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    Five of America’s finest public gardens

    The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
    Desert Botanical Garden
    The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.

    1: MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN

    St. Louis

    314-577-5100

    www.missouribotanicalgarden.org

    One of the oldest gardens in the country, with a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden and one of the world’s largest collections of rare and endangered orchids.

    Old Westbury Gardens
    Old Westbury Gardens in New York.

    2: OLD WESTBURY GARDENS

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    Westbury, N.Y.

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    516-333-0048

    www.oldwestburygardens.org

    Considered one of the finest English gardens in the country, historic English mansion surrounded by 200 acres of formal gardens, ponds, and woodlands on north shore of Long Island.

    US Botanical Garden
    The US Botanical Garden in Washington, D.C.

    3: US BOTANIC GARDEN

    Washington, D.C.

    202-225-8333

    www.usbg.gov/national-garden

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    An urban oasis with a conservatory, National Garden with regional plants, rose and butterfly gardens, and two-acre Bartholdi Park.

    4: VIZCAYA

    Miami

    305-250-9133

    www.vizcayamuseum.org

    Ten acres of American Renaissance gardens surround a Gilded Age mansion built for industrialist John Deering.

    5: DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN

    Phoenix

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    480-941-1225

    www.dbg.org

    Scenic trails meander through dramatic displays of desert plants from around the world.

    DIANE BAIR
    AND PAMELA WRIGHT