Atlanta Botanical Garden

1345 Piedmont Ave, Atlanta, GA, 30309

Website:  https://atlantabg.org/

Phone: (404) 876-5859

Contact: info@atlantabg.org

Since the Garden opened its doors in 1976, it has become the emerald jewel in the crown of Atlanta culture. The Garden is an ever-evolving destination where the horticulturally-minded, nature-inspired and fun-seeking families come together to feel human again.

Renowned plant collections, beautiful displays and spectacular exhibitions make the Atlanta Botanical Garden the loveliest place in the city to visit. An urban oasis in the heart of Midtown, the Garden includes 30 acres of outdoor gardens, an award-winning Children’s Garden, the serene Storza Woods highlighted by a unique Canopy Walk, and the picturesque Skyline Garden.

The Gainesville location, opened in 2015, celebrates years of planning and development of one of North Georgia’s most beautiful landscapes aimed at connecting visitors with both the natural world and cultural amenities. It is home to the largest conservation nursery in the Southeast.

Bok Tower Gardens

1151 Tower Boulevard, Lake Wales, Florida 33853

Website:  https://boktowergardens.org/

Phone:  (863) 676-1408

Contact: info@boktowergardens.org

Bok Tower Gardens is a “must see Florida attraction” centrally located between Tampa and Orlando among rolling hills of citrus! Our nearly 50 acres of Olmsted gardens, 2.5 acre children’s garden Hammock Hollow, the 20-room Mediterranean-style mansion El Retiro at Pinewood and the 205-foot art deco and neo-Gothic Singing Tower carillon is a place that has fascinated millions of Florida visitors.

Bok Tower Gardens boasts one of the greatest works of famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. The meandering, historic landscape garden was designed to be a contemplative and informal woodland setting offering a series of romantic recesses and tranquil resting spots, picturesque vistas and breathtaking views of the Singing Tower. Acres of ferns, palms, oaks and pines fashion a lush backdrop for flowering foliage and the spectacular seasonal color of azaleas, camellias and magnolias (a highlight of our spring peak bloom season) showcasing an ever-changing work of art.

One of the wonderful attributes of the Gardens and natural habitats is its wildlife population. It includes 126 different species of birds as well as the threatened gopher tortoise and endangered eastern indigo snake. The grounds of Bok Tower Gardens is a designated site on the Great Florida Birding Trail.

The Gardens consist of paved primary pathways and many mulched secondary paths, some of which have an incline. There are two main pathways that lead into the core Gardens, and many routes to choose in making your way to the Singing Tower. It is about an 8-minute walk to the Singing Tower from the Visitor Center.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

1000 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225
website: https://www.bbg.org/

Phone: (718) 623-7200

Contact: https://www.visitorservices@bbg.org

Conveniently located just a short distance from the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) serves as both a vital green sanctuary and a hub of innovation. Notably, it was the world's first garden to establish a dedicated "children's garden," providing local kids with an opportunity to cultivate their green thumbs. This cherished space still exists today, alongside a delightful play area designed for young visitors.

The BBG also caters to the needs of sight-impaired visitors with its remarkable "fragrance garden." Here, everyone is encouraged to indulge their senses by smelling and touching the diverse array of plants. Additionally, the garden showcases an authentic Japanese garden, complete with a serene pond, elegant pagodas, and a selection of plants indigenous to that region of Asia.

For an optimal experience, consider visiting in late April or early May when the breathtaking cherry blossoms (a gift from Japan) burst into bloom, accompanied by the vibrant celebration of Sakura Matsuri—the Cherry Blossom Festival. Alternatively, fall offers a spectacular display of colors as the deciduous trees adorn themselves in a radiant tapestry. Regardless of the season, the garden continuously presents captivating seasonal displays both outdoors and within its on-site greenhouses, as well as periodical festivals and special occasions, so check their calendar online to find out what's in bloom at the moment.

Chicago Botanic Gardens

1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022
website: https://www.chicagobotanic.org/info

Phone:  (847) 835-5440

Contact: https://www.chicagobotanic.org/info/contact

The Chicago Botanic Garden opened more than 40 years ago as a beautiful place to visit, and it has matured into one of the world's great living museums and conservation science centers. Every year, more than one million people visit the Garden's 27 gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on 385 acres on and around nine islands, with six miles of lake shoreline. The Garden also has a renowned Bonsai Collection.

The Chicago Botanic Garden has 50,000 members—one of the largest memberships of any U.S. botanic garden. People of all ages, interests, and abilities participate in programs, take classes, and stroll the grounds year-round. Within the nine laboratories of the Garden's Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center, scientists and graduate students conduct a wide array of plant research. The Garden is one of only 17 public gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums. Its Lenhardt Library contains 150,000 volumes—including one of the nation's best collections of rare botanical books.

