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Old 01-09-2018, 01:11 PM
 
Location: North State (California)
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Japanese Tea garden, inside the Golden Gate Park (SF) is beautiful & tranquil. I did not find Butchart in Victoria that impressive. Of gardens abroad we loved Keukenhof in Amsterdam, lucky enough to hit it in tulip season. Kew in London is great too.
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Old 01-09-2018, 01:26 PM
 
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What is/was Hodges Gardens in Louisiana. Haven't been to many gardens in other states. But thanks to Lousyana, the powers that be has shut down the gardens and turned it back over to the Hodges Foundation. My wife and I are praying that the gardens opens up soon. Spent many days and nights camping there. Was our favorite place in Louisiana.
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Old 01-09-2018, 07:35 PM
 
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US Botanic Garden? The one by the Hill? Been there many times on my way to other places. It's OK but isn't that big, does not have a lot of variety, and is not worth a trip, except for the conservatory which is a gem. Nearby though is a tiny garden I love, The Mary Livingston Ripley Garden.
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Old 01-10-2018, 12:33 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Oh my... there are so many (we purposed our 1 yr RTW trip visiting Botanical Gardens during prime bloom)

This was pretty spectacular.. for a generic 'free' Botanical Garden!! I think there were 3 of us there that day!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nation...rdens_(Ireland)
https://www.google.com/search?q=irel...M9BWAQ_AUICygC


Sydney, AU was interesting too (for the variety / propagation of WW species)
Invercargil, NZ BG won with Parrots! / Aviary as a side display.

I am always amazed at the science and planning.

Singapore is still a favorite (and free as well)
Have been hundreds of times, but found something new only a few weeks ago. (that had been there forever)
https://www.sbg.org.sg/
Excellent exhibit of the Japanese curator / 'Garden City Planner' !https://www.sbg.org.sg/index.php?opt...itecture-works

If headed to UK, be sure to get a 'Royal Oak' membership to enjoy 300+ 'National Trust sites' (many with Botanical Gardens)
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Old 01-10-2018, 12:49 AM
 
Location: Lake Oswego, Manhattan, Aspen
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Huntington Library Garden, in California. I love it, because this garden is about the plants, rather than about "showmanship". Just one example, is a mature and gargantuan specimen of 'Montecito' a species hybrid rose - just dominating a large tree. That grand old rose is not neatly maintained, or even particularly pretty. But I can stand there, and commune with that plant as an individual. For those of us who respect venerable plants, Descanso is a wonderful place.
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Old 01-10-2018, 09:13 AM
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Location: Norwich, UK
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Kew Gardens
Isabella Planation
Chelsea Physic Garden (home to the world's most northerly fruiting grapefruit)
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Old 01-10-2018, 06:20 PM
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Location: Norwich, UK
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There's also the Tresco Abbey Gardens (but I've never been). They are situated at 49N but look more like they should be at 29N!
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Old Today, 09:39 AM
 
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The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix AZ


yes, a lot of "cool" plants (just don't go see those cool plants in the middle of a hot summer's day, LOL) in the collection to show just how rich in different plants (not just cacti or agaves) the "desert" can be.
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Old Today, 09:53 AM
 
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There's also the Tresco Abbey Gardens (but I've never been). They are situated at 49N but look more like they should be at 29N!

yes, because the gardens on an island and the waters around the island (part of the Gulf Stream) are relatively warm the gardens enjoy the mildest climate in the U.K. and allow them to exploit those mild "oceanic" conditions to grow an array of plants roughly similar to that of the San Francisco Botanic Gardens in California. that said, the influence of the Gulf Stream also allows the many wonderful gardens on the southern parts of "mainland" Britain like Cornwall (and Devon) like Trebah and Trengwainton to also have very impressive and beautiful collections of rare and exotic plants from all over the world.
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