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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

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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 ]

Austin: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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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

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Charleston: Magnolia Plantation and Its Gardens

Charleston, South Carolina

Magnolia Plantation and Its Gardens

gardens_longbridgeandlake1Magnolia Plantation is one of the great plantations on the Ashley River Road,  begun in the 1680’s by the Drayton family. The gardens were open to the public in the early 1870s and  are one of the oldest public gardens in America.

gardens_slopewalkToday the 50 acre-garden of Magnolia Plantation includes a spectacular maze with over 500 Camellia sasanquas, as well as azaleas, daffodils, and much more. The maze is based on one designed by Henry VIII at his country estate, Hampton Court, in 16th-century England.

Once a reservoir for the plantation’s rice fields, the adjacent Audubon Swamp Garden offers 60 acres of blackwater in a cypress and tupelo swamp,with bridges, boardwalks and dikes.

There’s a tram tour of the plantation’s wetlands, lakes, forests, and marshes, along with a boat tour through Magnolia’s flooded rice field along the Ashley River. Also, zoo and nature center and Plantation gift shop.

Open 365 days a year, including all major holidays.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
3550 Ashley River Road   |   Charleston, SC 29414
(800) 367-3517

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Kennett Square: Longwood Gardens

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

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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 ]

Hershey: Hershey Gardens

Hershey gardensHershey, Pennsylvania

Hershey Gardens

When asked to sponsor a national rosarium in Washington, D.C., chocolate magnate Milton Hershey instead decided to create “a nice garden of roses” for his local community.

Now Hershey Gardens comprises 23 acres, with themed gardens  including  Japanese Garden, Herb Garden, perennial garden, an Arboretum with horsechestnuts, Persian parrotia, bald cypress, beech, hemlocks and fragrant snowbell , an Oak Grove,

  • Rose Garden. More than 5,600 roses representing 275 varieties, some originally hand-planted by Mr. Hershey’s gardeners — Hybrid Tea, floribunda, shrub, and miniature roses, and new AARS rose variety winners.
  • Butterfly House Walk with 350 North American butterflies of nearly 25 varieties. Open from Friday, May 24 through Sunday, September 15, 2013. The entire lifecycle of the butterfly can be viewed, with nectar plants for food and host plants for egg-laying and caterpillar feeding. Note: Closed during inclement weather and during extreme heat. Due to space limitations, strollers not permitted.
  • Children’s Garden. Of course there are Hershey’s kisses misters, along with 32 themed gardens

Over 5,600 roses, representing 275 varieties,  Visiting:
Open daily for the 2013 season beginning on Thursday, March 28 and continuing through Sunday, November 3. The Gardens is open on select days in November and December. Wheelchair accessible.

170 Hotel Road, Hershey, PA 17033, phone 717-534-3492

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Grand Rapids: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

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Grand Rapids, Michigan

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Gardens equal art at the 132-acre Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

The Meijer Gardens highlights:

  • Five-story tropical conservatory where you’ll find a waterfall and tropical plants, including fig trees, banana trees, a variety of orchids and Asiatic bamboo.
  • English perennial garden originally planned by legendary garden designer Penelope Hobhouse, featuring a serpentine yew hedge and perennials such as scabiosa, daylilies and  eupatorium.
  • Kenneth E. Nelson Carnivorous Plant House, only plant exhibit in the U.S. dedicated to carnivorous plants. Includes Venus flytraps, pitcher plants, sundews and butterworts.
  • Gwen Frostic Woodland Shade Garden features trillium, hostas, goldenrod, bleeding hearts, baneberry, ferns, hydrangeas, rhododendrons, and azaleas and there’s also an English perennial and bulb garden.
  • Lena Meijer Children’s Garden gives children a truly interactive experience and plenty to do. Climb into the Treehouse Village via stairs or ramps, learn about plants in the kid-sense garden, explore a log cabin and the butterfly maze, or dig in the sand quarry to learn about fossils. There’s also a natural wetlands.

The 30-acre Sculpture Park hosts exhibitions as well as an astounding permanent collection of more than 180 works from artists such as Auguste Rodin, Edgar Degas, Roy Lichtenstein, George Segal, Mark di Suvero and many others. One of the featured attractions is Nina Akamu’s colossal sculpture The American Horse.

1000 East Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

North of I-96 on East Beltline, between Bradford St. and Leonard St.

Photo: Courtesy Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

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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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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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Chicago: Garfield Park Conservatory

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Chicago, Illinois

Garfield Park Conservatory

Sometimes called “landscape art under glass” (or a visit a tropical island in the middle of Chicago), the Garfield Park Conservatory is also one of the five largest conservatories in the country and a Chicago gem that isn’t to be missed.