Color on the Creek

6024 White Flint Drive,Fredrick, MD 21702


website: https://coloronthecreek.com

Phone: (301) 401-5853

Contact: peterkremers@comcast.net

Color On The Creek is an all volunteer inspired and managed water garden located in the Carroll Creek Linear Park which runs through the heart of downtown Frederick Maryland. Created in 2012, the garden transformed an algae plagued creek into a place of real beauty. The water garden blooms from April through October and is open and free to the public. Stop by; you won’t be disappointed! Read more about us, get involved or donate.

Walking along the creek you can’t help but hear passersby admire the color and serenity of the setting.

“This is beautiful.”
“I wish our town would consider a project like this!”
“What a lovely place to stroll and enjoy the weather.”

Whether you’re a resident or a visitor to our lovely town, make sure you take the time to enjoy Carroll Creek and the plantings we’ve added. This project began 5 years ago as an effort to enhance the water quality of the creek as well as to improve the aesthetics of Carroll Creek. Through volunteer efforts and corporate sponsorships, we’ve grown.

Denver Botanic Gardens

1007 York Street, Denver, CO 80206
website: https://www.botanicgardens.org/

Phone:  (720)865-3500

email:   info@botanicgardens.org

Denver Botanic Gardens strives to entertain and delight while spreading the collective wisdom of the Gardens through outreach, collaboration and education. Our conservation programs play a major role in saving species and protecting natural habitats for future generations.

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

909 Robert D. Ray Drive

Des Moines, Iowa 50309-2897
website: https://www.dmbotanicalgarden.com/

Phone:  (515) 323-6290

email:  See website

The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is a vibrant, twelve-acre public garden in the heart of downtown Des Moines, providing an enduring guest experience through progressive design, innovative programming and dynamic exhibits.

Our commitment to literacy is rooted in the belief that education is a lifelong pursuit. We believe the fusion of art and horticulture provide a venue for meaningful, memorable experiences. As explorers, we curate dynamic collections with application to both industry and community. As ecological stewards we embrace the challenges and opportunities of environmental changes.

We are a community of growers who are curious, committed, and kind. We are a community of people welcoming all to join us in caring for one another and the plant communities that make up our Garden. We are growers who, with many hands, cultivate and nurture a thriving ecosystem filled with plants and people. We are curious and passionate about the natural world, and we are dedicated to doing our part to sustain and protect it for future generations. We are committed to creating and tending gardens where joy is experienced, curiosity is cultivated, and lifelong memories are made and cherished. We lead with kindness in all that we do to create an environment that promotes growth of our plants, our people, and our community.

Glenstone Museum

12100 Glen Road Potomac, Maryland 20854

website: https://www.glenstone.org/

Phone:  (301) 983-5007

email: info@glenstone.org

Glenstone is a place that seamlessly integrates art, architecture, and landscape into a serene and contemplative environment. Guided by the personal vision of its founders, Glenstone assembles post-World War II artworks of the highest quality that trace the greatest historical shifts in the way we experience and understand art of the 20th and 21st centuries. These works are presented in a series of refined indoor and outdoor spaces designed to facilitate meaningful encounters for our visitors. Glenstone offers 230 acres of landscape fully integrated with the architecture and art. The landscape includes paths, trails, streams, meadows, forests and outdoor sculptures throughout the grounds.

International Waterlily Collection

2 South Park Street
San Angelo, TX  USA 76901
website: http://www.internationalwaterlilycollection.com/

Phone: (325) 234-7961

email: sanangeloiwc@gmail.com

The International Waterlily Collection has been designated by the International Waterlily & Water Gardening Society as the premiere collection of waterlilies in existence. This collection is the life work of one man with the mind of a scientist, the heart of a poet and the soul that embodies preserving waterlily heritage for the generations to come. His name is Ken Landon. Ken is only able to display about 1/2 of 1% of the collection each year so there is always something new and wondrous to see.

You’ll see old favorites, the largest collection of species material, hugeVictorias, the spectacular Nymphaea ‘Blue Cloud’, the largest collection of Intersubgeneric Hybrids (ISGs) displayed anywhere and of course cutting edge new hybrids from the best hybridizers around the world.

John Ball Zoo

1300 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
website: https://jbzoo.org

Phone: (616) 336-4300

email: dferris@jbzoo.org

John Ball Zoo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation committed to the advancement of public education on the need for wildlife conservation and preservation. On January 1, 2014 Kent County, owner of the Zoo, and the John Ball Zoo Society unified their respective operations at the Zoo to create John Ball Zoo. A long term management agreement is in effect that allows non-profit management with continued ownership by Kent County.

