The Most Beautiful Botanical Gardens in the US

Portland Japanese Garden
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There’s something about botanical gardens that makes them feel almost like stepping into a fairy tale. The purpose of most botanical gardens is actually education and scientific research, but you don’t have to be a student or a scientist to enjoy all of the magic that they have to offer. While different types of botanical gardens exist all around the world, the United States, in particular, is home to some truly spectacular gardens that stand out for their exceptional blooms and unique beauty. Read on to learn more about some of our favorites. 

Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania

Longwood Gardens is a horticultural masterpiece spanning over 1,000 acres in the Brandywine Creek Valley of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. The gardens are famous for their intricate displays of colorful blooms and seasonal exhibitions held throughout the year. Visitors can spend hours strolling through the many conservatories and greenhouses, including an Indoor Children’s Garden, where kids are free to play and explore.

Portland Japanese Garden, Oregon

The Portland Japanese Garden is widely considered to be one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan. The property has an oasis-like feel that covers over 5 acres filled with bonsai trees, waterfalls, and a traditional Japanese tea house. Art lovers should also be sure to stop by the Pavillion Gallery to experience the works of international artists first-hand.

Desert Botanical Garden, Arizona

The desert may not be a hospitable place for the majority of plant life, but at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona, an extraordinary display of desert plants gets its time in the sun. The garden is home to a variety of cacti, succulents, and desert shrubs that have evolved to withstand the local arid landscape and high temperatures. There’s even a butterfly pavilion with over 2,000 native butterflies.