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Peace Garden at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Garden

Garden lovers and history buffs alike will enjoy a road trip searching out the War of 1812 Bicentennial Peace Gardens. Dedicated at historic sites in the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada, the War of 1812 Bicentennial Peace Gardens commemorate the more than two hundred years of peace and friendship between two countries that share the world’s longest undefended boarder.

The garden trail covers more than 600 miles including the United States and Canada, and blooms May through October. Gardens are located throughout the Greater Niagara, Finger Lakes, 1000 Islands/Seaway and Adirondack Coast regions of New York State.

Peace Garden at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Garden

Peace Garden at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Garden

Peace Garden at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Garden

Charlotte Genessee Lighthouse Peace Garden

Charlotte Genessee Lighthouse Peace Garden



For suggested itineraries, special events, nearby attractions, accommodations, and more, contact each  garden individually or call 1-800-622-2686 ext 23 (M-F 8 am – 4 pm EST)

About the International Peace Garden Foundation

Established in 1992, the nonprofit International Peace Garden Foundation is a nonprofit organization advocates global friendship through the creation of peace gardens and cultural programs around the world.

“Let the seeds of peace begin here and spread throughout the world.”

Dallas Arboretum Pumpkin Festival

Dallas Arboretum's Autumn at the Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum ushers in fall with Autumn at the Arboretum, featuring the Texas-size Pumpkin Village. Constructed with more than 75,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash, it’s an impressive site. There’s also an Old Texas Town in the Pecan Grove, even Cinderella’s coach is created with pumpkins, and more than 150,000 fall-blooming flowers throughout the site. According to Fodor’s Travel, this event is rated one of America’s best pumpkin festivals.

September 19 – November 25, 2015.

The Dallas Arboretum features 66-acres of spectacular display gardens that showcase incredible seasonal flowers, ornamental shrubs, trees and plant collections in a serene setting on White Rock Lake. Over 100 varieties of trees, including signature plantings of magnolias, crape myrtles, lacebark elms, live oaks, and red cedar trees. The Arboretum features the only public display of the Huang Collection of azaleas outside of China.


Located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX, 75218

Open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day

For more Information please call 214-515-6500 or email  info@dallasarboretum.org

Ball Ground: Gibbs Gardens Daffodil Display


Ball Ground, GA

Gibbs Gardens Daffodil Display

February 18- April 15. Gibbs Gardens Daffodil Gardens is is the largest daffodil display in the country, with more than 20 million daffodil blossoms covering 50 acres of hillsides and valley. Did you think daffodils only come in yellow? There are 60 varieties with colors ranging from primrose-yellow, yellow, gold, saffron, orange, shades of yellow and orange, to blush pinks, creamy whites and white.

There’s more to see in this brilliant spring display, with forsythia and spirea plantings and cherry and flowering dogwood trees.

There are also more than a thousand azaleas, including hundreds of fragrant early-, mid- and late-blooming  native azaleas. During June, ancient Viscosum (Swamp Azalea) are in bloom.

Gibbs Gardens is a pleasure garden created by the Atlanta area landscape designer Jim Gibbs, founder of Gibbs Landscape Co., one of the largest landscaping firms in Atlanta.





And then my heart with pleasure fills
And dances with the daffodils.”

—William Wordsworth


Less than an hour’s drive from Atlanta, the gardens are open from February 28 through Dec. 15.

Located at 1987 Gibbs Drive, Ball Ground, GA 30107

Phone 770-893-1880 or 770-893-1881

New Orleans City Park Old Grove


New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans City Park Old Grove

New Orleans’ City Park is not an arboretum in the strictest sense, but there are approximately 20,000 trees here and the Park’s truly impressive Old Grove has mature Live Oaks thought to be the oldest in the world.

The Anseman Oak and McDonogh Oak are between 600 and 900 years old. In all, there are 10 varieties of oak trees, including Live Oak, Cherrybark, Cow, Nutall, Overcup, Post, Shumard, Water, White, and Willow. Live Oaks are known for their distinctive sculptural shape, with some of the oldest trees having limbs that are twice as long as the oak is tall.

