You’ve sat through the April showers, and now you are ready to see some May flowers! Here are the best places to drive to and enjoy this season’s blooms.
Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, GA
There are so many ways to experience this botanical garden. 30 acres feature everything from endangered tropical plants to desert plants. One of the crown jewels of this site is the high-elevation orchids being grown in the southeastern U.S. for the first time. View their other exhibits here!
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston, SC
This family-owned garden has remained dedicated to the original vision for 300 years. The azalea-lined paths look beautiful as they lead to living oaks and cypress-tupelo swamps. Use this as an escape from everyday life to a romantic getaway. Look out for egrets and alligators that hang out in the swamp!
Brookgreen Gardens, Myrtle Beach, SC
Head to this beach city for a great view of different plants and one of the most impressive American collections of outdoor sculptures. 300 sculptors have worked to provide 1,440 statues that are home to the garden. If that isn’t enough, they even have a zoo! The Lowcountry Zoo sits in the gardens and showcases alligators, bald eagles, owls, deer, and many more animals. This makes it the perfect choice for children!
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA
This garden is one of the best Botanical Gardens in the country. Relax as you walk through their diverse displays. Across their 50 acres, they have over a dozen themed gardens. These include a Rose Garden, Cherry Tree Walk, Asian Valley, and a domed conservatory which houses an orchid collection, among other attractions. They hold events year long, like their annual butterfly exhibit usually held in summer and Dominion Energy Gardenfest of Lights during the winter holidays.
Norfolk Botanical Garden, Norfolk, VA
Visit Virginia’s largest botanical garden. Nationally recognized for its deep-rooted history, this garden was founded in 1939. There is always something in bloom within their 175 acres and 52 themed gardens. There are also 95 species of birds and 30 kinds of butterflies that roam the grounds. Their Children’s Adventure Garden, World of Wonders, makes this site the perfect pick for a family trip packed with fun!
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