Public gardens are wonderful places to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and relax among the trees, flowers, and other plants. There are public gardens in every state in the United States, but not all of them will wow you with their beauty, so we’ve compiled a list of the most beautiful public gardens in the United States. All of these lovely spaces offer gorgeous landscaping, unique plants, and spots to sit and enjoy the scenery while they’re open to the public year-round and free of charge!
If you’re looking for someplace to relax and enjoy a day with your family, consider visiting one of these public gardens. Not only are they great places to walk around and observe flora, but also fauna. You’ll meet local residents who can tell you about their favorite flowers or trees as well as entertain you with facts about their lives and species.
These gardens are great for dates or just for kids who need a little exercise before sitting at a desk all day long. We hope that you can make it out to one of these great sites so that you can experience tranquility away from the bustle of life. Enjoy!
The Garden At Oheka Castle
If you have ever seen Gossip Girl, then you have already seen Oheka Castle. Located on Long Island, New York, Oheka is a stunning villa designed by architect Henry Beeching and often used as a filming location for Hollywood films and television shows (including The Royal Tenenbaums).
Inside its stately walls are formal gardens that provide some of the most beautiful views of any garden in America. It’s no wonder it’s regularly ranked among Travel + Leisure magazine’s World’s Best Places to Stay. With over 150 rooms on 45 acres, Oheka offers up all kinds of activities for guests: private wine tastings, guided walks through the grounds, outdoor yoga classes, and much more.
Gardens Of Versailles, France
It is no wonder that French King Louis XIV’s personal residence has been called the most beautiful place on Earth. When you visit, there are different gardens to take a tour of, each with a unique environment and atmosphere to enjoy. The gardens of Versailles boast some of France’s most famous fountains and statues, including The Three Graces, representing wisdom, justice, and moderation.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
With about 30 gardens, 1,200 species of plants, and 50 educational facilities, New York’s Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a museum of greenery. Visitors are encouraged to picnic or just sit and enjoy their surroundings at any time and when it comes to gorgeous public gardens, these are some of America’s best.
Montreal Botanical Garden
Established by botanist Henry Teuscher in 1932, one of Montreal’s most popular attractions is also its oldest. The 1.6 square miles of gardens and woodlands include a multitude of trees, including maples, oaks, and birches, as well as more than 8,000 kinds of plants and trees from around the world.
For those who can’t visit Montreal in person or who want to get a glimpse of what to expect the park has an informative website with information about visiting (including details on guided tours) that can be accessed at any time.
There are also virtual tours available through Google Street View or Apple Maps.
San Francisco Botanical Garden
San Francisco, California (April to October) The San Francisco Botanical Garden is a fantastic place to spend a sunny afternoon.
Built around 13 acres of scenic beauty and gardens, it’s actually more like an entire park than just a garden, with a series of different themed areas that include: Mediterranean California foothills Sonoma Coast and Redwood Forest Temperate rainforest South African fynbos The Garden of Fragrance As one of SF’s most popular attractions, it’s only natural that some people will find it too crowded, but don’t let that deter you from checking out all its amazing features.
You can visit seven days a week during daylight hours except for Tuesdays when they are closed.
Japanese Tea Garden
The University of California, Berkeley sits on a 1,000-acre plot of land just north of San Francisco. To complement its sprawling green spaces, it also has an extensive collection of gardens. The Japanese Tea Garden is just one part of a larger display that includes Cherry Blossom Hill and Tang Yueh Fu, both historical parts of the garden. As one reviewer wrote: The long walk through dramatic landscape features cascading waterfalls, pools with goldfish, lotus flowers, and seasonal flora including plump orange pumpkins is a sheer sensory delight.
Shenandoah National Park
In my mind, there is no greater gift you can give yourself than spending a morning outside in a gorgeous public garden.
As our lives get busier and busier and more stressful, I find that taking some time to sit, relax, and reflect among beautiful plants and flowers does wonder for our health. So if you’re feeling stressed out or down or just generally unwell, I highly recommend heading to your local botanical garden or arboretum.
If your local area doesn’t have one, I encourage you to look online at what they have nearby it will be well worth it!
Woodland Dunes Nature Preserve
Woodland Dunes is a 264-acre preserve located on Lake Michigan, south of Frankfort. It is one of Michigan’s largest natural sand dune systems, preserving areas of maritime and oak forest, ponds, and shoreline as well as miles of interconnecting trails for hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. Visitors also come to picnic, fish, or study nature.
The area has been designated as an Important Bird Area by Audubon Great Lakes (AGL). AGL is a joint program with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to identify priority bird habitats for conservation efforts across northern portions of Lake Michigan.
Woodland Dunes Preserve is an interpretive center that focuses on coastal ecosystems.
While there are many factors that determine which gardens are included on our list of most beautiful public gardens, we chose to focus on gardens that offer unparalleled views or a breathtaking landscape.
If you are looking for a quiet place to read, somewhere peaceful to take your children, or just somewhere tranquil to walk through and admire nature’s beauty, then these beautiful public gardens have it all.
The next time you’re planning a vacation and considering visiting a new city don’t forget that there may be some amazing nature close by! There is something about being surrounded by plants and flowers that just makes us feel better it’s been proven to reduce stress levels among workers in offices with access to plants, so why not find one near your home.