In Full Bloom: Gorgeous Botanical Gardens in All 50 States

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GARDENS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

A garden in bloom is a picnic for the senses, and an escape from the hustle of daily life. Every state has at least one garden that is free or less than $10 for adults (usually with cheaper admission for children, seniors, and the military). Many are botanical gardens dedicated to education, research, and conservation. A visit can be a learning experience, providing ideas for creating a plot at home. Many public gardens offer classes and workshops that teach gardening techniques and stewardship of a patch of earth -- as well as related activities such as meditation and photography. Some public gardens offer concerts, art festivals, and other events. No matter what the occasion, these gardens offer enjoyment and respite across the country.

ALABAMA: BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS


With more than 67 acres and 30 separate gardens, there is always something blooming. Themes include Japanese, all-American, crape myrtle, rose, fern, and rhododendron, as well as gardens for the disabled and the bereaved. Classes run the gamut from photography to native plant studies. Weeklong summer camps teach kids about insects, bugs, or dinosaurs and growing, cooking, or drawing and painting plants.

Open: Daily.

Admission: Free.

ALASKA: ALASKA BOTANICAL GARDEN, ANCHORAGE


Alaska's botanical garden is on the pricey side from May to September, but since daylight lasts almost 24 hours in summer, patrons can really get their money's worth. Perennial, wildflower, and herb gardens as well as trails adorn the garden's 110 acres. There are plenty of lectures, workshops, and classes for adults and children.


Open: Dawn to dusk year-round.

Admission: $12 for adults in summer.

ARIZONA: TUCSON BOTANICAL GARDENS


Claiming 5 acres in central Tucson, this garden covers 17 different themes, including cacti and succulents, butterflies, birds, and children's discovery -- and a miniature train runs through it. Kids can attend a weeklong summer camp, and classes, lectures, and workshops include painting, yoga, and flower arranging.

Open: Daily.

Admission: $9 to $13 for adults, depending on season.

ARKANSAS: BOTANICAL GARDEN OF THE OZARKS, FAYETTEVILLE


With 12 themed gardens and a butterfly house, this garden pays tribute to the unique ecosystems of the Ozarks. An arboretum was added in 2012. Classes for adults and kids highlight birds, butterflies, and plant life, and there are plenty of events such as concerts to entertain visitors.

Open: Daily.

Admission: $7 for adults.

CALIFORNIA: SAN FRANCISCO BOTANICAL GARDEN


It's hard to choose among California's many beautiful gardens, but this one located right in Golden Gate Park has unmatched diversity. The microclimate of the 55-acre park allows plants from all over the world to thrive. A California garden features native succulents and redwoods, but other gardens showcase the flora of South America, Asia, Australia, the Mediterranean, and South Africa. Monthly plant sales let visitors bring the gardens home, and a horticultural library includes books for kids.

Open: Daily.

Admission: Free for city residents; otherwise $8 for adults.

COLORADO: BETTY FORD ALPINE GARDENS, VAIL


Showcasing the unique topography of the Rocky Mountains, these gardens promote conservation of alpine plants. The five garden areas incorporate water features and each has a different theme. Kids activities such as a treasure hunt are held throughout the summer. Adults can participate in yoga classes or volunteer to work in the gardens, among other offerings.

Open: Daily.

Admission: Free.

CONNECTICUT: ELIZABETH PARK CONSERVANCY, WEST HARTFORD


For people who can't get enough of roses, Elizabeth Park is the spot, with more than 450 rose beds. Dating back to 1894, this is the oldest public rose garden in the country. There are also shade, annual, and herb gardens; perennial borders; and greenhouses, as well as a wooded park area and tennis courts. Although no classes are offered, volunteer opportunities are available.

Open: Daily.

Admission: Free.

DELAWARE: MT. CUBA CENTER, HOCKESSIN


With more than 50 acres of gardens and 500 acres for hiking and strolling, Mt. Cuba features dogwoods, meadows, a trillium garden, a formal garden with perennials, ponds with aquatic flora, and a picnic area. A trial garden evaluates plants for ornamental value, as well as resistance to pests and disease. Classes, internships, and certificate programs are offered.

Open: Wednesday to Sunday, April to November.

