If you are traveling through the Eastern United States this summer and are in search of a place to take a quiet break from the road, consider visiting one of these botanical gardens.
New York Botanical Garden: New York, New York
This 125-year-old iconic living museum has served as an urban oasis since it was founded in 1891. The 250-acre National Historic Landmark supports over one million living plants through its collection. Over a million visitors come to the Garden each year to experience its tropical, temperate, and desert flora. The Garden is also a major destination location for educational opportunities for local school-aged children and their families. Through the educational outreach of the Garden families learn about plant science, ecology, and healthful eating. The programs reach nearly 90,000 chidlren from underserved communites and also works with 3,000 educators who participate in professional development programs on-site. To learn more about the opportunites at the New York Botanical Garden visit nybg.org.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden: Richmond, Virginia
The Lewis Ginter Bontanical Garden is a 50-acre garden located on the North Side of Richmond Virginia. Built by Lewis Ginter, a prominent businessman, military officer, real estate developer, and philanthropist who became one of Richmond’s wealthiest citizens during his life. In the late 1800s Ginter bought nine acres on Lakeside Lake and allowed colleagues to build the Lakeside Wheel Club, a desintaiton for Richmond bicyclists. As the area grew, so did the facility. Now the Garden exists to enlighten, educate and inspire the public trough their horticultural collections and landscape design. Information about the collection and hours of the facility, go to lewisginter.org.
Atlanta Botanical Garden: Atlanta, Georgia
The main mission of the Atlanta Botanical Garden is to “develop and maintain plant collections for the purposes of display, education, conservation, research and enjoyment.” Since it opened in 1976, this 30-acre park, which is located across from Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta, has worked to create a space that fulfills their mission. The location features multiple display gardens, woodlands that feature plant collections that include roses, herbs, conifers, and more. Featured areas on the grounds include the Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory, which houses rare and endangered tropical plants, the Children’s Garden, and the Fuqua Orchid Center, home to the High Elevation Orchard House and Tropical Orchid House.