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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