Admission: $10 for adults.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: THE U.S. BOTANIC GARDEN


George Washington's vision of the capital included this botanical garden, in operation since 1820. The conservatory focuses on plants of the jungle, desert, and primeval times. The National Garden features plants native to the mid-Atlantic, a butterfly garden, and a First Ladies Water Garden. A plant library contains 65,000 species, including medicinal and carnivorous plants, orchids, cacti, bromeliads, ferns, and exotic plants confiscated at the nation's borders.

Open: Daily.

Admission: Free.

FLORIDA: FLORIDA BOTANICAL GARDEN, LARGO


Along with formal gardens, a demonstration garden, and displays of tropical plants, Florida Botanical Garden contains an aquatic habitat and natural area that showcases the diversity of plant and animal life unique to this landscape. Native fruits, butterflies, succulents, and palms are among the highlights. The garden features a children's trail and annual events such as a holiday lights show and a Valentine's Day group wedding.

Open: Daily.

Admission: Free.

GEORGIA: STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF GEORGIA, ATHENS


The gardens here include shade and native flora, herbal and medicinal plants, an international garden, and a heritage garden that celebrates the region's horticultural history. Flower gardens are designed to attract native pollinators, and there are greenhouses and nature trails. This garden is active in plant conservation and research, with many classes for adults and children.

Open: Daily.

Admission: Free.

HAWAII: HAWAII TROPICAL BOTANICAL GARDEN, PAPAIKOU


In this preserve, visitors can follow a long boardwalk through a lush tropical forest. Other trails lead through a world-class collection of 200 species of palms and gardens of giant ferns, passing waterfalls, heliconias, banyan trees, orchids, bromeliads, a giant koi pond, and abundant wildlife. The entry fee is relatively steep, but reviews on TripAdvisor almost unanimously declare the cost well worth it. The garden supports a tropical plant database, and a florist ships lush bouquets anywhere in the U.S.

Open: Daily.

Admission: $15 for adults.

IDAHO: IDAHO BOTANICAL GARDEN, BOISE


The Idaho Botanical Garden's many horticultural holdings include a typical English garden, a rose garden, and greenhouses. Demonstration gardens highlight plants that thrive in the Rockies and High Plains. Other garden areas showcase xeric, native, and fire-wise plants, succulents, and vegetables. The garden hosts events such as concerts, a harvest festival, plant sales, and story time for kids.

Open: Daily, March 16 to Nov. 5; weekdays Nov. 6 to March 15.

Admission: $7 for adults.

ILLINOIS: CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN


Chicago is home to one of the country's largest botanic gardens, with 385 acres and more than 2.6 million plants. Learning opportunities for home gardeners abound, and a program for kids teaches basic planting and harvesting. The 26 gardens range from an English walled garden to a Japanese garden and include aquatic, prairie, rose, sensory, residential, and model railroad gardens, as well as a large bonsai collection.

Open: Daily.

Admission: Free (parking $25 during the week; $30 on weekends).

INDIANA: TALTREE ARBORETUM AND GARDENS, VALPARAISO


This nature preserve is chiefly an arboretum, so its signature plants are woody -- that is, trees and shrubs including native oaks, viburnums, and dogwoods. There are seven gardens for plants, with native flora, roses, and a miniature railroad on display. Landscapes include prairie, wetlands, and woods. The venue offers classes for adults and children, concerts, exhibits, and hiking.

Open: Daily.

Admission: $10 for adults.

IOWA: GREATER DES MOINES BOTANICAL GARDEN


Tropical plants fill the conservatory while temperate gardens adorn the outdoor spaces at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. An allée of maples comes alive in the spring with a display of 3,400 irises. The rose collection intermingles with herbs, and a waterfall garden contains swaths of lilacs and shrubbery as well as thousands of spring bulbs. Classes teach gardening basics and more advanced techniques. For kids, an interactive story time explores themes of nature and plants.

Open: Daily.

Admission: $8 for adults.

KANSAS: OVERLAND PARK ARBORETUM AND BOTANICAL GARDENS


A majority of this 300-acre park in the Kansas City area is devoted to the preservation and restoration of native ecosystems, including prairie. Visitors can enjoy leisurely hiking trails, a Monet garden with pastel blooms, a xeriscape garden that requires no watering, and a model train garden, as well as quiet glades beside waterfalls, brooks, and ponds. Special events are offered most weekends during warmer months.

Open: Daily.

Admission: Free on Tuesdays; otherwise $3 for adults.