Inside the park, you’ll also find bald cypress, magnolia, slash pine and sweet gum.

Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005,  95 percent of City Park was covered in floodwaters for weeks, inflicting $43 million in damages to the park alone  and the park lost approximately 2,000 trees. However, more than 5,000 trees in the past several years.

Did you know?

“The average person consumes about 386 pounds of oxygen per year. The average, healthy tree (say, a 32-foot ash tree) can produce about 260 pounds of oxygen annually. Two trees supply the oxygen needs of one person every year.”

“Today’s mighty oak is just yesterday’s nut that held its ground.” – Anonymous

What’s Special

Located in the Casino Building on Dreyfous Avenue, Morning Call serves  café au lait and beignets 24 hours a day, along with  jambalaya and gumbo, ice cream and other treats.


1 Palm Drive

New Orleans, LA 70124


Memphis: Dixon Gallery & Gardens

Memphis, TN

Arboretum CelebrationThe Dixon Gallery and Gardens has both art and gardens – what more do you need?

Founded in 1976 by Hugo and Margaret Dixon, the Dixon’s 17-acre is landscaped in the manner of an English park, with open vistas adjacent to smaller formal spaces, reflecting Dixon’s English heritage.

Highlights include the edible garden, three terraced outdoor rooms enclosed with clipped boxwood hedges, a cutting garden, and the newly renovated Woodland Gardens.

The highly-regarded permanent art collection began with the Dixon’s original assembly of works by French Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, an American Impressionist, as well as 18th and 19th century British portraits and landscapes. The museum now includes works by Degas, Renoir, Matisse, Mary Cassatt, Paul Gauguin, Monet, Cezanne, Georges Seurat, Raoul Dufy, and Chaim Soutine.

What’s Special

Located in the Mid-South in the original hardwood capital of the world, the Dixon is a certified Level IV (four) arboretum (which means there are more than 120 identified species of trees). This region has the perfect climate — rain, soil and climate – for hardwoods such as the native oaks, hickory, beech, and maples.


Closed Mondays

Closed New Year’s Day, July 4, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day

4339 Park Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38117

For more information, phone 901-761-5250

Salt Lake City: Red Butte Garden and Arboretum

Red Butte_rose garden

Salt Lake City, Utah

Red Butte Garden and Arboretum

Situated in the foothills of the Wasatch Range in Salt Lake City, Red Butte Garden is run by the University of Utah. More than 100 acres includes 2-3 miles of hiking trails. 18 acres of display gardens feature the Hemingway Four Seasons Garden, Dumke Floral Walk, Children’s Garden, Fragrance Garden, Rose Garden, Medicinal Garden, and the Orangerie.

The Garden also offers advice, tips, classes, and workshops for gardening in Utah.

What’s Special

By partnering with the Center for Plant Conservation and other organizations,the Red Butte Garden Conservation Program has been working to protect more than 250 of Utah’s rare plant species and native habitats throughout the Intermountain West.


Closed Thanksgiving Day and Dec. 24-Jan 1

300 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

(801)585-0556 [ info ]

Kaysville: Utah State University Botanical Center

Kaysville, Utah

Utah State Botanical Center

Utah State_Teaching Garden

The focus of the Utah State University Botanical Center is education and research on conservation and wise use of plant, water, and energy resources. The H. Paul and Mary Jane Rasmussen Teaching Garden (pictured) is a living example of example of color, texture and water conservation in the garden.

The Varga Arboretum is arranged according to the irrigation needs of its more than 300 trees and shrubs. There’s also an urban fishery, walking and biking trails, wetland areas that support birds and other wildlife, a volunteer-tended garden that provides thousands of pounds of fresh produce to local food banks, a seasonal farmers market and a full schedule of classes, workshops, educational field trips and other events.


920 S. 50 W.
Kaysville, UT 84037[ info ]

Dallas: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden


Dallas, Texas

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

The Dallas Arboretum features 66-acres of spectacular display gardens that showcase incredible seasonal flowers, ornamental shrubs, trees and plant collections in a serene setting on White Rock Lake. Over 100 varieties of trees, including signature plantings of magnolias, crape myrtles, lacebark elms, live oaks, and red cedar trees. The Arboretum features the only public display of the Huang Collection of azaleas outside of China.

