A botanical garden is a good place to relax and get closer to nature. People often visit the botanical gardens to enjoy some quality time away from the maddening crowds of the cities and town. You can enjoy a picnic and relax in these gardens which are full of beautiful plants and flowers. Americans must consider themselves lucky because the country has some really good botanical gardens. Here is the list of 10 best botanical gardens in the US:
1. Missouri Botanical Garden
Located in St. Louis, Missouri was founded by botanist and philanthropist Henry Shaw. Initially, this beautiful garden was named Shaw’s Garden. Shaw founded this garden in 1859. It is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the US. The garden is located near Tower Grove Park. It has several places of attraction like the Butterfly House, Shaw Nature Reserve, Earthways Center, The Plant List etc.
2. United States Botanic Garden
The Congress established the United States Botanic Garden in 1820. It is located on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C. The Conservatory was shut down in 1997 for renovation and was reopened in 2001. It has a modern indoor garden with around 4,000 plants of different species. The Architect of the Capitol administers this beautiful garden which has a huge Bartholdi Park.
3. Memphis Botanic Garden
The 96 acre large Memphis Botanic Garden has several plants, lakes and woodlands. This botanical garden displays Japanese Garden of tranquility and Sensory Garden. It has a separate garden for children named My Big Backyard Children’s Garden. Established in 1953, the garden located in Audubon Park at 750 Cherry Road, Memphis, Tennessee.
4. Denver Botanic Gardens
Located in Denver, Colorado, this 23-acre (93,000 m2) garden has a conservatory and a variety of theme gardens. The major attraction of Denver Botanic Gardens is its sunken amphitheater, which hosts several cultural events. Renowned Hollywood filmmaker Woody Allen shot some scenes of his film Sleeper here.
5. Brooklyn Botanic Garden
The New York Times has rated the Brooklyn Botanic Garden as the best horticultural attraction in the region. The sprawling garden has small gardens inside it. The garden has a Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. For children, there is Discovery Garden. The garden’s major attraction is Steinhardt Conservatory which has C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum.
6. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
This 83-acre (34 ha) Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located in metropolitan Miami, Florida. It has several rare tropical plants. Robert H. Montgomery established the garden in 1936. In 1938, the garden was opened to the public. Montgomery named the garden after his friend David Fairchild. Presently, this garden is famous with botanists from across the world as a research center.
7. Chicago Botanic Garden
The 385-acre (156 ha) Chicago Botanic Garden is located at Glencoe, Illinois. The garden has a plant museum and 24 display gardens. Four natural habitats surround these gardens. Forest Preserve District of Cook County owns the Chicago Botanic Garden, while the Chicago Horticultural Society manages it.
8. Arnold Arboretum
Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the Arnold Arboretum is an arboretum of Harvard University. Arnold Arboretum is located in Roslindale sections of Massachusetts. The Arboretum was founded in 1872.
9. UC-Davis Arboretum
The 100-acre (0.40 km2) big University of California-Davis Arboretum is located at the southern side of the university along the banks of Putah Creek. Established in 1936, the gardens of the arboretum are open round-the clock. It has 100 acres of beautiful gardens. The gardens of the arboretum have plants arranged as per geographic areas, groups, themes and historical periods.
10. National Tropical Botanical Garden
Headquartered in Kalaheo, the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) was designed by architect Vladimir Ossipoff. The NTBG is a group that works for the preservation of native plants. The NTBG has different garden sites: McBryde Garden, Allerton Garden, Limahuli Garden and Preserve, Kahanu Garden and The Kampong.