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5 Must-Visit Garden Tour Sites Across the United States

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to explore the Biltmore Estates with my family and it was an unforgettable experience! From the estate to the winery and gardens, the Biltmore had me ensnared from the first sight. I believe the Biltmore and the many other beautiful estates should be a ‘must’ on everyone's travel destinations.  From historic estates to urban oases, these botanical gems offer a feast for the senses and a glimpse into the beauty of nature. Join us as we discover why these garden tour sites are must-visit destinations for gardening enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Longwood Gardens (Kennett Square, Pennsylvania):

  • Nestled in the heart of Pennsylvania's Brandywine Valley, Longwood Gardens beckons visitors with its breathtaking beauty and rich horticultural heritage. Spanning over 1,000 acres, this botanical paradise features a stunning array of gardens, including vibrant flower displays, tranquil water features, and majestic conservatories. Whether you're strolling through the Italian Water Garden or marveling at the Orchid House, Longwood Gardens offers a captivating experience for visitors of all ages.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Brooklyn, New York):

  • Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Home to over 14 acres of meticulously curated landscapes, this urban oasis is a haven for plant lovers and nature enthusiasts. From the iconic cherry blossoms of the Japanese Garden to the fragrant blooms of the Fragrance Garden, each corner of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden offers a feast for the senses and a respite from the chaos of city life.

Biltmore Estate Gardens (Asheville, North Carolina):

  • Step back in time and experience the grandeur of the Gilded Age at the Biltmore Estate Gardens. Nestled amidst the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, these meticulously manicured gardens showcase the opulence and elegance of America's largest privately-owned home. Explore the formal gardens, stroll through the lush greenery of the Conservatory, and marvel at the vibrant blooms of the Walled Garden. With its timeless beauty and historic charm, the Biltmore Estate Gardens are a must-visit destination for garden enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

Missouri Botanical Garden (St. Louis, Missouri):

  • Discover the beauty and diversity of plant life from around the world at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Founded in 1859, this botanical gem is one of the oldest botanical institutions in the United States and boasts an impressive collection of plants, including rare and endangered species. Explore the themed gardens, wander through the serene Japanese Garden, and marvel at the exotic blooms of the Climatron conservatory. With its extensive collection of botanical specimens and stunning landscapes, the Missouri Botanical Garden offers a truly immersive experience for visitors of all ages.

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens (San Marino, California):

  • Escape to paradise at the Huntington Gardens, where lush greenery, colorful blooms, and tranquil water features await amidst the beauty of Southern California. Explore over 120 acres of meticulously curated gardens, including the Desert Garden, Japanese Garden, and Rose Garden. From the fragrant blossoms of the Herb Garden to the majestic beauty of the Australian Garden, each corner of the Huntington Gardens offers a feast for the senses and a sanctuary for the soul.

So pack your bags, grab your camera, and embark on a botanical adventure you won't soon forget!

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