The Conservatory is almost five acres and the campus itself covers about 14 acres, with two acres of indoor display houses and 9 ½ acres of outdoor public gardens. Owned and operated by the Chicago Park District, thousands of plants are also grown there each year for displays in Chicago’s parks and public spaces.

What’s special?  Fern Room, Garfield Park ConservatoryThe Garfield Park Conservatory’s display houses include The Palm Room, with more than seven dozen varieties of palm trees, including the Double Coconut Palm; the Fern Room, gives a glimpse of what Chicago may have looked like millions of years ago.

Children's Garden, Garfield ConservatoryAnd, there’s plenty to keep children entertained as well in the Elizabeth Morse Genius Children’s Garden.

A hail storm in 2011 resulted in a great deal of broken glass, which local artists have used to create works of art that are for sale in the Gift Shop.

Opened in April of 1908, the 100+-year-old Conservatory is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Admission is free

Open year round

Daily Hours: 9 am – 5 pm

Wednesdays: 9 am – 8 pm

300 North Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624-1996

(312) 746-5100

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Chicago: Chicago Botanic Garden

English Walled Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Botanical Garden

The Chicago Botanic Garden is the second most-visited botanic garden of its size in the U.S., attracting more than one million visitors during 2013. While its 385 acres may seem like a lot to cover, from April to October there are tram tours for an enjoyable overview of the Garden’s highlights.

There are more than two dozen specialty garden areas, including a Children’s Growing Garden, Japanese Garden, Native Plant Garden, Rose Garden, and Waterfall Garden. Home landscape gardens are a source of inspiration for homeowners, demonstrating a variety of plantings that are most suitable. – including easy-to-grow for those of us with less than green thumbs.

What’s Special

English Walled Garden.  Designed by John Brooks, there are six garden rooms representing a variety of English garden design styles with plants best suited for the Midwest: a Cottage Garden, Vista Garden, Daisy Garden, Pergola Garden, Courtyard Garden and Checkerboard Garden. Plantings feature boxwood, catmint, clematis, foxglove, English lavender, roses, and yew.

Chicago Botanic Garden Model RailroadModel Railroad Garden. During the summer, the 7,500-square-foot Model Railroad Garden features fifteen trains—including the new Rock Island line, the Santa Fe Super Chief and a Napa Valley train—that travel through miniature scenes of America’s most treasured sites including a St. Louis Riverboat, a Midwestern farm, an old-fashioned main street and the Statue of Liberty.

Shoreline. Nearly one-quarter (81 acres) of the Garden is water. A 60-acre system of lakes winds throughout the gardens and research facilities, including the Great Basin, North Lake, and Skokie River Corridor, with about six miles of shoreline encircles the Garden’s lakes. It’s an excellent resource for erosion control and native plants recommended for shoreline habitats.

Birding. Approximately 255 species of birds have been sighted throughout the Garden. Good to know: April and May are when migratory songbirds are to be found.

Photo: Chicago Botanic Garden [ info ]


The Orchid Show February 15 – March 16, 2014


Admission is free, parking rates apply.

1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022

(847) 835-5440

Chicago Botanic Garden photos

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Sarasota: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Named one of America’s Top Ten Botanical Gardens by Country Living Gardener magazine in 2003, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a renowned research center and the legacy of the late Marie Selby.

Selby Gardens is perhaps best known for its living collection of more than 6,000 orchids. The approximately 13-acre bayfront property is an open-air and under-glass museum of more than 20,000 vibrant plants, many collected in the wild on over 150 scientific expeditions to tropical rain forests by Selby Gardens research staff. The eight greenhouses are the heart of botanical research and plant identification, and Selby Gardens is internationally recognized for its Bromeliad, Gesneriad, and Orchid Research Centers.

Highlights include the Tropical Display House with its rain forest atmosphere, the Bamboo Pavilion, Banyan Grove, Cactus and Succulent Garden, Cycad Collection, Mangrove Forest, Fern Garden, Hibiscus Garden, Bayfront Restoration Project and Baywalk Sanctuary. Also on the grounds is the former Christy Payne Mansion, a unique example of eclectic Southern Colonial architecture. The Mansion, on the National Register of Historic Places, is the home to ever-changing botanical art and photography exhibits.

What’s special: Epiphytes

Selby_brom Billbergia brachysiphon var. breviflora2 MSBG1993-0272A_0The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is known for its knowledge of and astounding collection of epiphytes — plants that live on other plants. Epiphytes are sometimes called “air plants” because they have no roots in the soil themselves.  They obtain water and minerals from rain and debris on the plants supporting them, which they also use as a means to reach more sunlight. Epiphytes are classified as non-parasitic.

