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Spring in coming soon: Where are the best public gardens in the USA and Canada?

Old Feb 14th, 2002, 05:23 AM
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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?
 
Old Feb 14th, 2002, 05:30 AM
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Brookgreen Gardens in the South Carolina lowlands (U.S.17 South between Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet).

Check out www.brookgreen.com
 
Old Feb 14th, 2002, 05:31 AM
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Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania just outside Philadelphia! You can see photographs of the the gardens, fountains and fireworks on their website www.longwoodgardens.org
 
Old Feb 14th, 2002, 05:44 AM
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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.

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.
 
Old Feb 14th, 2002, 06:01 AM
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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.
 
Old Feb 14th, 2002, 06:01 AM
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I heard the best gardens are near Victoria Canada, something like Bukurt, not sure of the spelling.
 
Old Feb 14th, 2002, 06:49 AM
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The flowers & grounds at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville are very pretty, especially during the Festival of Flowers April 6–May 12; www.biltmore.com.
 
Old Feb 14th, 2002, 06:57 AM
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March/April is the time to visit Charleston's gardens at Magnolia Plantation and Middleton. Both are gorgeous.
 
Old Feb 14th, 2002, 07:11 AM
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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.
 
Old Feb 14th, 2002, 07:49 AM
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The Huntington Library in San Marino, next to Pasadena. The gardens are wonderful!
 
Old Feb 14th, 2002, 08:34 AM
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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.

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 http://www.calparksmojave.com/poppy.
 
Old Feb 14th, 2002, 08:34 AM
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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.
 
Old Feb 14th, 2002, 08:43 AM
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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.
 
Old Feb 19th, 2002, 10:26 PM
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try Edwards Gardens in Toronto Ontario
It's free and if you go in late spring it is absolutely beautiful. Lots of weddings there in the summer as well.
It's at Leslie and Lawrence Avenues. Very accessible by both car and public transit.
 
Old Feb 20th, 2002, 03:23 AM
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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.
 
Old Feb 20th, 2002, 03:53 AM
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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.
 
Old Feb 20th, 2002, 04:47 AM
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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.
 
Old Feb 20th, 2002, 05:03 AM
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The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, yes, the Bronx, is very nice.
 
Old Feb 20th, 2002, 05:07 AM
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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.
 
Old Feb 20th, 2002, 09:34 AM
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Butchart Gardens in Victoria, Canada is definitely worth a visit.

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.

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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