What’s Special

The new Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

The Garden, designed for preschool to middle school children, is really an 8 acre laboratory with 17 outdoor and indoor galleries, each designed around a key science theme. In each of these galleries there are many hands-on exhibits and real plants and animals that are examples of these science concepts. The children will be immersed in nature; walking on boardwalks through grass tunnels, exploring a full-acre wetlands, walking along the Texas Skywalk through the tree canopy and under a waterfall. They will explore a “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” world where everything is giant-sized, learn that their food comes from plants and the critical people-plant-animal connections- outdoors where nature is real.

The indoor plant lab and discovery center will enable children to discover even more using technology and the tools of science. They will visit a plant lab, a soil lab, a 3-D mini theater; solve a CSI mystery and much more.

The site of this amazing and innovative new garden is at the north end of the Arboretum on the hillside overlooking White Rock Lake. This precious lake-view will also encourage children to see the beauty of nature while unlocking its mysteries.


Located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX, 75218

Open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day

For more Information please call 214-515-6500 or email  info@dallasarboretum.org

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Austin: The Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum

Wildflower center arbarboretum

Austin, Texas

The Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum

The Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum covers 16 acres at Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas. Here the ground is covered with native grasses and wildflowers, and pathways connect different groupings of trees, including:

  • Xeric Collection with trees for hot, dry, rocky, places
  • The Hall of Texas Heroes collection, where Texas history comes alive through the propagation of historically significant trees
  • Texas Oak collection, which will eventually feature all 54 oak species native to Texas, including  Red oaks, cedar elms and others, some of which are 100-plus years old.

Picnic areas throughout the site.

What’s Special

A special tree in the “Hall of Texas Heroes” collection is a genetically identical copy or “clone” of Austin’s famous “Treaty Oak” grown by the Texas Forest Service. The original Treaty Oak in downtown Austin has survived centuries and is the last remnant of what American Indians call the Council of Oaks.  Other trees in this collection are the Alamo Live Oak and the Sam Houston Kissing Bur Oak.


Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, Texas 78739
Phone: 512.232.0100

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Austin: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

LBJ Wildflower_wfc_demostration

Austin, Texas

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Lady Bird Johnson, our former first lady, was known for her tireless campaign to beautify America. In recognition of her efforts, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and on it was inscribed this tribute: “Her leadership transformed the American landscape and preserved its natural beauty as a national treasure.”

Part of her legacy is the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin that introduces visitors to the incredible beauty of native plants.

In 1982, Mrs. Johnson and actress Helen Hayes founded the National Wildflower Research Center to protect and preserve North America’s native plants and natural landscapes. Later renamed as the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the 279-acre site is now an Organized Research Unit of the University of Texas at Austin dedicated to increasing the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes.

The Center’s gardens display the native plants of the Central Texas Hill Country, South and West Texas, while the Plant Conservation Program protects the ecological heritage of Texas by conserving its rare and endangered flora. The Native Plant Information Network is a database of more than 7,200 native species available online.

The cultivated wildflower meadows and gardens feature 12 acres with about 650 species of native Texas plants. The center is one of only three gardens nationally emphasizing native plants.

Other points of interest: A rooftop rainwater harvesting system, aqueduct, and observation tower.

The Little House Courtyard is designed to help young children ages two to six learn about shapes, smells, textures and colors through nature. There’s also a wikiup (a framed hut used by nomadic Native Americans), tree stump stools and large pots in which children can dig for plastic insects and lizards.

What’s Special

Working gardens such as the Hill Country Stream, Homeowner Inspiration Gardens, and the Ann and O.J. Weber Butterfly Garden serve as models for homeowners as they restore their own property to a more natural state.


Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, Texas 78739
Phone: 512.232.0100

Photo credit: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Memphis: Memphis Botanic Garden



Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis Botanic Garden

If you think the most popular attraction in Memphis is Graceland, know that the Memphis Botanic Garden has its own legion of devoted fans.

