The sight of budding flowers can only mean spring is right around the corner! To commemorate the beginning of the season, we’re sharing our favorite botanical gardens you can visit near Global Discovery Vacations destinations!
Here are our top five floral destinations:
Red Butte Garden – Salt Lake City, Utah
The Red Butte Garden is open year round, making it more than just a garden. This is a popular area for outdoor events and concerts for some of today’s top recording artists, so the activities are almost never-ending. And each season has something new to offer! See the blooming bulbs during the early spring, camp out in the summer or check out the many art or floral exhibits happening around the year.
Biltmore House and Gardens – Asheville, North Carolina
Many Global Discovery Vacations members know about this “little” retreat, but if you are staying at Banner Elk, North Carolina, the Biltmore Estate is well worth the one and a half hour drive. Enjoy the majestic greenery near the breathtaking estate, which looms in the background like a castle from the Renaissance. There are two and a half miles of manicured gardens to walk through where you can stroll along the French Broad River or the meadows of Deer Park.
Desert Botanical Gardens – Phoenix, Arizona
Member Gary S. once told us that there was no place better to visit than the Desert Botanical Gardens because of its ever-changing scenery. With more than 50,000 dazzling desert plants and volunteers with a passion for preservation, Gary may be right! You can see for yourself – come for the colorful cacti, stay for the Spring Butterfly Exhibit and countless other tours.
Hollis Garden – Lakeland, Florida
We’ve featured this relaxing retreat before, but it’s so great we just had to share it again! Step away from the bustling beach and take a stroll through the 10,000 flowers and ornamental shrubs. The neoclassical design is a perfect accompaniment to the vegetation and fountains. Let the kids unwind at Barnett Family Park and take a rest in the picnic areas.
Nathanael Greene Park – Springfield, Missouri
You’ll have plenty of excitement with the endless entertainment options in Branson. If you want to find tranquility between musicals and water parks, Springfield has some great day-trip gardens of all styles. The 114-acre Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center contains a number of sites ranging from Japanese plants, prairie gardens and dozens of other floral themes.
Next time you’re vacationing with Global Discovery Vacations, make sure to stop and smell the roses at these fabulous botanical gardens!
What botanical gardens have you found on your travels? Share with us in the comments below!
Photo credit: Biltmore House and Gardens, Red Butte Garden, Desert Botanical Garden and Visit Central Florida