The best way to reinvigorate the senses is to be one with nature – so why not kick that up a notch by visiting one of the countries most beautiful botanical gardens? Impressive flower collections are on display, as well as entertainment, shopping and restaurants. We know that we love to visit gardens when we need some inspiration for our centerpieces and arrangements. Check out these four floral friendly escapes:
1. Missouri Botanical Garden – This 79-acre garden in St. Lewis has two other properties outside the city limits: the Sophia M Sachs butterfly house and the 2,400 acre Shaw Nature Reserve. This botanical garden is also known for one of the biggest orchid collections in the US.
2. Lewish Ginter Botanical Garden – This is one of the most visited places in the Richmond, VA area and offers more than 50 acres of beautiful gardens. It also comes complete with a classical domed Conservatory (the only one of its kind in the mid-Atlantic). It also boasts a dozen themed gardens, including the Healing Garden, Fountain Garden, Asian Valley and Victorian Garden.
3. Coastal Maine Botanical Garden – 11,000 tulips bloom every spring on these 270 acres of tidal shoreland. The 2015 theme is Myth, Magic and Medicine. You can learn all about aphrodisiacs, herbal tincture, salves and botanical herbal drawings in their amazing classes.
4. Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park – Wander down picturesque pathways lined with flowers, listen to a summer concert and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors (along with an array of sculptures) this spring. You can also find kid friendly areas in the kid-sense garden, an 1880′s farmhouse, butterfly maze and the caterpillar room.