Steeped in history, rich with tradition, the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is a living plant museum that informs visitors about the importance, and often irreplaceable value, of plants to the well-being of humans and to earth's fragile ecosystems. One of the oldest botanic gardens in North America, the USBG is an accredited living plant museum with the mission to demonstrate the aesthetic, cultural, economic, therapeutic and ecological importance of plants. From roses to orchids, the rainforest to the Mid-Atlantic, rare and endangered plants to the latest in home gardens, a world of plants and environments await you in the permanent exhibits and gardens
North Carolina is home to an amazingly rich flora, including many plant species found nowhere else in the world. For more than half a century, the North Carolina Botanical Garden has been dedicated to conserving that unique botanical legacy. Today, we cultivate more than 1,100 acres of garden and conservation areas, safeguard rare and endangered plant species from extinction, and educate new generations of plant lovers and environmental citizens.
The Chicago Botanic Garden, with its world-renown plant collections and displays, is one of the nation's most-visited public gardens and a preeminent center for learning and scientific research. Their mission is to promote the enjoyment, understanding, and conservation of plants and the natural world. The Chicago Horticultural Society began creation of the gardens in 1965 and opened to the public in 1972, using the gardens to carry out this mission.
Started in 1951 and located in the middle of the Mile High City, Denver Botanic Gardens was one of the first gardens in the country to emphasize native plants and to champion environmentally responsible practices, such as water conservation and biological control of pests.Denver Botanic Gardens offers spectacular plant displays, unlimited opportunities for lifelong learning and research that helps preserve Colorado's precious natural resources. Denver Botanic Gardens features over 15,000 plant taxa, including 98 of the Project BudBurst target species.
Hoyt Arboretum is Portland, Oregon’s museum of living trees, where anyone can enjoy trees that are both familiar and unexpected. Founded in 1928 to conserve endangered species and educate the community, the arboretum encompasses 190 ridge-top acres, accessible by 12 miles of hiking trails. More than 6,000 specimens from around the world grow here, including more than 2,300 species, 63 of which are vulnerable or endangered. To the local community, Hoyt Arboretum represents a unique setting for education, fitness and reflection. To the world, Hoyt Arboretum is a critical partner in global conservation and scientific research.
The JC Raulston Arboretum is a nationally acclaimed garden with one of the largest and most diverse collections of landscape plants adapted for landscape use in the Southeast. Plants especially adapted to Piedmont North Carolina conditions are collected and evaluated in an effort to find superior plants for use in southern landscapes. As part of NC State University in Raleigh, NC, the JC Raulston Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages, guided tours, unique meeting facilities, and volunteer and membership opportunities as well as beautiful gardens for visitors to enjoy.
Nestled within the urban landscape of Palos Heights, Illinois, Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens welcomes visitors to explore natural areas and beautifully landscaped gardens. There are more than a dozen gardens, including the popular Waterfall Garden, Anniversary Garden and Butterfly Garden. Our gardens showcase not only ornamentals, but also native species, heirloom vegetables and conifers. The restored prairie provides an ideal backdrop to both our Heritage Garden and Kupchick Woodland Wildflower Garden. Alongside picturesque Lake Katherine is the arboretum, home to a wide variety of tree species. There are also several wooded paths for visitors to enjoy through the restored woodland areas and around the lake.
Lurie Garden at Millennium Park is an urban oasis showcasing a harmonious blend of symbolism, landscape design, and ecological sensitivity. We are a 5 acre chemical-free garden located in the heart of downtown Chicago just steps from Lake Michigan. World renowned plantsman, Piet Oudolf, designed our perennial plantings to be maintained sustainably and to provide for local fauna. Located along the Mississippi flyway, Lurie Garden is a respite for thousands of migratory birds and insects as well as a habitat supporting our local ecology.
Named one of the top 10 public gardens in the U.S. by tripadvisor.com and winner of the 2013 Horticulture Magazine Award for Garden Excellence, Duke Gardens is a stunning 55-acre public garden on the campus of Duke University in Durham, N.C. Among its many attractions are Italianate terraces, an Asiatic arboretum, a garden of native plants, a white garden, and an organic food garden. They offer classes, tours, free drop-in programs for families, and other events for adults and children, as well as internships, summer camps, and volunteer opportunities.