Public Gardens & Arboretums

They are spaces that reflect our history, as well as our current gardening obsessions. Some began life as private spaces, while others have always been a part of our public lands. The public gardens, botanical gardens, and arboretums of the United States are waiting to welcome gardeners, and if you haven't visited one lately, now is the time to plan a trip. A great time to see what's in store is during National Public Gardens Day; to find a garden you might want to visit, check these listings. There are public gardens in virtually every climate and every region in the country; consider starting with the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. Many metropolitan areas have their own botanical gardens, allowing you to admire the creative talents and plant possibilities of that area. Must-see spots include gardens in Atlanta, Brooklyn, Chicago, Dallas, and Denver, as well as the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix and the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. Many large estates -- once private enclaves, such as the Biltmore Estate -- have amazing gardens that are open to the public. Check out those in your area for even more gardening inspiration.

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