Here are more than 96 acres, with 28 specialty gardens, among them: an extensive holly collection; a hosta trail designated as an American Hosta Society National Display Garden; a Cactus and Succulent Garden; Conifer Collection; Four Seasons Garden; Hydrangea Garden; Azalea Trail; Magnolia Trail; Rose and Iris Gardens.

The Daylily Circle is an official Display Garden by the American Hemerocallis Society and features approximately 500 different daylilies. The Herb Garden is one of the largest in the United States, with 750 species represeningt those which will do well in the Mid-South, or are being trialed.

One of the photographed locations in the Memphis is the Japanese Garden of Tranquility (Seijaku-En). Originally designed by Dr. P.T. Tono of Tokyo, the garden was redesigned in 1989 by garden designer, Dr. Koichi Kawana who  worked with local landscape architect J. Ritchie Smith. Dr. Kawana pioneered the design of traditional Japanese gardens that employ native plants.

Instead of merely reading a list of plants, the Butterfly Garden is a wonderful place to visit, and see firsthand which plants attract different species of butterflies in terms of color and nectar. Many of these plants found here are natives. Herbs such as parsley, fennel, and chives are food for butterfly larvae, while coneflowers, goldstrum daisies, asters, and joe pye weed are nectar sources.

The W.C. Paul Arboretum is a showcase of rare trees and is a must see for horticulturalists.

A wonderful tribute to honor the men and women in the Armed Forces of the United States, the Blue Star Memorial Marker and Garden is designed to represent the stars and stripes of the American flag.

What’s Special

My Big Backyard children’s garden is part horticultural display, part children’s museum, part playground and part imagination extraorinaire.

Memphis Botanic Garden

Memphis Botanic Garden

Among the many attractions, Seedling Circle is a special spot for toddlers while Nature Play features more challenging activities, like fort-building. Raindrop Stop comes on every 30 minutes, with one minute of clouds and thunder followed by two minutes of “rain”.  And in Wormville, young visitors Wiggle like a worm through larger-than-life worm tunnels.


Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Phone: (901)636-4100

Address: 750 Cherry Road Memphis, TN 38117

General info email: info@memphisbotanicgarden.com [ info ]

Kennett Square: Longwood Gardens

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Longwood orchid_house_vertLongwood Gardens

Recently included in TripAdvisor’s top 10 U.S. public gardens, Longwood Gardens is considered by many as one of the great botanical gardens of the world. In the early 1900s, industrialist and conservationist Pierre S. du Pont (1870-1954) decided to save a collection of historic trees from being sold for lumber and bought the small farm near Kennett Square where he proceeded to create the heart of today’s Gardens. In 1946, the Gardens were turned over to a foundation set up by Mr. du Pont.

Today, Longwood Gardens encompasses 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, meadows, fountains and an extraordinary 4.5 acre conservatory. Longwood has 20 outdoor gardens, among the highlights:

Caryopteris Allee, or border of bluebeard, plus a rose garden, lilacs, peonies, wisteria, and much more.

Chimes Tower and waterfall features a waterfall and the 61-foot-tall Chimes Tower and the  62-bell Longwood Carillon.

The Topiary Garden has more than 50 specimens in 20 different shapes – from cubes and spirals and birds to a table and chair. The topiaries are sheared every July and August. There’s also an analemmatic sundial constructed by Mr. du Pont in 1939 which is accurate to within two minutes.

Bee-aMazed Children’s Garden takes its inspiration by honeybees, featuring three major areas: the Honeycomb Maze, Flower Fountain, and Buzz Trail.

Peirce’s Park, where some of the trees estimated to be more than 200 years old, has one of the finest collections of trees in the nation. Noteworthy plants: Canada hemlock (Tsuga canadensis), cucumber magnolia (Magnolia acuminata), tulip-tree (Liriodendron tulipifera), London plane-tree (Platanus xacerifolia), littleleaf linden (Tilia cordata)

Longwood Conservatory.  Pierre du Pont built his first conservatory so he could have oranges in the winter. While it didn’t work out for him, today there are oranges in the conservatory, along with a twenty different types of bananas, from the 30-foot plantain to dwarf varieties that can be grown in a container. The original Conservatory was built in 1919, but has been expanded to 4.5 acres which shelters 5,500 types of plants and 20 indoor gardens.  FYI, according to Longwood: “A leisurely stroll through the display areas takes about 1½ hours and covers about ½ mile.”

