My mother has always wanted to go and visit the "stately" and famous gardens
in England. But with the pound being so strong, the US or Canada looks a
more affordable destination. Are there any famous open gardens in these
countries?! I can't recall having heard of any, but there must be some.
Just off hand, can think of Longwood Gardens near Philadelphia Pennsylvania
and Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaguia New York. There is the lilac festival
in Rochester New York in the spring. There's also the Brooklyn Botanical
Gardens and the Bornx Botanical Gardens near the Bronx Zoo.
There are many, many more I'm sure.
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In Victoria British Columbia, the Buchart Gardens - in Mobile, Alabama,
Bellingrath Gardens - in Portland, Oregon, Rose Test Gardens and Japanese
Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum, Ohme Gardens (alpine flowers)
Wenatchee, Washington, Manito Park, Spokane, Washington, MaClay Gardens,
Tallahassee, Florida, Harry Leu Gardens, Orlando Florida, the Missouri
Botanical Gardens, Norfolk Botanical Gardens, Norfolk, Virginia, Winterthur
Gardens, Delaware, Golden Gate Park gardens, San Francisco, Magnolia
Plantation and Cypress Gardens, Charleston, South Carolina - these are
just a few of many large and beautiful public gardens in the US. If you're
going to tour, start with the southern gardens from late February through
mid-April, then wend your way to the mid-Atlantic, and/or the west coast for
April-May and to the Northwest for June/July.
Some of the above are associated with mansions and estates, others with
One other thing to think about. The gardens in the southeast are strongest
in blooming subtropical shrubs (things like azaleas and camellias). In
season, they are breathtaking - out of season, these gardens are rather
dull. The mid-atlantic has a mix of perennials and shrubs, but because the
climate can be harsh, sometimes the display is spotty - although in good
years the mix of beautiful hardwood forests and gardens can be impressive.
For consistently performing displays of both perennials and annuals, the
northwestern gardens are the best, since the summers are not too hot and
there are rarely storms to damage or destroy the display. However, this
upcoming summer may be atypical because the northwest has had very little
snow or rain this winter, and that may mean water-rationing and other
problems for gardens this summer.
hmmm. that might be a big consideration, yes. We'd probably be planning a
spring trip, as I am already in the US for winter times. I wouldn't have
thought of the northwest as a primary garden destination, but the climate is
mild and moist.
If you have any interest in tropical plants, the Fairchild
Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables (very near Miami) is
worth a visit.
Not exactly stately, but beautiful.
Beaufort, NC (on the coast in zone 8a)
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It makes for a fun day- if you get tired of walking you can ride the
trolley. And if you ask they will drop you off anywhere along the routes or
pick you up halfway back if you run out of steam. There are many, many
different type areas to explore from "stately" more formal areas to true
jungle. The cafe is airconditioned for a cool down- as is the wonderful
library with the comfy chairs. And you can even buy plants you admire.
Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC http://www.biltmore.com /
Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GE http://www.callawayonline.com /
Kingwood in Mansfield, OH http://www.kingwoodcenter.org/gardens.html
White River Gardens, Indianapolis, IN http://www.indyzoo.com /
Park of Roses, Columbus, OH http://recparks.columbus.gov/Parks/Parks_4.asp
Winterthur, Winterthur, DE http://www.winterthur.org /
Primarily a huge conservatory with some gardens:
Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh, PA http://www.phipps.conservatory.org /
These links should be helpful.
Directories listing gardens:
Individual gardens - some lesser known and some famous and all hav
Wish I could come along!! Have a great trip!
Wow! thanks for all those.
thanks for all these responses btw people, I'm looking at them all and
emailing them home (I'm currently in the US, she's at home in Oz, we are
thinking of doing this next season) so she can have a look. These gardens
are excellent, I'd been asking guests I teach skiing to about open gardens,
and htey all seemed puzzled and had no idea. Glad to see the US (and Canada)
are bursting with world-class gardens. Great websites, too!
For emulating the classic English landscape garden, consider Ney York's
Central Park. http://www.centralpark.org /
While in the city, you can also visit Wave Hill Garden.
And also a park considered by many to be Olmsted's crowned jewel, Prospect
David J. Bockman, Fairfax, VA (USDA Hardiness Zone 7)
One of the most impressive garden I know is "The Huntington Library"
in the LA area. It takes all day to see it and lots of walking. The
cactus garden is very impressive. Although there is an actual library,
the gardens are "stately." PBS produced a show about this garden.
Longwood Gardens, Kennet Square PA is pretty amazing. You'll want to have a
little notepad in your pocket, and a lot of money to spend on plants when
you get home. Don't ask how I know this. :-)
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