4 Must-See Gardens to Visit This Year in America


Stop and smell the roses at one of these to-die-for destinations.

Sprinkled on sundresses, scattered across fields or displayed on windowsills, flowers are everywhere this spring. Just as the sun rises after a dark night, so does spring surface after a long, cold winter to remind us of new beginnings.

Even the Bible talks about the fleeting beauty of wildflowers, a compelling reminder that we should pause to appreciate them before they disappear. Stop and smell the roses (and tulips, daffodils and azaleas) at one of these amazing botanical gardens across the country:

Chicago Botanic Garden – Chicago, Illinois

Chi-town is finally thawing out, revealing colorful spring bulbs where snow and ice used to accumulate. At the Chicago Botanic Garden, guests can see magnolia trees, cherry blossoms, pear trees, tulips, crabapples, lilacs and more across the 27 gardens.

Check out a fun flower show like the Midwest Daffodil Society Show on April 27th-28th, featuring hundreds of daffodils. The Midwest Bonsai Society Spring Show and Sale, May 11th-12th, is filled with blooming trees and stone displays. Finally, the Northshore Iris and Daylily Society Iris Show on May 25th-26th offers an artful display of irises.

Desert Botanical Garden – Phoenix, Arizona

It may be hotter than average in Arizona, but it’s still spring! Visit the Desert Botanical Garden to see all that nature has to offer in this climate. From the thousands of species of cacti, trees and flowers to the glowing Eclectic Desert light-and-music exhibit (available until May 12th), this botanical garden is a one-of-a-kind experience that will make you view the desert in a new light. Make sure you stop by the Spring Butterfly Exhibit during your trip, where hundreds of butterflies transform before your eyes with wings as colorful as the flowers.

Longwood Gardens – Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Get lost in a sea of tulips this month at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. Spring blooms will be on full display through May 5th, where tulips in various shades of pink, yellow and purple are spread out over the lawn.

Head over to the Wisteria Garden to see the trees bursting with lilac and white wisteria flowers. Then check out the breathtaking pink cherry blossom trees, and take a stroll through the Flower Garden Walk to find seasonal flowers available until mid-May. While here, be sure to check out the Idea Garden, filled with colorful floral arrangements to inspire guests to create their own gardens at home.

New York Botanical Garden – Bronx, New York

With 50 specialty gardens spread out over 250 acres, the New York Botanical Garden is the largest garden in the U.S. Stop by the Azalea Garden, which looks like something out of a storybook with its white, coral, pink and purple azalea blossoms covering the hilly terrain.

And from now until April 28th, you can see the 17th annual Orchid Show: Singapore, where thousands of purple, orange and yellow orchids surround guests. Growing from overhead arches and up “supertrees,” the vertical gardens popular in Singapore are filled with plants and colorful lights.

Flowers may be everywhere you look right now, but nothing compares to seeing them carefully grown and groomed in these gardens. So soak up the lovely scents and sights of spring⎯they won’t last long!

Sydni Ellis grew up in the great state of Texas, where she learned to love chips and salsa and swimming pools. She has her master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, and some of her passions include writing, traveling and re-reading the Harry Potter series every chance she gets. In the spirit of spontaneity, Sydni lives her life with a pen in one hand and her video camera in the other; ready to capture the next great story.