The conservatory includes roses, bonsai,  ferns (Noteworthy plants: Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata), rabbit’s-foot fern (Davallia fejeensis), staghorn fern (Platycerium), wooly tree fern (Dicksonia fibrosa), bird’s-nest fern (Asplenium nidus), maidenhair fern (Adiantum)). There’s also a display of plants found in Mediterranean-type climates.

Orchid House. The collection includes more than 3,200 different types of orchids with an estimated 200 to 500 plants at peak bloom at any one time. Noteworthy plants: cattleyas (Cattleya), lady-slippers (Paphiopedilum), pansy orchids (Miltonia), dendrobiums (Dendrobium), moth orchids (Phalaenopsis).

Longwood’s performance series. Longwood also has a tradition of showcasing top performing artists since du Pont first welcomed his good friend John Philip Sousa to the Conservatory Gardens in 1922.  More than 400 events are scheduled each year, from organ and carillon concerts to Open Air Theatre productions.

Longwood Gardens is located on Route 1 near Kennett Square, PA and is open daily. [ info ]

Bronx: New York Botanical Garden


Bronx, New York

Bronx, NY: New York Botanical Garden

Aquatic Plants Gallery in the Conservatory, NYBG

Aquatic Plants Gallery in the Conservatory, NYBG

A National Historic Landmark, the New York Botanical Garden celebrates its 125th Anniversary in 2016.

In 1888, Columbia University Professor of Botany and Geology Dr. Nathaniel Lord Britton and his wife, Elizabeth Knight Britton, who had a keen interest in mosses, visited the London’s Royal Botanic Gardens. The Brittons were inspired to create “a public botanic garden of the highest class” on 250 acres of land in northernmost New York City.

NYBG is considered a classical botanical garden, in that plants are studied, exhibited and people of all ages are taught about plants and the environment. The institution operates one of the world’s largest plant research and conservation programs.

Today, the New York Botanical Garden supports more than one million living plants.  NYBG is considered The collections include dramatic rock outcroppings, wetlands, ponds, a cascading waterfall, and a 50-acre tract of the original forest that once covered New York City. Among the horticultural attractions are 48 gardens and plant collections, including the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, the Rock Garden, and the Jane Watson Irwin Perennial Garden, as well as outstanding collections of daylilies, orchids, hardy ferns, cherry and other flowering trees, and conifers. The Garden is also home to the nation’s largest Victorian glasshouse, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.


The NYBG is located at Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W) and Fordham Road. It is accessible by Metro-North Railroad or subway. The Garden is open year-round, Tuesday through Sunday, as well as certain federal holiday Mondays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Winter hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., mid-January through February). For more information, please call 718.817.8700 or visit nybg.org

The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York 10458

Photo: Aquatic Plants Gallery in the Conservatory. Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Lakewood: Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum

Lakewood, New Jersey

Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum

sunk garden mary grace arboretumThe Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum, established in 1989, is named after Sister Mary Grace Burns who was a professor of biology at Georgian Court University from 1927 to 1968.

Georgian Court University was once the winter home of George Jay Gould, millionaire son of railroad tycoon Jay Gould. After Gould’s death in 1923, The Sisters of Mercy of New Jersey bought the estate and moved their College of Mount Saint Mary to the site. The Gould family requested that the name of the estate stay the same, so the college became Georgian Court University.


The approximately 100 acres of the arboretum features a collection of native plants of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. There are mature chestnut, black and white oak trees, as well as pines. The largest white oak in Ocean County is located behind the Sister Mary Joseph Cunningham Library, and there are 16 trees that are the biggest of their species in Ocean County.

The architect Bruce Price was hired to transform the land into a lavish country estate resembling an English estate of the Georgian period; therefore, it was named Georgian Court. Price designed the Classic or Italian Gardens, the Sunken Garden or Lagoon, and the Formal Garden. The Japanese Garden was designed by noted garden designer Takeo Shiota.