KENTUCKY: YEW DELL BOTANICAL GARDENS, CRESTWOOD


Once the home and grounds of a noted plantsman, this nature preserve hosts an English walled garden, serpentine garden, sunken rock garden, seasonal annual gardens, more than a mile of hiking trails, and impressive collections of hellebores, camellias, and ferns, among others. Events include bourbon tastings (this is Kentucky, after all), meetings with plant breeders, and a hummingbird festival.

Open: Tuesday to Sunday in summer; Tuesday to Friday in winter.

Admission: $7 for adults; free in winter.

LOUISIANA: GARDENS OF THE AMERICAN ROSE SOCIETY, SHREVEPORT


For rose lovers, this is mecca, home to the national headquarters of the American Rose Society. More than 20,000 rosebushes feature at least 65 varieties on more than 118 acres. Rosarians are on hand to offer expert growing and cultivating advice, and events abound, including plant sales and classes on pruning, sustainability, and soil testing.

Open: Daily, April to October.

Admission: $5 for adults.

MAINE: MCLAUGHLIN GARDEN AND HOMESTEAD, SOUTH PARIS


This old farm plot, planted for almost 60 years by a self-taught gardener, houses the largest collection of lilacs in New England. The formal garden contains phlox, hostas, succulents, lilies, native Maine wildflowers, and ferns. Walk under a serene canopy of trees alongside many varieties of woody shrubs. Events, field trips, and classes are offered throughout the growing year.

Open: Daily, May to October.

Admission: Free.

MARYLAND: BROOKSIDE GARDENS, WHEATON


A 50-acre display garden, Brookside contains two conservatories housing tropical plants. Seasonal events such as a butterfly exhibit and winter holiday show dot the calendar. Displays include aquatic, Japanese, azalea, butterfly, children's, and fragrance gardens. The park offers a vibrant plant introduction program, and many cultivars of popular plants and shrubs have shown merit for home gardens.

Open: Daily.

Admission: Free (except some special exhibits).

MASSACHUSETTS: THE GARDENS AT ELM BANK, WELLESLEY


Situated on 36 acres, the Gardens at Elm Bank are managed by Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Visitors will find a trial garden of new and unreleased annuals, a four-season display garden, and themed gardens for children, herbs, daylilies, rhododendrons, and seed-to-table vegetables. A library holds one of the country's oldest and largest collections of horticultural books. Along with classes, workshops, and lectures, there's a botanical art course and master gardener training program.

Open: Tuesday to Sunday, May 1 to Oct. 1.

Admission: $8 for adults.

MICHIGAN: HIDDEN LAKE GARDENS, TIPTON


This 775-acre plot owned by the University of Michigan includes an arboretum, a conservatory, and gardens featuring hostas, dwarf and rare conifers, bonsais, and perennials. A conservatory houses tropical plants, arid plants, and houseplants, and 10 miles of hiking trails give nature lovers ample room to roam. Many themed hikes and walks, as well as classes, seminars, and other events, are offered during the year.

Open: Daily.

Admission: $3 (free the first Monday of every month).

MINNESOTA: MUNSINGER CLEMENS BOTANICAL SOCIETY, ST. CLOUD


Munsinger Gardens, on the site of a former sawmill, grew out of a Depression-era Works Progress Administration project that produced trees, flower beds, a lily pond, rock-lined paths, and a greenhouse. Clemens Gardens comprises a rose garden with more than 100 varieties, a rest area with fountains and vines, a white garden, a formal garden, a perennial garden, and a treillage garden with a giant arbor surrounded by four large one-color beds. Free public concerts, an art fair, and other events are on the calendar.

Open: Monday to Friday.

Admission: Free.

MISSISSIPPI: CROSBY ARBORETUM, PICAYUNE


The Crosby Arboretum, with 700 acres and more than 300 species of plants, teaches visitors about the habitats of the southeastern coastal region. The savannah contains trees, shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers adapted to reduce the possibility of devastating wildfires. Wetlands showcase aquatic plants and wildlife, and woodlands contain more than 12,000 newly planted trees. There are several trails for exploring and many events for adults and children.

Open: Wednesday to Sunday.

Admission: $5 for adults.