Common epiphytes of Florida  are Bromeliads (Bromeliaceae), Orchids (Orchidaceae), and Ferns (Pteridophyta).  According to the gardens: “Florida has the richest epiphyte flora in the United States. Of the approximately 85 native epiphytic ferns and flowering plants, nearly two-thirds are found in Florida only in swamps of the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve and Big Cypress National Preserve, and tropical hammocks of Everglades National Park.”

Download a Guide to Common Epiphytes of Florida

Open daily except Christmas Day. Handicap accessible.

811 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: 941-366-5731[ info ]

Coral Gables: Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden


Coral Gables, Florida

Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden

The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has what’s been called the world’s greatest living collection of palms and cycads found in its 83-acres.

The Garden itself was named after the famous plant explorer David Fairchild (1869-1954) who retired to Miami in 1935. There, he teamed with Col. Robert H. Montgomery, a retired accountant, along with other horticulturists and plant enthusiasts and landscape architect William Lyman Phillips. Phillips, who was a member of the Frederick Law Olmsted partnership and a leading landscape designer in South Florida during the 1930s, provided the original design.

Today, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden showcases its extensive collections of rare tropical plants with Phillips’ classic landscape design.

Selby_Cattleya_luddenmanniana_smThe Fairchild rainforest is a two-acre, outdoor exhibit of tropical rainforest plants from around the world, especially plants of the American tropics. The adjacent conservatory contains rainforest plants that will not survive outdoors in subtropical south Florida.

What’s Special

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s DiMare Science Village covers more than 25,000 square feet and featuring five buildings including the Clinton Family Conservatory’s Wings of the Tropics Butterfly exhibit – with 3,000 butterflies.

Fairchild’s homeschool guided programs are especially designed for children between the ages of 5-12 and include hands-on lessons.

Fairchild also enjoys a global reputation as a conservation and education-based garden, with field programs in over 20 countries, including support to protected areas in Madagascar and Africa and botanic garden development and renovation projects in South and Central America, the Caribbean and the Middle East.


Located in metro Miami, just south of Coral Gables.

10901 Old Cutler Road

Coral Gables, FL 33156



Alaska Botanical Garden


Anchorage, Alaska

Alaska Botanical Garden

Arctic horticulture and native plants are showcased in a 110 acre spruce and birch woodland. With over 900 species of hardy perennials, and 150 native plant species, the Alaska Botanical Garden is the place to experience the abundance of the summer arctic growing season and to learn about flora native to south central Alaska. [ info ]

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Mobile Botanical Gardens


Mobile, Alabama

Mobile Botanical Gardens

More than 100 acres of natural woodlands, cultivated gardens, display areas and Botanical Center where lectures, meetings and receptions are held. Fragrance and texture garden specially designed for physically challenged.The Longleaf Pine Ecosystem contains a vast array of 165 species ranging from giant longleaf pines and southern magnolias to tiny bluets and other native wildflowers. Photo: Longleaf pine forest [ info ]

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Bellingrath Gardens and Home


Mobile, Alabama

Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Bellingrath Gardens encompasses more than 65 acres, along with a 15-room museum home and the Bayou Boardwalk. The signature rose garden is a test site for All-America Rose Selections and features more than 2,000 roses in over 75 varieties. Voted “Top Public Rose Garden in the United States” in 2004 by All-America Rose Selections.
One of the most photographed areas is the Rockery, a series of flag stone steps with small terraces, waterfalls and pools descending between an elaborately built rock garden.

The property was originally the fishing camp of Walter Bellingrath, Mobile’s first Coca-Cola bottler. The gardens got their start as his wife, Bessie Morse Bellingrath, began bringing cuttings from their Mobile garden to the property to develop gardens. According to the garden’s history: “In the spring of 1932, the Bellingraths opened their property along the Fowl River up to a Depression-weary public for a day of azalea gazing. The response was phenomenal, as the roads between Mobile and the Gardens became one long traffic jam. The astounded couple decided to open the Gardens permanently, while charging a fee to assist in their care and upkeep.”
Open 364 days a year, closing only on Christmas Day. Hours from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
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Huntsville Botanical Garden

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Huntsville, Alabama

Huntsville Botanical Garden

There are 112 acres of beautiful gardens and walking paths, including a butterfly garden, herb garden, fern glade, a Washio Ishii Bonsai Display and much more.

A G-scale garden railway operates from mid-March through December.

The American Hemerocallis Society display garden features approximately 800 cultivars of daylilies with an annual Daylily Festival held on Father’s Day.

There’s also a two-acre Children’s Garden with a maze, a real Space Station node (donated by Marshall Space Flight Center), Storybook Garden with toadstool seating, a pergola; a hidden garden gate, a wishing well, and a yellow brick road.

Gift shop, tea room, picnic areas and pavilion. Seasonal Butterfly House, Spring Festival of Flowers, Scarecrow Trail and Galaxy of Lights from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve.

The Gardens are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.[ info ]

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