Photo: The sunken garden. The tall conifers are cultivars of Moss Cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera). The pink trees are Crabapple (Malus sp.).


The arboretum is open from 8 AM until dusk daily, year-round with the exception of spring Commencement. [ info ]

Overland Park: Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

Overland Park_Arboretum-bridgeOverland Park, Kansas

Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

Overland Park, Kansas

The 300-acre Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens was recently named one of the Top 10 Glorious Gardens to Explore by Yahoo! Travel.

For homeowners looking for ideas, xeriscape (zer-i-scape) gardens that demonstrate water-wise plantings and design are located next to the visitor’s center. Other attractions include:

Erickson Water Garden with unusual aquatic and bog plants, as well as more than 40 varieties of daffodils and other spring bulbs.

The Legacy Garden and Ailie’s Glade features plants native to Kansas.

A Children’s Discovery Garden with lots to do, including a frog pond, grass maze, incredible shrinking tunnel, and fossil dig.

The Marder Woodland Garden is lovely, with Paw-paw, ferns, dogwood, hickory, jack in the pulpit, mayapples, and there are rhododendrons and azaleas as well.

Hiking Trails wind through the arboretum for all fitness levels. There’s a half-mile asphalt “country road” path with benches. Or, if you’re up to more — nearly five miles of paved and wood chip trails that cross two 75-foot bridges that span Wolf Creek, a tributary of the Blue River that bisects the Arboretum. There are also more challenging trails along limestone bluffs that take you to the prairie and through a cedar forest, redbud and hickory groves.

What’s Special

There’s a one-acre Monet Garden attempts to replicate the blending of colors, light, and shapes found in Monet’s own garden in France. There’s a replica of the famous bridge, weeping willow and lotus pond


Open seven days a week, except closed Christmas Day

Admission to the Arboretum is free on Tuesdays

8909 W. 179 St.
Overland Park, KS 66085
913-685-3604[ info ]

Dubuque: Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at Marshall Park

Dubuque, Iowa


Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at Marshall Park

Established in 1980, the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens in Marshall Park is an all-volunteer effort.

The Arboretum itself showcases more than 60 genus (such as maples, oaks, crabapples, magnolias, birch) and, of those genus, there are more than 200 species and cultivars chosen for their ability to thrive within the Upper Midwest climate and soil conditions. There are also more than 360 conifers, ranging in size from 12 inches to 40- to 50-foot specimens.

The 52-acre site features a rose garden with more than 450 hybrid teas, grandifloras, floribundas, shrubs and climbing roses. There are also Knot, Herb, Perennials Gardens, and an English Garden.  There are more than 13,000 hostas of 700 varieties.

What’s Special

20101221_273-300x450-WThe Japanese garden has been planned and created under the guidance of Hoichi Kurisu, a master designer of Japanese gardens, to provide a place of peace and quiet contemplation by recreating the world in miniature, with elements of the natural world arranged to encourage relaxation and meditation throughout all seasons.

To better appreciate this beautiful garden, here are a few guides:

  • Stone lanterns point the way in the garden.
  • Vertical stone towers contrast with the horizontal aspects of the garden.
  • A Tsukubai (water basin) signifies ritual cleansing.
  • Water adds sound, life, reflection and beauty.
  • Rock signifies solidity, height, background, shape.

Most of all — Listen with your eyes and see with your ears. It’s the yin-yang of the garden accenting the two opposites.


Physical grounds open dawn to dusk, 365 days a year

Gift Shop and Library:

April – September: 9am to 8pm daily
October: 9am to 5pm, daily
November – March: Closed

3800 Arboretum Drive | Dubuque, Iowa 52001-1040

Phone: 563.556.2100

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Clinton: Bickehaupt Arboretum


Clinton, Iowa

Bickehaupt Arboretum

Alarmed when local trees were being devastated by Dutch elm disease in early 1980s, Frances and Bob Bickelhaupt felt that an educational arboretum would be a valuable asset to the community. Today, the fourteen-acre site features a heartland collection of more than 600 garden conifers as well as specialty gardens, including a Butterfly Garden.

