists and striking garden layouts. There is so much to do and see at the Meijer Gardens that curators encourage guests to plan at least four hours to enjoy the entire garden and sculpture park.
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