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Botanical Gardens Blooming Across the Country

04.04.17

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  • The bonsai exhibition at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens displays several meticulously maintained trees along with an interpretive board explaining the care and culture of bonsai.- Botanical Gardens Blooming Across the Country
  • Brightly colored orchids bloom in the Aquatic House at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.- Botanical Gardens Blooming Across the Country
  • The rose garden at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens is most captivating in spring, but it is a lovely place to take a stroll any day of the year.- Botanical Gardens Blooming Across the Country
  • Massive lilypads at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens display the spectacular ways in which plants have adapted to survive in bogs.- Botanical Gardens Blooming Across the Country
  • Wisteria on an arbor at Los Angeles County Arboretum.- Botanical Gardens Blooming Across the Country
  • Asparagus fern at Los Angeles County Arboretum.- Botanical Gardens Blooming Across the Country
  • Tropical greenhouse at Los Angeles County Arboretum.- Botanical Gardens Blooming Across the Country
  • African garden at Los Angeles County Arboretum.- Botanical Gardens Blooming Across the Country
  • Bauer Lawn and Fountains at Los Angeles County Arboretum at Los Angeles County Arboretum.- Botanical Gardens Blooming Across the Country
  • Prehistoric forest at Los Angeles County Arboretum.- Botanical Gardens Blooming Across the Country
  • Aloe at Niguel Botanical Preserve.- Botanical Gardens Blooming Across the Country
  • Colorful hibiscus welcome you to the gardens at McBryde Garden in Hawaii.- Botanical Gardens Blooming Across the Country
  • The pineapple-lookalike fruit from the pandanus tree at McBryde Garden in Hawaii.- Botanical Gardens Blooming Across the Country
  • The flower of the lilikoi, or passionfruit plant at McBryde Garden in Hawaii.- Botanical Gardens Blooming Across the Country
  • This unbelievable St. Thomas bean plant weaves through a huge monkeypod tree along the walking route. It's a sight not to be missed at McBryde Garden in Hawaii.- Botanical Gardens Blooming Across the Country
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A “botanic garden” by definition is a collection of plants and flowers cultivated for principally scientific purposes. So, although humans have been growing gardens for over 3,000 years for medicinal, nutritional, and religious purposes, the first botanic garden wasn’t established until the mid 1500s. 

The physic garden of the University of Pisa in Italy was created in 1543 for the sole academic goal of discovering new medicinal properties of plants. Soon to follow were Italian physic gardens in Padova, Florence, and Bologna, which sparked a flourishing of counterpoints at apothecaries and universities throughout Europe. This trend only intensified when expeditions and trade started bringing tropical and foreign plants from the Caribbean, Asia, and beyond.

It was in 1801 that the trend alighted on the United States at the Elgin Botanic garden. Though many municipal and civic gardens were enjoyed in the years prior, the establishment of this and the soon to follow Missouri Botanic Garden and the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington D.C. brought rigorous, academic plant study to the states. Today visitors can still visit the Missouri Botanic Garden in St. Louis, the U.S. Botanic Garden, and over 1,775 other gardens in over 145 countries worldwide. The proliferation of these operations has only intensified in the last 30 years due to the emergence of the conservation movement and the danger of extinction of critical specimens.

For us, botanical gardens are a haven from urban life, serving up a quiet, calm, nature-packed reprieve from the hustle. This is especially true in springtime as flowers nationwide open up wide and figuratively stretch their creaky limbs. There is hardly a lovelier place to take in the splendor and vibrancy of spring than at your local botanical garden. Below we’ve compiled a much-less-than-comprehensive look at what’s in bloom at some of the most famous botanical gardens around the country. Visit your local botanical garden’s website for more!

East Coast

Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

  • Narcissus ‘Tittle Tattle’
  • ‘La Belle Époque’ Tulip
  • Marsh Marigold
  • Prunus ‘Accolade’ (Similar to the header image above)

United States Botanic Garden

  • Lollipop flower
  • Scarlet Rosemallow
  • African Tulip Tree
  • Coffee Tree

The South

Atlanta Botanical Garden

  • Algerian Iris
  • Desert Rose
  • Paperbush
  • Flowering Crabapple

The Midwest

Missouri Botanical Garden

  • Moss Phlox 'Blue Emerald'
  • Pasque Flower
  • Corydalis 'Ex Dufu Temple'
  • Clove Currant

Denver Botanic Gardens

  • Tulipa
  • Fritillaria
  • Crocus
  • Corydalis

West Coast

The Oregon Garden

  • Magnolia stellata
  • Crocus longiflorus
  • Hyacinth
  • Boxleaf Azara

San Diego Botanic Garden

  • Pink Dombeya
  • Rosanne Geranium
  • Cup of Gold
  • Honey Bush
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