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Beautiful National Garden Destinations

If you are interested in planning a trip, be sure to check out these national garden destinations!

Photo credit - Huntington Gardens

Photo credit – Huntington Gardens

The Huntington Gardens – Los Angeles, California

Why settle for one stunning garden when you can see 12? Spread over 120 acres in San Marino, California, the Huntington Gardens range in variety from native California plants and desert gardens to the beloved Japanese Garden with its Ceremonial Teahouse, Moon Bridge, and Bonsai collection. There’s also a Children’s Garden with interactive elements like a Fragrance Garden, Fog Grotto, Color Prism Tunnel and more. And if you’ve had your fill of winter come this January/February, consider visiting Huntington’s Camellia Garden, when the flowers are in full bloom – that includes 80 different species and 1,200 different cultivars…and absolutely no snow or ice!

Photo credit - Fredrick Meijer Gardens

Photo credit – Fredrick Meijer Gardens

Fredrick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park – Grand Rapids, MI

Integrating fine art with the beauty of nature, you can enjoy the garden’s exquisite art museum. It’s ranked in the top 100 most-visited art museums in the world with more than 200 works found both indoors and out on the grounds’ 158 acre campus. Along with horticultural displays of native Midwestern plants, you can stroll through the English Perennial and Bulb Garden, beat the heat in the cool of the Woodland Shade Garden or for a different kind of chill thrill, visit the Carnivorous Plant House, home to meat-eating plants from around the world, including the Venus Flytrap, Pitcher Plants, Sundews and Butterworts. No need to fear for your safety – carnivorous plants typically stick to a diet of insects. Larger varieties have been known to feed on small frogs, birds and the occasional rodent, but any stories of man-eating plants are pure myth…really!

Photo credit - Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

Photo credit – Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens- Richmond, VA

Noted as one of the top 10 gardens in the country, this mid-Atlantic gem stretches over 50 acres and includes an impressive Rose Garden, Fountain Garden, Healing Garden and Children’s Garden (pack the kids’ swimsuits on warm days so they can play in the water sprays!) and more. Open year round, the garden is host to numerous special exhibits including Butterflies LIVE!, held in the 63 foot high conservatory featuring hundreds of tropical butterflies, And NatureConnects®: Art with LEGO®Bricks, where giant flowers, birds, insects and animals made of LEGO bricks make the garden their home. Live music, dining and shopping ensure there’s something for everyone to enjoy!