Most Beautiful Gardens in America

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Anne Erickson at the MSU Gardens

What are the most beautiful gardens in the U.S.?

I’m not ready for winter. Actually, I’m not even ready for fall. Spring and summer are my favorite seasons which is actually a change for me, because autumn used to be my favorite season. That’s where I get my “stage name,” so to speak, with my band, Upon Wings: Anne Autumn. I also go by Anne Ashley. But, this post isn’t about my names. This story is about the most beautiful gardens in America.

America has so many gorgeous gardens. It’s not always something that comes to mind during traveling, though. Who thinks to visit a garden while on vacation? Still, you’re missing out if you don’t visit a fantastic garden on your vacation. So, what are the most beautiful gardens in the U.S.? Read on for some of my favorites.

Most Beautiful Gardens in America

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Meijer is a big name in Michigan and the Midwest. Hendrik Meijer started the supercenter chain, Meijer, in 1934. One of his very first employees was his son, Frederik Meijer, who eventually became the company’s chairman. The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park offer some of the most beautiful gardens in the U.S. Not only will you find a modern sculpture park here, but you’ll also witness a huge botanical garden with Victorian gardens, exotic plants, wetlands, meadows and more.

Dumbarton Oaks Gardens, Washington, D.C.

Everyone knows that Washington, D.C. is a lovely place to visit during the spring months, because of the vibrant cherry trees. But, any season is a good time to visit the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens in Georgetown. Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss took control of the country house and vast area in 1920. From it, they created acres of incredible gardens. Today, these gardens are among the most celebrated in America.

Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona

Why should the Midwest and East get all of the garden fun? If you’re looking for a very unique garden, check out the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona. As its name implies, this is an alluring desert garden that offers picturesque views of vast desert landscape. Also, this garden is known for its colorful wildflowers, which bloom the most in March and April. In other words, this is a good spring garden to visit.

Horticulture and W.J. Beal Botanical Gardens at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

As a Michigan native, I have to include two Michigan gardens on this list. I graduated from Michigan State University, and we have some stunning gardens on the Spartan campus. The Botanical Gardens and Horticulture gardens are both worth a visit when you’re in East Lansing. Here’s you’ll find everything from fruits and vegetables to herbs to roses and blooming flowers. I love visiting these gardens during the middle to end of summer, when everything is really in full bloom.

The New York Botanical Garden, New York City

Located in the Bronx, the New York Botanical Garden is one of the county’s most treasured gardens. It’s an actual National Historic Landmark and offers more than one million plants, plus historic buildings. Unlike many gardens, this spot is actually great to visit in the fall and even early winter, because the Thain Family Forest offers glorious autumn colors.

More: Fall is cider mill season. Check out some of the best American cider mills to visit here. Also, check out some of the best places to watch the sunset in America here.

What are your favorite gardens to visit across the U.S.? Reach out to me via the contact information on my contact page.