What’s Special

The Bickelhaupt Arboretum is designated by the University of Kansas Entomology Program as an official waystation for monarch butterflies. One of only four such sites in Iowa and the only public garden so named in the state, it is committed to monarch butterfly conservation to assure migration continues. Butterflies need plants that provide food for the caterpillars, as well provide nectar for mature butterflies. Desirable plants include butterfly bush, milk weed, hollyhock, phlox, coneflowers, zinnias and asters.


Open daily, dawn to dusk. Free admission.

340 South 14th St.
Clinton, Iowa 52732

Telephone: (563) 242-4771

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Rockford: Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden


Rockford, Illinois

Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden

The Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden is beautiful throughout the year. Features around the 155-acres include the Nancy Olson Children’s Garden and a Prehistoric Garden, as well as other specialty gardens including Hosta, Grass, Butterfly, Daylily, Peony, Rhododendron and Azalea and, Wildflowers.

In addition, a bur oak grove covers 12 acre, with the largest bur oak trees estimated at over 300 years old. Impressive native trees among the grove include an enormous basswood, giant black cherries, white oak, shagbark hickory, black walnut and hackberry. Plus, over fifty species and cultivars of coniferous evergreens on site represent nine groups from North America, Europe and Asia.

Woodland trails include 1.5 miles of paved paths in two loops and 2.5 miles of unpaved trails through the heart of the Arboretum. In the winter, the trails are great for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

What’s Special

During your visit, see if you can spot the Klehm Arboretum mascots (pictured): Cow-li-flower, Klehmentine and Flora Fauna.


Open Daily: 9am – 4pm

2715 S. Main St | Rockford, IL

(815) 965-8146

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Evanston: Ladd Arboretum and Ecology Center

Ladd Arboretum

Evanston, Illinois

Ladd Arboretum and Ecology Center

The Edward R. Ladd Arboretum is a three-quarter mile strip along 23 acres of reclaimed land between McCormick Blvd and the North Shore Channel. Self-guided tours take visitors through the Aspegren Meadow; Oak Grove; Maple Knoll; Pine Knoll; legume trees; birches; and nut trees.

The arboretum’s collection is arranged by plant family (birch, legume, maple, oak, and pine). Gardens include the Meadow Garden, Prairie Restoration Area, Cherry Tree Walk, Nut Tree, Rotary International Friendship Garden (with All-America Rose Selections), Women’s Terrace, gazebo, and bird sanctuary.

The Evanston Ecology Center, located inside Ladd Arboretum, hosts a number of programs, including its popular ecology summer camps.

What’s Special?

The Ecology Center is home to a variety of “critters” — A rabbit, a hedgehog, gerbils, corn snakes, tortoise box turtles, a map turtle, a snapping turtle, a sand skink, leopard frogs, hermit crabs, fish, and Madagascar hissing cockroaches. The Center is always looking for volunteers to join the Critter Crew – either to sponsor an animal or volunteer to come in and help care for the creatures. For more information, call the Ecology Center at 847 448-8256


Evanston Ecology Center:

2024 McCormick Blvd, Evanston 60201

Phone: (847) 448-8256

Email: ecologycenter@cityofevanston.org

Hours: Mon – Fri, 8:30am – 5:00pm year round

Sat,  9 a..m – 4:00 p.m. – from after Labor Day through Memorial Day

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Ball Ground: Gibbs Gardens

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Ball Ground, Georgia

Gibbs Gardens

Although classified as a botanical garden, Jim Gibbs tells visitors “it’s a pleasure garden, a feast for your senses.” Nestled in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains are more than 220 acres of gardens developed by the Gibbs family. Jim Gibbs is the retired president and founder of one of Atlanta’s leading landscape companies. 16 garden venues, with the nation’s largest Japanese Gardens and Water Lily Gardens, as well as springs surrounded by millions of naturalized ferns and native azaleas, dogwoods, and mountain laurels. There’s always something in bloom – daffodil display, rhododendrons, the Hydrangea Garden, crape myrtle trees, roses, a wildflower meadow and much more. The Japanese Garden is truly spectacular!Open March 1 – November 30, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving day. [ info ]