MISSOURI: MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN, ST. LOUIS


Many home gardeners are familiar with the Missouri Botanical Garden's excellent and descriptive plant database. The oldest botanical garden in the U.S. is known for its research, trial gardens, and work in conservation and sustainability. It attracts visitors with 79 acres of formal gardens, international gardens, demonstration gardens that teach home gardening skills, and conservatories, including a half-acre geodesic dome that houses a tropical rainforest. Programs include a master gardener program and help with community garden plans.

Open: Daily.

Admission: $8 for adults ($4 for St. Louis residents).

MONTANA: TIZER BOTANIC GARDENS AND ARBORETUM, JEFFERSON CITY


Plants that flourish during Montana's short growing year include vegetables, roses, herbs, and wildflowers. The gardens feature plants for hummingbirds and butterflies and a meditation space with a large stone Buddha. The nursery sells plants and trees, and events include a fairy and wizard festival, high tea in the garden, and Mother's Day and Father's Day celebrations.

Open: Daily, May to September.

Admission: $7 for adults.

NEBRASKA: LAURITZEN GARDENS, OMAHA


This living museum offers four seasons of displays on more than 100 acres. The grounds include an arboretum and bird sanctuary, woodland areas for hiking, water features, English perennial borders, and Victorian, conservation, herb, tree peony, model railroad, and children's gardens. A conservatory hosts tropical plants and a revolving series of exhibits. Events include walking clubs, a Lego Brick Artists Expo, plant sales, lectures, and concerts.

Open: Daily.

Admission: $10 for adults.

NEVADA: WILBUR D. MAY ARBORETUM AND BOTANICAL GARDEN, RENO


Located in a transitional zone between the Sierra Nevada mountains and the desert, where temperatures can fluctuate up to 40 degrees in a day, this 13-acre site is a testament to the hardiness of 4,000 species of plants, which survive in an arid climate with less than 8 inches of annual rainfall. Among the gardens are a secluded, shady grove bedecked with wisteria and honeysuckle, a songbird garden, a rose garden, a rock garden, and a wetland area.

Open: Daily.

Admission: Free.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: FULLER GARDENS, NORTH HAMPTON


Once the summer estate of a New Hampshire governor, these gardens (designed by the esteemed Olmsted firm) have been maintained continuously since the late 1920s. A formal rose garden with 1,500 rose bushes, Japanese garden with a koi pond, English perennial garden, and shady hosta garden are interspersed with statuary and water features.

Open: Daily, mid-May to mid-October.

Admission: $9 for adults (half price in May).

NEW JERSEY: DEEP CUT GARDENS, MIDDLETOWN


This county-run nature preserve is dedicated to the home gardener, offering classes for beginners as well as experienced gardeners. There's a home-composting demonstration site, a vegetable demonstration garden, and a horticultural center. Those who want to just walk through and delight in the scenery will find shade, rose, and Japanese gardens, a bonsai display, meadows, ponds, and more.

Open: Daily.

Admission: Free.

NEW MEXICO: SANTA FE BOTANICAL GARDEN


Although it's still under construction, there's plenty to see and learn at this new 14-acre garden. Each location reflects a piece of New Mexico's geology and natural history. Arroyo trails demonstrate restoration of this landscape feature and Ojo y Manos combines art and landscape architecture. Classes and workshops on water-wise gardening and art, classes for kids, and nature walks are offered.

Open: Daily, April to December; Wednesday to Sunday, January to March.

Admission: $7 for adults April to December; $3 off-season.

NEW YORK: WAVE HILL, BRONX


Flower, aquatic, alpine, herb, and shade gardens; wooded walks of conifers; and flowering ornamental trees sit on 28 acres just outside the concrete jungle of Manhattan. The Palm House conservatory holds bulbs and plants from around the world. The mission of this garden is to combine plants with the arts through frequent exhibits, concerts, and family art projects. Events include lectures, cooking programs, bird watching, and nature hikes.

Open: Tuesday to Sunday.

Admission: $8 for adults; free on Tuesday and Saturday mornings.

NORTH CAROLINA: BOTANICAL GARDENS AT ASHEVILLE


The grounds are home to a botanically diverse collection of plants native to the Southern Appalachians. Sunny and dry locations, as well as shady and wet areas, showcase a wide variety of flora. A walking trail covers streams, meadows, woodlands, and wildflower groves. Classes for adults include guided walks, tips for home gardeners, and botany.

Open: Daily.

Admission: Free.

