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Howard Feb 14th, 2002 05:23 AM

Spring in coming soon: Where are the best public gardens in the USA and Canada?
It is still mid Feburary and here in my home town the trees are still bare and the grass is brown but in a few months it will be spring! I am looking to visit the best formal gardens in the USA and Canada, anyone have any advice on where to go?

Garden Lover Feb 14th, 2002 05:30 AM

Brookgreen Gardens in the South Carolina lowlands (U.S.17 South between Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet). <BR><BR>Check out

N.M. Feb 14th, 2002 05:31 AM

Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania just outside Philadelphia! You can see photographs of the the gardens, fountains and fireworks on their website

b Feb 14th, 2002 05:44 AM

Boston's "Public Garden" (aka Boston's Central Park) is a beautiful, free, formal garden in a spectacular urban setting. It's just across the street from Boston Common where protesters from the 1700's to the 2002 have camped out. <BR><BR>Also in Boston's public park system is the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain neighborhood. It's huge, with thousands of different trees. You can look on their website to see which trees will be flowering at what months so you can plan your trip according to what you want to see.

KenCT Feb 14th, 2002 06:01 AM

Something about the Northwest that makes gardens just spectacular. The VanDusen and UBC gardens in Vancouver are glorious. I was less impressed with the Buchart Gardens in nearby Victoria, but it is a major destination.

Mary Feb 14th, 2002 06:01 AM

I heard the best gardens are near Victoria Canada, something like Bukurt, not sure of the spelling.

RB Feb 14th, 2002 06:49 AM

The flowers & grounds at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville are very pretty, especially during the Festival of Flowers April 6–May 12;<BR>

Randa Feb 14th, 2002 06:57 AM

March/April is the time to visit Charleston's gardens at Magnolia Plantation and Middleton. Both are gorgeous.

JAC Feb 14th, 2002 07:11 AM

The Public Gardens in Montreal are worth a visit later in the spring for their diversity (including Japanese bonsai, Chinese gardens and Insectarium). Also have wonderful indoor and outdoor water gardens. And they're right across the street from the old Expo at which you can go to an Expos baseball game (do it quick before they disappear) and a great natural history museum call the Biodome.

Barbara Feb 14th, 2002 07:49 AM

The Huntington Library in San Marino, next to Pasadena. The gardens are wonderful!

Wendy Feb 14th, 2002 08:34 AM

Second the Huntington Library rec in Pasadena. It is absolutely gorgeous in the Springtime. There's a large rose garden plus a tea room with windows overlooking the garden. There's also a desert garden, an herb garden, a Japanese garden, etc, not to mention fine art and old manuscripts in the museums on the grounds. As an added bonus, afterwards you can go to the LA Arboretum (in nearby Artesia) which has its fair share of flowering beauties.<BR><BR>If you want to see wildflowers in late Mar, the California poppy fields bloom and it's amazing--acres and acres of gold. Check out for info and pics

klam Feb 14th, 2002 08:34 AM

In Vancouver, UBC has a Botanical Garden, and separate Japanese (Nitobe) and rose gardens. Queen Elizabeth Park has a conservatory. Stanley Park also has a rose garden.

Susan Feb 14th, 2002 08:43 AM

That's the Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC. And speaking of a memorable childhood vacation (another thread) that would be one of mine. It is amazing and beautiful. I've never seen so many roses.

Sherry Feb 19th, 2002 10:26 PM

try Edwards Gardens in Toronto Ontario<BR>It's free and if you go in late spring it is absolutely beautiful. Lots of weddings there in the summer as well.<BR>It's at Leslie and Lawrence Avenues. Very accessible by both car and public transit.

Dave Feb 20th, 2002 03:23 AM

Fellows Riverside Gardens, part of Mill Creek Park in Youngstown, OH. Very nice in its own right, but when you consider that it is within sight of downtown Youngstown, that's like find a diamond in a dumpster.

RB Feb 20th, 2002 03:53 AM

You can check out some wonderful private gardens, as well as exhibition gardens, during an expo in Savannah, GA April 5-6. There will be gardening seminars, workshops and demonstrations. Savannah is lovely in the spring, and it's a good time to take in its beauty. The walking tours of the private gardens will be held during the expo; they're not open on a year-round basis.

Cindy Feb 20th, 2002 04:47 AM

The Butchart Gardens in Victoria are definitely gorgeous, but there are also four formal gardens at Royal Roads University (also in Victoria) that are stunning. I saw them for the first time last summer and was blown away.

x Feb 20th, 2002 05:03 AM

The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, yes, the Bronx, is very nice.

Owen O'Neill Feb 20th, 2002 05:07 AM

The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens is very nice, particularly the Japanese Garden, which was recently restored. Best time to visit is probably late spring or early summer when the roses in their rose garden have reached full bloom.

c Feb 20th, 2002 09:34 AM

Butchart Gardens in Victoria, Canada is definitely worth a visit. <BR><BR>Portland, Oregon also offers some pretty good gardens. Washington Park has a great rose garden and a Chinese garden opened up a few years ago in the downtown area.<BR><BR>Huntington Library and Descanso Gardens are two good spots in the Pasadena, California area to check out. And the Getty Center has a nice garden in addition to a wonderful museum.

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