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Gardens to Visit

A landscape architect once told me that as gardeners and professionals we are always borrowing and improving on each other's designs. I would agree. I find my best garden designs are a combination of luck, borrowed ideas and experimentation. Increase your luck by visiting private and public gardens in your area. These are great places to see which perennials will thrive in your area, plant combinations that provide great impact, and other design ideas that work with or don't fit your gardening style.

And don't just make one visit. You really need to see the plants throughout the year. You will be amazed at how they change. Make sure the plant you just can't resist in bloom looks just as good when the flowers fade or the snow flies. Yes, snow—stop by in winter to see if you and the birds will enjoy these plants in your garden. And don't be shy about asking other visitors, volunteers, and staff about their favorite plants or combinations. There is a wealth of information growing in and walking through the gardens.

Alabama

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Huntsville Botanical Garden

Mobile Botanical Gardens

University of Alabama Arboretum

Alaska

Alaska Botanical Garden

Georgeson Botanical Garden

Arizona

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Desert Botanical Garden

Navajo Nation Zoo and Botanical Park

Tucson Botanical Gardens

Arkansas

Botanical Gardends of the Ozarks

Garvan Woodland Gardens

California

Forestiere Underground Gardens

Fullerton Arboretum

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Moorten Botanical Garden

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

U.C. Botanical Garden at Berkeley

Colorado

Chester M. Alter Arboretum, University of Denver

Denver Botanic Gardens

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Connecticut

Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens

Highstead Arboretum

Marsh Botanical Garden

Delaware

Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek

University of Delaware Botanic Gardens

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