NORTH DAKOTA: NORTHERN PLAINS BOTANIC GARDEN SOCIETY, FARGO


Still under construction, this botanic garden and arboretum showcases the biodiversity of the northern Great Plains. It also houses many specimens of exotic plants. Featured displays include butterfly and hummingbird gardens; a chrysanthemum test garden; and an alphabet garden with plants placed in alphabetical order. Classes cover garden design, building fairy garden furniture, and herbs.

Open: Daily.

Admission: Free.

OHIO: TOLEDO BOTANICAL GARDEN


In this 60-acre botanical garden, visitors can stroll through gardens dedicated to perennials, annuals, dahlias, roses, woods, and herbs. The facility operates an urban farm and agriculture center that supports more than 125 community gardens. Educational opportunities go in depth on gardening and environmental stewardship. The garden also serves as an arts center for the city, with studio space and a jazz concert series. It hosts the two-day Crosby Festival of the Arts the last weekend in June.

Open: Daily.

Admission: Free.

OKLAHOMA: MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS, OKLAHOMA CITY


This 15-acre horticultural museum and park is well-named: There are many gardens to explore, including a prairie garden and gardens for drought-tolerant plants. Several pools invite kids to splash around and dogs can run unleashed in a designated area. Classes for adults range from yoga and dancing to horticulture and photography. Kids can attend classes, storybook times, or nature walks. The conservatory ($8 for adults) is a tropical paradise complete with waterfalls.

Open: Daily.

Admission: Free.

OREGON: PORTLAND JAPANESE GARDEN


Portland built this garden to honor its sister city of Sapporo, Japan. The harmonious 5.5-acre site features a tea garden; a flat garden that creates balance among the ground, stones, and clipped shrubbery; a strolling pond garden with a stream, waterfall, and moon bridge accented with irises and shrubs; a garden of indigenous deciduous plants; and a sand and stone garden. Cultural events including a tea ceremony, lectures, and demonstrations are offered throughout the year.

Open: Daily.

Admission: $9.50 for adults.

PENNSYLVANIA: BARTRAM'S GARDEN, PHILADELPHIA


A historic landmark, this site was purchased by John Bartram in 1728 and became America's oldest botanic garden. Today, 45 acres of parkland, wetlands, and meadow sit in the heart of the city. The historic garden features plants native to North America, including the continent's oldest gingko tree. Field trips, gardening help, artist workshops, yoga, and programs for kids entice visitors.

Open: Daily.

Admission: Free.

RHODE ISLAND: ROGER WILLIAMS PARK BOTANICAL CENTER, PROVIDENCE


Visitors to this city-run park will find perennial gardens, a wooded garden, and a rose maze, but the preserve's best feature is a 12,000-square-foot indoor display. A conservatory contains tropical blooms and trees; a Mediterranean greenhouse represents a more arid climate; and a third, smaller greenhouse is filled with cacti and other succulents.

Open: Tuesday to Sunday.

Admission: $5 for adults.

SOUTH CAROLINA: SOUTH CAROLINA BOTANICAL GARDEN, CLEMSON


On the campus of Clemson University, a geology museum, an art gallery, historic homes, and nature trails sit on a 295-acre site with Senn Horticultural Gardens. Visitors will find a butterfly garden, wildflower meadow, and specialty gardens for camellias, hostas, magnolias, native plants, and more. Lectures are offered throughout the year, along with programs for kids. Nature walks and concerts round out the roster of events.

Open: Daily.

Admission: Free.

SOUTH DAKOTA: MCCRORY GARDENS, BROOKINGS


This 25-acre formal garden on the campus of South Dakota State University serves as a testing ground for new species. Plants with their own areas include irises, lilies, mums, peonies, shrub roses, hostas, and ornamental grasses. Butterfly and hummingbird gardens feature plants that attract these fleeting pollinators, and a prairie garden showcases native habitats. A medicinal garden highlights plants used by local native Americans. The adjacent arboretum offers nearly 2 miles of walking trails.

Open: Daily.

Admission: $6 for adults.

TENNESSEE: KNOXVILLE BOTANICAL GARDEN AND ARBORETUM


This preserve began as a nursery in 1786. Today the park's 47 acres hold eight display gardens, including beds designed and cultivated by Knoxville Master Gardeners, which are used for teaching. Local residents learn to grow food at the Center for Urban Agriculture, and visitors enjoy a dogwood trail, a butterfly meadow, and stone terraces shaded by old trees, where events such as dinners and fundraising galas can be held.

