The Most Beautiful Public Gardens In The U.S.

Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Ga.

Springtime calls for meadows of tulips in Atlanta Botanical Garden. Go on a beautiful garden tour, walk through orchids at the Orchid Society Show and experience the Bonsai Society Show. On the weekends, visit the Orchid Market and choose from a variety of live orchids from local growers. Also shop around for bird houses, artwork, and Georgia fruits.

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Vail, Colorado

The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens are open year-round although their peak flower season is from June to August. Bring your family to experience a variety of exhibits, listen to live music and even share a romantic date night at their Painting Workshop. Bring your children to Betty Ford Alpine Gardens for a once in a lifetime experience. They have a Kid's Amphitheatre, Solstice Stones and a hike up the Gore creek to a garden made for children. They also have waterfalls, meditation areas and Alpine pools.

Bloedel Reserve, Brainbridge Isle, Wash.

Enter this garden and make your way to the meadow, relax and enjoy the breeze. Then, take a trail walk through the woods and encounter some amazing frogs and plants. Also visit their stunning waterfall, Japanese garden and reflection pool. Bloedel Reserve also offers events such as writing workshops, music in the garden and art shows.

Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales, Fla.

Bok Tower Gardens is a historic landmark located in central Florida. They offer yoga in the gardens, concerts and other outdoor events. Spring is the perfect time of the year to visit. Bok Tower Gardens has more than 150 varieties of camellias and other flowering plants. Make sure you bring your camera to capture the burst of colors. Also, take a guided garden walking tour to learn about the history of the Gardens.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is full of a wide range of events and workshops. Take art classes, go on a seasonal theme tour, take a custom cooking and bath salts class, learn how to start your very own rooftop garden and take your kids to get dirty at the gardens kids' discovery stations.

Longwood Gardens, Philadelphia

Be sure to have your camera as you enter the beautiful Longwood Gardens to capture pictures of the colorful flower garden walkthrough. Last fall, gardeners, students and volunteers came together to add around 500,000 early spring bulbs. Get to Longwood Gardens today to see these bulbs as they begin to bloom.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, Fla.

Explore the world of tropical plants at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Fairchild is the home of the American Orchid Society. There are more than two acres of rainforest and colorful orchids from around the world.

Portland Japanese Garden, Portland, Ore.

The Portland Japanese Garden is 5.5 acres and composed of 5 garden styles. Visit this garden for a sense of peace and tranquility. The three elements used to create this beautiful garden are stone, water and plants. Some of their many gardens include the strolling pond garden, tea garden, flat garden, natural garden and sand and stone garden.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, Maine

With over 270 acres of tidal shoreland, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens welcomes people from all over the world. Visit their art exhibits and historical illustrations. In April, view their early spring bulbs and spring ephemerals.

Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga.

Visit Callaway Gardens for a day of fun filled adventures. Explore the gardens, visit the butterfly center, overlook the Azalea Garden, view the stained glass windows of the Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel and take a glimpse back into history at the Pioneer Log Cabin.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, Va.

Explore 50 acres of gardens at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Some of their themed gardens include the Children's Garden, Rose Garden, Asian Valley and Cherry Tree Walk. Enjoy the beautiful displays and bring the whole family to learn about plants and embrace nature.

Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis

If you are interested in history, visit the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Buckminster Fuller dome offers a view of their stunning collection of tropical plants. Also enjoy the largest Japanese garden in the U.S., the Seiwa-En Garden — as well as the Victorian and Ottoman.

Cheekwood Botanical Garden, Nashville, Tenn.

Take a stroll around the 55 acres of Cheekwood Botanical Garden. Visit their beautiful grounds and interesting exhibits. Some of their famous gardens include Howe Garden, Martin Boxwood Gardens, and the Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden. Afterwards, grab lunch in their restaurant and finish your day shopping at their gift shop.

Denver Botanic Garden, Denver, Colorado

The Denver Botanic Garden is located in Cheesman Park. It has a conservatory, themed gardens and amphitheater for summer concerts. Take a walk through their seven gardens, including the beautiful Shofu-en, the Garden of Wind and Pines.

Filoli Gardens, Woodside, California

The Filoli Gardens are owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is structured as a series of enclosed spaces, providing stunning views of plants, reflecting pools and olive trees. Make the most of your day by visiting the sunken garden pool and Rose Garden.