The 10 Most Beautiful Botanical Gardens In The Us

Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis

Hosts annual events like summer music fest and holiday shows; features 79 acres with a 14-acre Japanese garden, Henry Shaw's 1850 estate, and a large collection of rare orchids.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA

Offers southern charm with a domed conservatory housing orchids and a butterfly exhibit; includes a children's area with a tree house and a winter light display of over half a million lights.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus, OH

Year-round enormous greenhouses with over 400 desert and rainforest plant varieties, seasonal exhibits, and a glassblowing pavilion for demos and seminars.

Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

Showcases 145 acres of desert plants, including over 50,000 plants and a unique cacti collection; popular in spring for the butterfly exhibit and wildflower blooms.

ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden, Albuquerque, NM

Located along the Rio Grande, it features 36 acres of gardens with a Japanese garden and a children's garden guarded by a topiary dragon; also includes a zoo and aquarium.

United States Botanic Garden, Washington, DC

Established by Congress in 1820, it displays around 65,000 plants in a conservatory and outdoor areas, including rare ferns; admission is free.

San Francisco Botanical Garden, San Francisco

Known for its magnolia bloom from mid-January to March; features a redwood grove and rare cloud forest plants, located in Golden Gate Park.

Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta

Offers a 600-foot canopy walk, an orchid center with the largest US orchid collection, a garden pond, and a children's garden with fountains and educational exhibits.

New York Botanical Garden, New York City

A 250-acre garden featuring a Victorian-style glass house with 11 plant habitats; hosts major events like a spring orchid exhibit and a winter train show.

Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL

Includes 26 gardens and 4 natural areas, 400 acres, a Susumu Nakamura bonsai collection, and plant conservation research. About a million people visit annually.