Our Vision: We envision a future of being a world-class zoo, a premier education facility, a renowned conservation center, and a wildly successful national visitor attraction.

John Ball Zoo is the 4th most attended cultural facility In Michigan. Located in a 103 acre park and occupies approximately 31 acres. It is the 4th most attended cultural facility in Michigan. Over 600,000 visitors annually. Over 800,000 people reached annually with wildlife and conservation messages. Over 220 species and over 2,400 individual animals are care for daily. Participates in 49 Species Survival Plans (SSPs) & 39 taxon advisory groups (TAG). $40 million annual economic impact in our communities. Over 55,000 economically disadvantaged children and adults in Kent and Ottawa counties provided free Zoo admission through our JUMP program.

Longwood Gardens

1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square,  PA 19348 USA

website: https://longwoodgardens.org/


Welcome to the world of Longwood Gardens, where garden design, horticulture, education, and the arts interplay to inspire and enlighten our guests.

Our Gardens are a living expression of all that our founder, Pierre S. du Pont, found inspiring, meaningful, and beautiful. From the intricate fountain systems to the meticulous gardens to the architectural grandeur, awe-inspiring discoveries await at every turn.

Los Angelos County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens

3012 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007

website: https://www.arboretum.org/

Phone:  (626) 821-3222

email: admin@arboretum.org

The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is a unique 127-acre botanical garden and historical site located in what was the heart of the historic Rancho Santa Anita in the city of Arcadia.

Our mission is to cultivate our natural, horticultural and historic resources for learning, enjoyment and inspiration. Our vision is to be one of the world's truly great arboreta and botanic gardens--the garden that best reflects Southern California's distinct climate, community and openness to new ideas.


Santa Barbara, CA   USA 93108

website: https://www.lotusland.org/

Phone:  805.969.3767

Visit our website for information on the gardens.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

1534 Mound Street, Sarasota, FL 34236 USA

website: https://selby.org/

Phone: (941) 366-731


Marie Selby Botanical Gardens provides 45 acres of bayfront sanctuaries connecting people with air plants of the world, native nature, and our regional history. Established by forward thinking women of their time, Selby Gardens is composed of the 15-acre Downtown Sarasota campus and the 30-acre Historic Spanish Point campus in the Osprey area of Sarasota County, Florida. The Downtown Campus on Sarasota Bay is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of epiphytic orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads and ferns, and other tropical plants. There is a significant focus on botany, horticulture, education, historical preservation, and the environment. The Historic Spanish Point (HSP) Campus is located less than 10 miles south along Little Sarasota Bay. The HSP Campus, one of the largest preserves showcasing native Florida plants that is interpreted for and open to the public, celebrates an archaeological record that encompasses approximately 5,000 years of Florida history. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a Smithsonian Affiliate and is also accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

McKee Botanical Garden

350 US Highway 1, Vero Beach, FL , 32962 USA

website: https://mckeegarden.org/

Phone: (772) 794-0601


In 1932, Arthur G. McKee and Waldo E. Sexton opened McKee Jungle Gardens on an 80-acre tropical hammock in Vero Beach, Florida. The two land developers employed landscape architect William Lyman Phillips, from the esteemed firm of Frederick Law Olmsted, to design the basic infrastructure of streams, ponds and trails while they focused their efforts on assembling one of the most outstanding collections of waterlilies and orchids – augmenting native vegetation with ornamental plants and exotic specimens from around the world.

With a renewed focus on native horticulture, the Garden remains true to its jungle heritage, featuring 10,000 native and tropical plants as well as one of the area’s largest collections of waterlilies. The Hall of Giants and Spanish Kitchen, historic to the Garden, were both meticulously restored to Sexton’s original vision, and in 2002 the United State’s first permitted bamboo structure was built on site.

McKee has garnered national attention in publications such as Better Homes and Gardens, Coastal Living, House and Garden, Southern Living and The New York Times, and was named one of “22 Secret Gardens – Soothing Places of Surprise and Sanctuary in the U.S. and Canada” by National Geographic Traveler. In 2018, McKee was recognized by Coastal Living as “One of the Ten Most Romantic Places in Florida”. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places and endorsed by The Garden Conservancy as a project of national significance.

Missouri Botanical Garden

4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110  USA



Phone: (314) 577-5100

Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation's oldest botanical garden in continuous operation and a National Historic Landmark.
The Garden is a center for botanical research and science education, as well as an oasis in the city of St. Louis. The Garden offers 79 acres of beautiful horticultural display, including a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, historic architecture, and one of the world's largest collections of rare and endangered flora.
For over 158 years, the Garden has been an oasis in the city, a place of beauty and family fun—and also a center for education, science, and conservation.