Open: Daily.

Admission: Free.

TEXAS: FORT WORTH BOTANIC GARDEN


Texas' oldest botanic garden comprises 22 specialized gardens. A water conservation garden features xeric plants; a conservatory mimics a tropical rainforest; and a working vegetable garden includes fruit trees and a greenhouse. An elevated boardwalk through a shaded selection of native plants offers activities for kids. The highlight is the Japanese garden ($7 for adults), site of spring and fall festivals and a monthly tea ceremony. During the summer, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra plays Fridays under the stars.

Open: Daily.

Admission: Free.

UTAH: CONSERVATION GARDEN PARK


Like much of the Intermountain West, Utah receives little rainfall and uses significant stores of fresh water to maintain outdoor landscaping. Conservation Garden Park seeks to reduce the amount by testing and showcasing landscapes best suited to arid and semi-arid regions. Visitors will find artful displays and also plenty of resources, including classes, landscape ideas, and events -- all geared toward helping nature lovers become better stewards of the state's water resources.

Open: Monday to Saturday; seasonal hours.

Admission: Free.

VERMONT: GREATWOOD GARDENS, PLAINFIELD


Designed by a protégé of famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Great Gardens is on the campus of Goddard College, which is working to restore and preserve the gardens. This is a small preserve for a small state. It consists primarily of two areas with perennial borders divided by a wide pedestrian walk. Noteworthy features include boxwood hedges cut into an intricate design in the formal garden, a fountain pool, and a rose garden.

Open: Daily.

Admission: Free.

VIRGINIA: MAYMONT GARDENS, RICHMOND


The grounds and gardens on this 100-acre estate are truly stunning, showcasing the style of landscaping favored by the wealthy during the Gilded Age. An Italian garden features stonework, fountains, and gazebos. A Japanese garden, shaded by pruned trees, offers a cool respite in an intimate setting. Also on the grounds are a farm for children, wildlife exhibit, butterfly trail, lily and daffodil display garden, herb garden, and wetland habitat.

Open: Daily.

Admission: Free.

WASHINGTON: BELLEVUE BOTANICAL GARDEN


This 53-acre urban garden showcases the natural habitats of the Pacific Northwest. Gardens highlight collections of fuschias, dahlias, rhododendrons, ferns, and perennials. A Japanese contemplative garden and forest trail add to visitors' enjoyment. A water-wise garden demonstrates conservation practices -- an unexpected feature in an area known for abundant rainfall. Classes focus on gardening skills, finding art in nature, or grade-specific curricula for children.

Open: Daily.

Admission: Free.

WEST VIRGINIA: WEST VIRGINIA BOTANIC GARDEN, MORGANTOWN


This planned 82-acre site is still under construction but offers much to see and do. Current displays include an herb garden, a home landscape demonstration garden, and rock and sensory gardens. A maze and children's garden, along with summer camps and nature classes, foster young gardeners. Adults take classes on planting, yoga, and photography. The park also features extensive trails through woodlands, wetlands, and display gardens.

Open: Daily.

Admission: Free.

WISCONSIN: OLBRICH BOTANICAL GARDENS, MADISON


First envisioned by Michael Olbrich almost 100 years ago, 16 acres of gardens have something blooming all year. The Bolz Conservatory ($2) -- replete with orchids and other tropical plants, a waterfall, and free-flying tropical birds -- is especially delightful in bone-chilling Wisconsin winters. A gilded pavilion, a gift from the Thai government, is surrounded by lush grasses and bamboo that look tropical but can survive the climate. Classes include meditation, yoga, and photography in addition to gardening.

Open: Daily.

Admission: Free.

WYOMING: CHEYENNE BOTANIC GARDENS


The 27 specialty gardens on this 9-acre site include rose, herb, cactus, perennial, rock, sensory, conifer, and historic gardens. Situated in a difficult growing climate, the gardens feature water-saving xeriscaping. A year-round vegetable garden in a solar-heated greenhouse supplies produce to low-income people in the community. The Paul Smith Children's Village is a hands-on experience in sustainability with windmills, pumps, water works, a doghouse with a green roof, a color-coded geodesic dome, and more.

Open: Daily (greenhouse closed Sundays and holidays; children's village closed Mondays except national holidays).

Admission: Free.