Naples Botanic Garden

4820 Bayshore Dr.,  Naples, FL 34112 USA

website: https://www.naplesgarden.org/

Phone: (239) 643-7275 or (877) 433-1874


Currently the host of the IWGS New Waterlily Competition through 2022, Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre, world-class garden paradise that showcases plants from around the world. Our 90-acre Preserve features beautifully restored habitats and walking trails. The Garden provides arts, culture, youth and adult education, conservation, wellness, and volunteer programs that contribute to the quality of life in Southwest Florida. The Garden’s living collections are always growing and evolving, leaving our audiences with a deeper engagement with our curated gardens and natural areas, broadened with every visit.


New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Blvd,  Bronx, NY 10458-5153 USA

website: https://www.nybg.org/

Phone: (718) 817-8700 


The New York Botanical Garden is an iconic living museum, a major educational institution, and a renowned plant research and conservation organization. Founded in 1891 and now a National Historic Landmark, it is one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world and the largest in any city in the United States, distinguished by the beauty of its diverse landscape and extensive collections and gardens, as well as by the scope and excellence of its multidisciplinary exhibitions and programs.

Powell Gardens

Kansas City's Botanical Garden

1609 N.W. U.S. Highway 50, Kingsville, MO 64061

Website:           https://powellgardens.org/

Phone:               (816) 697-2600

Contact:            Matt Hockaday (mhockaday@powellgardens.org )

Powell Gardens is a not-for-profit botanical garden located just east of Kansas City, Missouri. Our mission: to be an experience that embraces the Midwest’s spirit of place and inspires an appreciation for the importance of plants in our lives. Set on 970 acres of lush, rolling hills and windswept meadows, Powell Gardens offers breathtaking display gardens, interesting architecture, a nature trail and a year-round calendar of special events and classes for the entire family. Powell Gardens is known for its spectacular garden displays incorporating native plantings and the Heartland Harvest Garden, one of the nation’s largest edible landscape. Powell Gardens also is known for its contemporary architecture by the architectural firm originally established by E. Fay Jones, now Maurice Jennings Architects.


UC Davis Botanical Conservatory

1 Shields Ave., Davis, CA   95616  USA

Website: greenhouse.ucdavis.edu/conservatory/

Phone:   (530) 379-8399

Contact:   Marlene Simon  Mrsimon@ucdavis.edu

The mission of the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory is to inspire, facilitate, promote and engage our visitors with an understanding and appreciation of plants, their diversity and the pivotal role they serve in the environments where they are found.

The Conservatory and the collections within serve as an interactive and multi-sensory museum containing a large diversity of live specimens relied on for teaching and/or research purposes at the UC Davis campus and available for other academic institutions including K-12 in northern California.

The collection began in 1959 as a teaching collection of coleus plants within the 3,600 sq foot greenhouse now known as the Botanical Conservatory. Today, the complex north of Storer Hall serves the University and public communities as an educational facility, research resource and genetic diversity preserve. The complex houses over 4,000 plant species in more than 150 families, including examples from most of the world's climatic regions.


Botanic Garden of the University of Turku

Ruissalon puistotie 215, FI-20100 Turku, Finland

website: https://sites.utu.fi/kasvitieteellinen-puutarha/en/

Email: puutarharuissalo@utu.fi

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/Ruissalo/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/utubotgar

The Botanic Garden of the University of Turku was founded in 1924 in Iso-Heikkila, Turku, and moved to its present location in Ruissalo in 1956. The new greenhouses (SILMU) were finished in 1998. The greenhouses offer a journey to the Earth's different climate zones. On your journey you'll experience the heat and scents of the tropical houses, and see species ranging from tiny groundcover plants to the highest trees of the rainforest. Ornamental and useful subtropical plants bring a breath of Mediterranean air and the drought-resistant plants of the succulent house surprise with their ability to adapt. In the outdoor gardens you will see flowering plants from April to November. The mild winters of the southwestern coast allow some exotic species to thrive. The landscape of the garden changes with the seasons, noticeably so in the Autumn when the leaves change colour. The glorious colours of the annual plants transport the observer to more sunny climates. The garden of useful plants yields ideas to the home gardener. There are 6 greenhouses: Cactus & Succulents, Araucaria, Neotropics, Palaeotropics, Mediterranean climate, Winter garden and outdoor garden is 24 hectares. Scientists have access to research fields, greenhouses and laboratories which are suitable for a large variety of basic and applied biological research. The largest research fields of the outdoor garden are for research on birches.